Three Things We Learned About Hunter Hayes From His ‘Esquire’ Interview

In a profile that runs in the May, 2013 issue of Esquire, Hunter Hayes reveals a few things about himself, his musical preferences, and his background.

He also sits for a picture in a parking lot, playing guitar and wearing a few thousand bucks worth of clothes and shoes (this is a “music and style” feature, after all).

So what did we learn about Hunter from Esquire?

1) He loves mandolins and resonator (Dobro) guitars.

“Every demo I do has a mandolin or resonator on it — some element of the bluegrass or classic country world that I grew up listening to and that first drew me in.”

2) He is not nervous when playing live.

“The stage is my comfort zone, and playing live is what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s why I want to do two hundred dates a year. I wouldn’t feel that way if I were nervous onstage.

3) While he can play dozens of instruments, he’s also a lyric guy.

“Country music busts the wall between performer and audience. There’s a connection because there’s a vulnerability, a confessional quality, to so much of the songwriting. Those lyrics take you in.”

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