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Sam Hunt, Take Your Time


Sam Hunt pulled no punches with his latest music video.

Fifteen years after the Dixie Chicks went with a female-empowerment murder plot to rid Jane Krakowski of her abusive husband played by Dennis Franz in their "Goodbye Earl" video, Hunt reminds us that domestic violence is as much of a scourge as ever.

In the Tim Mattia-directed video for "Take Your Time," off of his debut album Montevallo, the hunky country artist's wistful tune is the backdrop for a short feature about domestic violence. The object of Hunt's unrequited affection in this case is either married or otherwise involved with an abusive a-hole, and has a kid with him, and ultimately both she—and Hunt—reach the point where enough is enough.

"I want Sam to surprise people with this video and its darker, grittier edge," Mattias told Rolling Stone.

Mission accomplished.

The video's plot is both love story and survival story—and it shows how the support of just one person can mean the difference between escape and a potentially unspeakable fate.

In this case, Hunt doesn't sweep his leading lady off her feet, but he gives her the chance for a new life all the same. Watch the drama unfold right here:

Hunt first stole some serious spotlight at the 2014 CMA Awards in November, managing to overshadow his underwear-skipping co-presenter Lily Aldridge. Having already penned tunes for the likes of Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, the Georgia-born, football-playing singer-songwriter dropped Montevallo on Oct. 27.

About his own hopes for romance, the country gentleman told E! News back in October, " just have an open mind to a person that I will connect with in a very unique way. I kind of like that I don't know even know what those qualities are. It's more about just an invisible connection that you can't put your finger on."