For many years when he was growing up in south Louisiana, Hunter Hayes would have his parents bring him by the 97.3 The Dawg studios to meet the new up-and-coming artists. You could tell even back then that he had a passion burning inside to be one of those artists one day.

Of course, that day has come. Actually it's kind of passed as he's now a bona fide star!

But no matter how much success has come his way, Hunter always takes time out when he's in town to say hi. We're very proud to call he and his family dear friends of the station.

So when Hunter quietly popped by yesterday, he graciously gave us a few minutes of his time to put on his "country music star" hat and sit down for a quick interview with Stephanie Crist.