You can use a ukulele video lesson to master the country music hit, “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt. Country is a natural genre for the ukulele thanks at least in part to the folk roots of the musical genre, as well as the musical instrument. The song is a great deal of fun to play and sing, and it marks something lighter than much of the music you’ll find on the rest of Hunt’s album.
“Body Like a Back Road” was written to change things up on the album. Hunt liked the direction of the album, but realized that a lot of it was heavy and somewhat dark. “Body Like a Back Road” was written after his engagement to Hannah Lee Fowler, and is at least in part an ode to love and exploration of both physical intimacy and emotional connection. Of the song, Hunt said, “I connect music to the emotions that come from relationships, so most of the songs that I write are inspired by those circumstances, emotions, feelings, all that kind of stuff.”
Sam Hunt did not write “Body Like a Back Road” on his own. In fact, there were several other artists involved in the process, including Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne. It was released in February 2017, and runs only 2:45 in length. Despite the short length, the song has managed to capture quite a few top slots in the charts, and actually reached #1 in the Hot Country Songs chart (Billboard).
Sam Hunt was born in 1984. While originally from Cedartown, Georgia, he got his start in Nashville, Tennessee, like so many other country music stars. Hunt’s style is notable for his fusion of different elements not usually found in country and western, including pop and R&B, as you’ll discover with a ukulele video lesson.
Interestingly, Hunt’s first love wasn’t necessarily music. It was football. In fact, he gained notice from the NFL after graduating from college. He was invited to try out for the Kansas City Chiefs, but failed to make the cut. In a move that surprised pretty much everyone in his life, he immediately moved to Nashville with nothing but some spare food and a minivan. There, he eventually found success as a songwriter, and won an ASCAP award for co-writing one of Kenney Chesney’s hit songs (“Come Over”). It was not until 2013 that he began releasing his own music.
In 2014, Hunt signed with MCA Nashville, and released his first album (actually, an EP). He followed that up with his first full-length album, “Montevallo”, which has been certified platinum and garnered him considerable acclaim. His latest album debuted in 2017, of which “Body Like a Back Road” was the first released lead single.
Is learning how to play “Body Like a Back Road” on the uke hard to do? At first glance, you might think that, considering the fusion of different musical elements in Hunt’s style, as well as the upbeat tempo of the tune. However, as you’ll find when you watch a ukulele video lesson, it’s actually not really that difficult to master.
Again, there’s a natural correlation between country music and the ukulele, and while Hunt might have gained recognition for “fusion country”, he is at heart a country music star. Start from the beginning, master each progression, and you’ll be playing the song perfectly in very little time.Return to Home Page
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