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Sam Hunt Performs Publicly For The First Time Since His Drunk Driving Arrest

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By Clark Sparky

Country star Sam Hunt is back to performing for adoring fans following his drunk driving arrest in Nashville on November 21. The singer was part of New York's Country 94.7's Stars and Strings concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was his first New York City concert in over two years.

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Sources in attendance at the show spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the event.

It was reportedly "high-energy and enthusiastic" and Hunt "seemed really in the moment, happy, and excited to be back on stage performing. He was smiling the entire time as he came into the crowd. He was very friendly!"

"It was nothing but pure excitement and lots of screaming from the crowd," the source added.

He played for about an hour after hitting the stage around 10 p.m. Hunt rocked out all his hits, including "Body Like a Back Road," "Cop Car," and his new single "Kinfolks."

He told the crowd he has a new album coming out soon, which will. be followed by a tour.

"We're finishing it up before January," the 34-year-old told the crowd. "We're going to hit the road and tour next year. I didn't do a lot of dates this year, but next year we're hitting it hard!"

Specific tour dates and cities have not yet been announced.

Hunt was arrested early on the morning of November 21 after police were alerted to a car driving down the wrong side of the road and swerving. When he was asked for his driver's license, he reportedly gave the officer a credit card and his passport. A field sobriety test revealed a blood alcohol content of .173, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

The singer later apologized on Twitter. "Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville. It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It won’t happen again."

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