Sam Hunt and his band share a head-bobbing good time with fans during live performances of his latest single, “House Party.” Now, the party extends to a splashy video that features the singer and his buddies playing laser tag, Frisbee and baseball, and just generally chilling backstage before inviting the crowd to share in their soirée.
“House Party,” however, is really less about hanging out with friends, and more about spending a night in with that special someone, albeit with music that’s cranked up loud enough to “wake up all the neighbors, ’til the whole block hates us/And the cops show up, try to shut us down.” Sounds like some very adult-oriented fun, yet the genre-defying Hunt had a younger crowd in mind when he decided to release “House Party” as a single.
“The reason I wanted to put it out is, my friends who have little brothers or sisters, or kids of their own — that’s the one song that ages four to 12 like the best,” Hunt tells Rolling Stone Country, adding, “I like having that unbiased approval of a young child.”
“House Party,” co-written by Hunt with Zach Crowell and Jerry Flowers, is the third single from the gold-certified Montevallo, which has already scored two chart-topping radio hits, “Leave the Night On” and “Take Your Time.” Both of those singles have sold in excess of one million copies each.
Although Hunt and his band are a cohesive unit on stage, and also spend much of their downtime between shows together, their fraternity extends to days off from touring as well, much to the surprise of Crowell, who also produced the Georgia native’s album with songwriter Shane McAnally.
“Zach, he’s always astonished that we come home and still spend as much time together as we do on the road, instead of all going our separate ways,” says Hunt. “You’d think we’d be tired of each other, but I think that’s the reason it works so well on the road is that we really do get along really, really well and we’re best buddies. If we weren’t playing music we would be hanging out together doing something else. So, it works out.”
Hunt and his pals are currently on the Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes, with select dates on their own Lipstick Graffiti trek popping up throughout the summer as well.