Sam Hunt has been performing an all-genre medley of 1990s hits during his live sets since he exploded onto the scene in 2014. The fan-favorite got a whole new life when Charles Kelley joined in during a private show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday.
The late-night performance was part of this year’s Country Radio Seminar, which showcases performances from some of the biggest names in the genre for important industry attendees. After being presented with a plaque recognizing his debut album, Montevallo, being certified double platinum, Hunt recruited Kelley for a laid-back acoustic break that included a little bit of everything.
After he and guitarist Tyrone Carreker provided a silky smooth version of Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, Hunt brought Kelley onto the stage for a harmonized mash-up of pop diva Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby”, Reba McEntire‘s classic “Fancy”, and Trisha Yearwood‘s “She’s in Love With the Boy”. Carreker then retook the reigns for a sassy version of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” before traveling back to the music of the 1980s. Hunt and Kelley traded verses of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, before closing it out with a stellar resurrection of Deana Carter‘s “Strawberry Wine”.
Say what you will about Sam Hunt, but he’s one artist who knows how to have a little fun when it comes to his live performances. Click below to see Sam Hunt and Charles Kelley’s impressive medley of old school hits at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.