As I'm sure most of you know, I was able to attend Sam Hunt's last concert for this year at Mohegan Sun. Yes. I'm a fan girl and, yes, CJ made me a sign to bring along.

Okay, so I might have left the sign in my hotel room. But I still had an amazing time at the show even if I didn't get to meet Sam.

I know a lot of people give Sam Hunt a hard time for not being "real country." I completely understand the argument, but after seeing him live I think we need to cut him some slack. Sam has such an appreciation for the country music genre. He paid homage to Merle Haggard by performing "Mama Tried." It gave me chills.

I'm not saying his vocals were flawless and it was better that the original, but the passion he put behind it and the words he spoke about how much country means to him really left an impact.

2016 Windy City LakeShake Country Music Festival
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Of course, he added his R&B flare on songs like "We are Tonight" (which is performed by Billy Currington, but written by Mr. Hunt) by mashing it up with Rihanna's "We Found Love." He slowed things down and did a 10-minute acoustic set covering his favorite country songs at the moment and shouting out all of the artist he was covering (Maren Morris, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell and Luke Bryan.)

Overall, it was an amazing show. There wasn't a dull moment and Sam seemed to be humbled by the whole experience. To be honest the thing that crossed my mind the most? How incredible Taste of Country 2017 will be

See you in June, Sam!

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