0 PODCAST: Hunter Hayes Stops By With Drew (Hour Two)!

I had no idea Hunter Hayes was coming until he walked by the studio window yesterday afternoon, so I wrangled him into an afternoon on the air …

Click and listen below as we chat about where we’d find him on a weekend off the road, the one thing he does better than anyone else, who he’s digging on stage lately, the last time he woke up and didn’t know what city he was in, the person he modeled “Somebody’s Heartbreak” after, and more!

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0 PODCAST: Hunter Hayes Sits In With Drew (Hour One)!

What a cool surprise to have Hunter Hayes pop into the studio at 3:30p yesterday, and I turned a quick visit into a full afternoon …

Click and listen below as we chat about the initial surprise, his favorite Christmas memory, the biggest thing he’s learned in the last year, who he’d like to jam with in 2013, and the last time he said, “Oh my goodness, that just happened to me, this is MY life!”

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0 PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Zac Brown Band – A Backstage Experience Like No Other!

We had so much fun in Tinley Park last night, kickstarted by a backstage experience that no other country star can touch!

Zac’s famed “Eat & Greet” began with he and all the members of the band personally greeting you walking in (imagine a wedding reception line). The whole event exudes a relaxed, we’re-all-family atmosphere. Plenty of drinks and friends, Zac and his chef introduce each dish on the menu and it’s time to eat!

My favorites included the jalapeno cornbread, the sauced & marinated cauliflower (!), the beef tips and the chocolate peanut-butter bread pudding!

Once on stage, the guys jammed non-stop, including an acoustic, sit-down set with covers from Nirvana & Aerosmith too … truly a great way to end the summer concert series!

In case you weren’t able to join us, I took lots of photos HERE and shot two “99 Seconds With…” videos for Knee Deep and Toes HERE … enjoy!