Sam Hunt’s “Hard to Forget” mixes country’s past and present

    It samples Webb Pierce’s 1953 song “There Stands the Glass.”

    Sam Hunt performing at CMA Music Festival 2017
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    Sam Hunt combines traditional and modern country on his new song, “Hard to Forget.”

    The upbeat track opens with a sample of honky-tonk singer Webb Pierce’s 1953 classic “There Stands the Glass.” The drum beats and twangy guitars then kick in, as Hunt jumps in with sweet lines about an old flame that he can’t let go of. “So much for so long, out of sight, out of mind / Girl you’re looking so good, it’s driving me out of mine / You’re breaking my heart / Baby, you’re playing hard to forget,” he sings.

    “Hard to Forget” is the latest preview of Hunt’s forthcoming sophomore album, Southside, following “Sinning With You” and “Downtown’s Dead.” The singer first made his debut in 2014 with “Montevallo.”

    Listen to “Hard to Forget” here: