Sam Hunt tackles the heartbreaking realities of domestic violence — and tackles a really bad dude — in his brand-new video for “Take Your Time.” (Watch above.)
The dismal storyline of the Tim Mattia-directed clip is completely unpredictable, given the fact that “Take Your Time” is essentially a love song. Its leading lady feels anything but love, as she is slapped and pushed around by the guy presumed to be the father of her infant son (and often in front of the baby).
“I want Sam to surprise people with this video and its darker, grittier edge,” says Mattia.
Instead of playing out the “Take Your Time” lyrics about a lovestruck-at-first-sight guy trying to meet a woman without brazenly hitting on her, Hunt plays a barroom vigilante in the video. He witnesses the fighting going on between the couple and wins a knock-down, drag-out fight with the abusive guy — allowing the woman and her baby to make a getaway. He doesn’t get the girl in the end, and he’s probably got some serious bruises — but Hunt walks away a hero.
With “Take Your Time,” the singer is two for two. It is the second single from his Montevallo album, following “Leave the Night On,” and both have gone Number One. Hunt co-wrote both tunes with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, two Music Row heavy-hitters who — unlike many — embraced the Georgia native’s left-of-center sound.
“I experimented and explored ways to find my own niche in Nashville, and I was having trouble with it for a while because stylistically I didn’t feel like I necessarily fit in,” Hunt tells Rolling Stone Country of his earlier writing days as a Music City newcomer. “When I met Shane, he was the first person that embraced the ideas and direction I wanted to go with an open mind. We were very likeminded with how we approach songwriting.”
McAnally is also a co-producer, along with Zach Crowell, on Montevallo. Selling more than 70,000 copies in its first week, the LP debuted at the top of the country charts last October.