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Hunter Hayes was nervous as heck. That’s
what he told me, and actually, it’s what he told Joe Walsh, too. When I talked to Hayes recently, he talked about what it
was like to meet Walsh when they were rehearsing for the new episode of CMT Crossroads. “What was so cool was, when
I met him, I walk up, I shake his hand, and he said, ‘Nice to meet you. You all right? You look nervous,’” Hayes recalled.
“I said, ‘I’m nervous as heck.’ Then he said, ‘Don’t be. Enjoy it. Do whatever you want.’ Which is so cool, ’cause it’s Joe
Walsh, you know?” As they were getting ready to tape their performance of Walsh’s 1979 hit with the Eagles, “In the City,”