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Country Star Sam Hunt Calls Off His Summer Tour Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Clark Sparky

Sam Hunt joined the long list of summer tours that have been cancelled or postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic when he announced on Wednesday that all of his Southside Summer dates are called off.

"The Southside Summer 2020 Tour will unfortunately no longer be taking place," a message on his record label's site read. "Thank you for understanding that this decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of our fans and touring family. Can’t wait to get back out on tour as soon as possible."

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Hunt released Southside, his first album of new music in five years last month and was set to hit the road in May in support of it. The start of the tour was then pushed to June, then to July, and now it's been cancelled altogether.

His album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums and featured the hit single "Kinfolks," which also went to the top of the charts.

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"Most of the plans that we’ve made, we’ve had to press pause on because things have gotten progressively worse," Hunt told Billboard last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, he found a silver lining. "People are at home on their phones entertaining themselves with music and videos," he explained. "It's a perfect time to release an album."

Fellow country stars Rascal Flatts also announced on Wednesday that their 2020 tour has been cancelled.

"Flattheads, after a lot of difficult conversations that we never thought we would be having, we have decided that in the interest of the safety of everyone involved we will not be moving forward with our Farewell Tour," their announcement began.

"2020 is still an important year for us as a band and a milestone we want to celebrate with our fans, so please stay tuned for some fun surprises coming your way soon!" they continued. "We love you and can’t thank you enough for being on this journey with us! Thank you for understanding. Stay safe, Rascal Flatts."

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