Originally a football player, Hunt played for Middle Tennessee State University before independently releasing the EP Between the Pines and penning hits for Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Billy Currington. MCA Nashville picked him up in 2014 and he released the album Montevallo, which sent all three of its first singles "Leave the Night On", "Take Your Time", and "House Party" to the top of the Billboard country charts. His second album was led off by his biggest single to date, "Body Like a Back Road"; that song set country music chart records — 34 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Although he stumbled somewhat with followup singles, he was able to reclaim the top of the country charts with his 2020 hit "Kinfolks" from his long-delayed second album Southside.
Hunt's music has received praise for his lyrical skill and distinctive pop, R&B, and rap-influenced production, although the latter has also gotten him a great deal of derision.
- Between the Pines (2013, reissued 2015)
- X2C (EP) (2014)
- Montevallo (2014)
- Southside (2020)
Tropes present in his work:
- Break-Up Song: "Break Up in a Small Town" is about constantly running into a woman with whom he has broken up.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Before having any hits of his own, he wrote "Come Over" for Kenny Chesney, "Cop Car" for Keith Urban, and "We Are Tonight" for Billy Currington.
- Intercourse with You: "Body Like a Back Road", if one can get past the metaphors.
- Loud of War: In "House Party":We'll wake up all the neighbors
'Til the whole block hates us
- Lyrics/Video Mismatch: "Take Your Time", in which a man attempts to show his interest to a woman in a low-stakes conversation, has a video with a Domestic Abuse theme.
- Motor Mouth: "Break Up in a Small Town" has rapid-fire spoken-word verses, as does "Take Your Time" to a slightly lesser extent.
- Precision F-Strike: One that was obviously muted for radio in "Break Up in a Small Town":And I wanna jump out, I wanna fight
I wanna say, "Fuck that guy!" but I can't
'Cause it's my fault, I let her go...
- Punny Name: "Ex to See" (ecstasy).
- Sampling: "Hard to Forget" samples Webb Pierce's 1953 hit "There Stands the Glass".