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VOL № CW008 — October 2021


Sam Hunt
Why you'll love it...
Much of Montevallo was deceptive in its simplicity, hiding era-defining songwriting talent and a whole new mode of country crossover behind a seemingly easy-to-replicate formula of marrying traditional country instruments with programmed beats and slick, dynamic melodies. Its velvet revolution won Hunt years of radio dominance and anticipated a tidal wave of what’s been termed “boyfriend country” — legions of imitators who took the singer’s gently flirtatious tack and R&B influences to their cloying extremes. Plenty in Nashville didn’t see Montevallo as a changing of the guard, and even after he’d become a country megastar wrote him off as either a novelty, insufficiently capital-C Country, or both. When confronted with resistance about his own mode of widening country music’s lens Hun...
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Release Type
1 lp
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Crimson Tie-Dye
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Pressing Location
GZ Vinyl
Remastering Details
Lacquers Cut by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound; Plated at Welcome to 1979
Listening Notes Booklet by Natalie Weiner
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