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Watch Sam Hunt’s Late-Night ‘Break Up’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

Grammy nominee keeps hooks big and touring band small during talk show performance

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LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 307 -- Pictured: Musical guest Sam Hunt performs on January 6, 2016 -- (Photo by: Jon Pack/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


Sam Hunt took “Break Up in a Small Town” to the big city yesterday, performing the platinum-selling single during Wednesday night’s episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers

Backed two electric guitarists, a drummer and a number of piped-in instruments, Hunt performed the splitsville tune with the confidence of someone who’s fully recovered from any sort of broken heart. He rapped the verses, crooned the chorus’s pop hooks and prowled the stage during his bandmate’s hard-rock guitar solo, his music taking cues from at least three genres during just as many minutes. Hunt may write about topics familiar to country fans, but songs like “Break Up in a Small Town” look far beyond Nashville’s city limits for inspiration. 

Appropriately, Hunt — whose upcoming tour includes dates in Mexico, the U.K. and a coast-to-coast span of the U.S. — will attend the annual Grammy ceremony next month, where he’s up for a pair of awards in both the country and all-genre categories. 


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