Many of the songs on Sam Hunt's Montevallo
album, such as, "Break Up In A Small Town
", were inspired by his temporary split with girlfriend Hannah Lee Fowler. Though the pair are now married, Hunt is sticking to the same lyrical theme. Zach Crowell explained to Taste of Country
how the song correlates the way Hunt was feeling during the breakup with his increasingly successful music career.
"There was a time where they broke up when his career was taking off. There were things going on around him that he didn't want to experience without her - him realizing that what he wanted in his life was to be back with Hannah," he said.
Crowell added that he and the other writers tried to find the balance between penning a commercial song and one that remained true to Hunt's personal experience. "So it's a little autobiographical and where he was once the success had come, saying that, 'It's going good all around me, but I'm not satisfied.' That's where the truth of the song comes out and the phrase 'Downtown's dead without you.' It's a little bit of a metaphor of his career."