Sam Hunt Makes First Public Appearance Since DUI Arrest
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Sam Hunt took the stage on Wednesday for the first time since his arrest last month.
The "Body Like a Back Road" singer performed at New York's Country 94.7's Stars and Strings event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The appearance marked Hunt's first New York City show in over two years, and first since he was arrested for a DUI in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 21.
An eyewitness tells ET that Hunt's performance was "high-energy and enthusiastic."
The eyewitness says the country singer "seemed really in the moment, happy, and excited to be back on stage performing."
According to the source, Hunt's arrest was not a topic of conversation at the Barclays Center concert. "It was nothing but pure excitement and lots of screaming from the crowd."
Hunt took the stage around 10:00 P.M. ET and played for approximately one hour, including his hits like "Body Like a Back Road," "Cop Car," and his new single "Kinfolks."
According to the eyewitness, Hunt came into the audience during his second song and was walking up and down the rows throughout the floor section.
"He was smiling the entire time as he came into the crowd," the source says. "He was very friendly!"
While on stage, Sam also talked about his new music coming in the new year. "We're finishing it up before January," the 34-year-old told the audience in regards to a new record. "We're going to hit the road and tour next year," Hunt added. "I didn't do a lot of dates this year, but next year we're hitting it hard!"
Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Blanco Brown, Runaway June, Gone West and Matt Stell also performed at the event.
Meanwhile, a source tells ET that Hunt plans to lay low until after the holidays as he focuses on his upcoming release of new music.
Hunt interestingly had canceled another upcoming performance, at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards in Nashville on Thursday. ET learned at the time that it was Hunt's decision to back out of performing at the awards show.
"Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville," he wrote. "It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It won’t happen again."