Our friends over at MP3.com just relaunched their website, and to celebrate it, we’re helping them give away some of the best new country tracks for free all month long! Today, we’re featuring “Hunt You Down” by Mr. JT Hodges.
Singer-songwriter [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]JT Hodges[/lastfm]‘ song “Hunt You Down” may have one of the best lines in country music this year. It’s the perfect hook. It captures a bucket of feelings in a just few words and makes you think, “Wow, I wish I had said that,” which is exactly how you make a hit. “She said ‘look me up when you get back to town.’ ‘Look you up?’ I said, ‘Hell, I’m going to hunt you down.’”
“Hunt You Down” was inspired by a night out in Memphis (following a day at Graceland). Not only do the lyrics perfectly capture the spirit of a night out, out of town, once the gospel choir drops in around the two minute mark, you know that town can only be Memphis.
If JT’s rhythmic guitar playing strikes you as unique, you’re not mistaken. Even though he’s from Texas and grew up in a country music family and even played in several country bands as a youngster himself, some of his influences might surprise you. Hodges told our buddies over at Last.fm Discover about the one guy who influenced his guitar style the most:
“I was always writing songs, but I said, ‘I really want to play the guitar, and I want to find who I am as an artist’ after watching Dave Matthews play, oddly enough. I grew up in Cowtown (Fort Worth’s called “Cowtown”) and I listened to a lot of country music and I always enjoyed singing it, but when I saw Dave Matthews play and the way he went about– it was just different, and that inspired me” JT Hodges
You can check out an acoustic version of “Hunt You Down” from JT’s Discover session below, or you can just jump the gun and scroll down to download his mp3 for free below that.
JT also told us about how hard it is to break into country music. He said, “You don’t do this because it’s easy. You do it because you love it.” So true, but you know what is easy? Downloading “Hunt You Down” for free. Enjoy it!
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