Hunter Hayes Is a Vinyl Junkie

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Like a lot of musicians and people who work in music, Hunter Hayes is a pretty obsessive music fan. His new hobby is collecting vinyl records from local stores, and then entering all the recording information into his devices.

More than including just artist names and song titles and composers, he goes all out. “The artist name, the studio it was recorded in if I can find it,” says Hunter, whose new album, Storyline, hits stores May 6. “Every now and then I’ll put the musicians that were listed on it if I’ve got time to do that. Every track on the record is listed.”

As Hunter has been busily cataloging this information, he also has noticed some patterns on old albums that he tried to incorporate into Storyline in addition to current single “Invisible.” “There’s like a four-year era where I just love everything that came out,” he says, laughing. “In reading through these records, there’s just so many interesting things. It’s an introduction to a whole new library of music. I saw a lot interludes and things. I’ve always wanted that kind of stuff on my record because I heard it on some of my favorite records. I just love how it makes the record feel like a complete thought as opposed to a series of songs we chose.”

Read more with Hunter in the May 12 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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