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“I could probably recite just about every song that was on country radio between 1990 and 2000,” says Sam Hunt. But if the Georgia native’s songs, like breakthrough single Leave the Night On, tell familiar country tales, the music has a decidedly ’90s R&B vibe. The combination seems to work well for Hunt: Leave the Night On, No. 6 on USA TODAY’s country airplay chart, has sold more than 600,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Plus, Hunt is on fall’s CMT On Tour 2014, opening for Kip Moore.