If you're looking for any lyrical clues that country singer Hunter Hayes may have influenced a track or two on Taylor Swift's Red, you won't find any. Swift's former Speak Now tourmate is pretty sure he didn't do anything to become the subject of any of the deeply personal tracks on the chart-topping album.
"That's funny. No, probably not," he told MTV News earlier this week. "No, I didn't hear anything. I didn't hear any songs about opening acts, so I would say no. I would guess no. Maybe not, maybe the next one."
With that cleared up, the "Wanted" singer then recalled what it was like to hit the road with the singer, remembering his first time hitting the stage in a massive venue while on the jaunt. "She's cool; she's super cool," he said of Swift. "I remember the first night I opened for her, it was my first time playing in an arena, like doing a show in an arena, and I was acoustic, so you can imagine how nerve racking it is to try and fill a room with 30,000 people or 20[,000] whatever with acoustic instruments on the stage by yourself, you know, but it was cool.
"We did the show," he continued. "I was nervous as all get out, like butterfly everything. I get off stage and I see this tall shadow and I'm like 'Is that her?' She was really complimentary and turns out she had sat there and watched the whole show from stage side and I just thought that was really cool. That meant a lot to me."
Now, he's opening for that other blond Nashville superstar, Carrie Underwood, on her equally massive Blown Away trek. But, with the way his star is rising, he may soon be on his own arena-filling headlining tour. Hayes is poised for some crossover success of his own.
He's won awards ranging from a Teen Choice Awards surfboard to a CMA Award for New Artist of the Year. He's also winning music fans over with his self-titled debut album, which dropped last year. But, out of all of it, he still can't get over the fact that he's famous enough to have an actual, real tour bus.
"Fame, whatever that is, yeah, it's just been really cool to finally get my own bus," he said. "I gutted the back, I put my own studio in it. I went completely geeky in it. I'm in my dream world. When I was in high school, I had binders with pictures of tour buses. I drew my set on the side of my notebook. It's cool to finally see all those pictures in reality 'cause they look a lot better now than they did then."