50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2015

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Best Hope for a Genre-Free Future: Sam Hunt
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Best Hope for a Genre-Free Future: Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt will be touring with Lady Antebellum this summer, but on Wednesday afternoon he closed down winter by taking on the cool kids at Fader Fort. After Houston chopped-and-screwed disciple OG Ron C warmed the crowd with tracks like "Coco" and Lil Wayne's "O Let's Do It" remix, the Georgia-via-Nashville sweetie (dressed in Drizzy-esque all-black) proved himself with a professional, exuberant half-hour set of rowdy pop-country and snippets of tunes like "Jesus Walks" and "Bump N' Grind." Those unfamiliar with his work — all but a few scattered fans, identified by their screams — might have wondered if he were pandering. He wasn't.

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