As Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt find themselves out on the road together as part of Kenny’s Spread the Love Tour, the three are starting to get rather cozy with one another.

Yet, the friendship between Miranda and Kenny has been a longstanding one. In fact, it was 2009 when Miranda first went out on the road with Kenny as an opener. And while her career has flourished to the point that she probably would be just fine headlining for the rest of her career, Miranda has always picked up the phone when Kenny called.

Because heck, that’s what friends are for.

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“Since 2009, she’s become this really important person in the music world,” Kenny told “Entertainment Weekly” about Miranda. “She’s probably the most successful person that’s ever opened for me—she doesn’t have to be out here, but she is. I don’t talk to her every day; we don’t call each other at Christmas. But when we see each other, it’s like we never left.”

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“It’s a low-maintenance friendship,” Miranda continued. “But I’ve learned a lot from him, and every tour I’ve been on, somebody’s learned from him. We take bits and pieces and apply it to our own gigs.”

Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney open up about their long-standing friendship Danny Clinch/Entertainment Weekly
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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