Break Up In A Small Town

Album: Montevallo (2014)
Charted: 29
  • Hunt told Billboard magazine the genesis of this cut was when he was "singing that chorus melody late one night while riding around trying to come up with song ideas." After thinking over the "Break Up In a Small Town" concept, Hunt decided that he, "didn't want to write any more break up songs."

    However, a new melody that he'd started humming in the car convinced Hunt to change his mind. "It fit too perfectly not to go with it.," he said."

    The singer-songwriter took this idea to Montevallo co-producers Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally and played it for them on acoustic guitar. McAnally recalled hearing it and feeling, "like God had just dropped a pot of gold in my lap."
  • Hunt's sing-talk verses came together almost by accident: "I started talking out a verse concept, and Zach happened to be recording," he recalled. "He played back the talking in place of the verses."
  • This was one of the last songs Hunt wrote before finishing his Montevallo album. "The title explains everything you would expect about the song. It's just about growing up in a small town and you break up with a guy or a girl, and you think you're not gonna see 'em again," he explained. "You think they're long gone, but then you realize there's just so many streets and so many lights. You hang out with all the same people. They're the first person you see when you leave the house, so it's kind of hard to get away from 'em. That's what this whole song's about."


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