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Hunter Hayes ("Storm Warning," "Wanted") recently hit the road with Carrie Underwood for a string of tour dates. And so far, so good. Great, even. Hayes told CMT Radio that the two country singers have become close friends. "It's a very sister-brother kind of thing," he said. And he's looking at this tour as a time to soak up advice from Underwood, a lot like he did when he was opening for a handful of Taylor Swift's concerts last year. "I very much look up to [Underwood]. I mean, she's so down to earth and so real about everything, and I love that. I respect that. I want to make sure people can say that about me in years from now or whatever," Hayes said. "It's such a cool thing."