Sam Hunt Reveals the Meaning Behind His Album Title, “Montevallo,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupSam Hunt's debut album, Montevallo, is now in stores featuring his breakthrough hit "Leave the Night On."

The album title comes from the name of a city in Alabama about 25 minutes south of Birmingham. Sam played football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to Nashville. Once he got to Music City, Sam ended up dating a girl who lived down in Montevallo. Though that relationship is now over, that girl is the main inspiration for the songs Sam wrote and recorded for his debut project.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I spent a lot of time talking to her about songs. I probably should have included her as a co-writer on a lot of these songs because I spent a lot of time chatting with her."

Spending so much time with that girl made Sam tap into a vulnerable side of himself he hadn't been able to display on the football field.

"I got a lot of insight into females in general from being in a close relationship with her," Sam says. "I used a lot of that when writing on the songs, because a lot of the songs are relationship-based. I didn't want it to be just extra-macho."

While Sam shows his sensitive side on songs like "Break Up in a Small Town" and "Take Your Time," he also comes off as a very confident guy on other tracks such as "House Party," "Speakers" and "Leave the Night On."

Sam explains, "You know, I think there is a side of me personally that can be vulnerable, and there's also a side that can be the opposite of that."

He adds, "I think it takes a strength to be vulnerable, so it is a weird paradox there that I think sort of happens on the album."

Look for Sam to perform a song from Montevallo on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday and Live with Kelly & Michael on Thursday.

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Sam Hunt Reveals the Meaning Behind His Album Title, “Montevallo,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupSam Hunt's debut album, Montevallo, is now in stores featuring his breakthrough hit "Leave the Night On."

The album title comes from the name of a city in Alabama about 25 minutes south of Birmingham. Sam played football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to Nashville. Once he got to Music City, Sam ended up dating a girl who lived down in Montevallo. Though that relationship is now over, that girl is the main inspiration for the songs Sam wrote and recorded for his debut project.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I spent a lot of time talking to her about songs. I probably should have included her as a co-writer on a lot of these songs because I spent a lot of time chatting with her."

Spending so much time with that girl made Sam tap into a vulnerable side of himself he hadn't been able to display on the football field.

"I got a lot of insight into females in general from being in a close relationship with her," Sam says. "I used a lot of that when writing on the songs, because a lot of the songs are relationship-based. I didn't want it to be just extra-macho."

While Sam shows his sensitive side on songs like "Break Up in a Small Town" and "Take Your Time," he also comes off as a very confident guy on other tracks such as "House Party," "Speakers" and "Leave the Night On."

Sam explains, "You know, I think there is a side of me personally that can be vulnerable, and there's also a side that can be the opposite of that."

He adds, "I think it takes a strength to be vulnerable, so it is a weird paradox there that I think sort of happens on the album."

Look for Sam to perform a song from Montevallo on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday and Live with Kelly & Michael on Thursday.

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Ronnie Milsap Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Image Courtesy CMARonnie Milsap was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night in Nashville at the organization's annual Medallion Ceremony. Ronnie was on hand to accept the honor following tribute performances from Martina McBride on "(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time" and Hunter Hayes on "(There's) Gettin' Over Me." Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill and R&B legend Sam Moore also teamed up to sing Ronnie's 1985 hit, "Lost in the Fifties Tonight."

Bluegrass pioneer Mac Wiseman and the late songwriter Hank Cochran were also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night. Alison Krauss saluted Hank with performances of his notable compositions "Make the World Go Away," which was a hit for Eddy Arnold, and "Don't Touch Me," which won a Grammy for Hank's former wife, Jeannie Seely, in 1966. Gene Watson covered Hank's song "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me," and Charlie Daniels was on hand to sing Mac Wiseman's song, "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy."

The evening ended with Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris, Randy Owen of Alabama, Charley Pride and Brenda Lee joining this year's inductees and performers onstage to sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."

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Ronnie Milsap Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Image Courtesy CMARonnie Milsap was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night in Nashville at the organization's annual Medallion Ceremony. Ronnie was on hand to accept the honor following tribute performances from Martina McBride on "(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time" and Hunter Hayes on "(There's) Gettin' Over Me." Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill and R&B legend Sam Moore also teamed up to sing Ronnie's 1985 hit, "Lost in the Fifties Tonight."

Bluegrass pioneer Mac Wiseman and the late songwriter Hank Cochran were also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night. Alison Krauss saluted Hank with performances of his notable compositions "Make the World Go Away," which was a hit for Eddy Arnold, and "Don't Touch Me," which won a Grammy for Hank's former wife, Jeannie Seely, in 1966. Gene Watson covered Hank's song "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me," and Charlie Daniels was on hand to sing Mac Wiseman's song, "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy."

The evening ended with Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris, Randy Owen of Alabama, Charley Pride and Brenda Lee joining this year's inductees and performers onstage to sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."

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The Swon Brothers Help Former Tennessee Coach Phil Fulmer Surprise His Daughter

Image Courtesy Splash PRThe Swon Brothers helped former Tennessee Volunteers football coach Phil Fulmer surprise his daughter at her wedding reception last weekend in Maryville, Tennessee. The brothers played Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl" as Fulmer and his daughter shared their father-daughter dance. The Fulmer family has been fans of The Swon Brothers since the duo competed on The Voice.

To show his appreciation, Coach Fulmer presented Colton and Zach Swon with autographed Tennessee Vols footballs.

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The Swon Brothers Help Former Tennessee Coach Phil Fulmer Surprise His Daughter

Image Courtesy Splash PRThe Swon Brothers helped former Tennessee Volunteers football coach Phil Fulmer surprise his daughter at her wedding reception last weekend in Maryville, Tennessee. The brothers played Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl" as Fulmer and his daughter shared their father-daughter dance. The Fulmer family has been fans of The Swon Brothers since the duo competed on The Voice.

To show his appreciation, Coach Fulmer presented Colton and Zach Swon with autographed Tennessee Vols footballs.

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