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Country star Sam Hunt brings his ‘15 in a 30’ tour to Tampa

Country star Sam Hunt performs Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
Country star Sam Hunt performs Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. Publicity photo

He’s only released one album, but already Sam Hunt is one of the most talked-about artists in county music, and he’s on his second national tour as a headliner.

The tour comes to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday evening. If you don’t already have tickets, though, you may be out of luck because the show is sold out.

The tour is called “15 in a 30,” a reference to lyric from his recent single “Body Like a Back Road.”

Hunt was an established Nashville songwriter before he began recording, and had hits with Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” and Keith Urban’s “Cop Car,” among others. His first (and so far only) full-length album, “Montevallo,” hit the top of the country charts in 2014 and sold more than a million copies.

He’s been praised for his soulful vocals and for his distinctive blend of country, R&B and hip-hop. Dwight Yoakam favorably compared Hunt’s work to that of Ray Charles on his classic album, “The Modern Sounds of Country.”

Opening for Hunt for the Tampa show are Chris Janson, who is best known for his 2015 hit “Buy Me a Boat” and the album of the same name, and Maren Morris, the singer-songwriter whose biggest hit has been “My Church.” Morris announced her engagement to country star and occasional writing partner Ryan Hurd on Sunday.

Details: 7 p.m. July 14, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Sold out. 813-740-2446, livenation.com.

Marty Clear: 941-708-7919, @martinclear

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