Randy Houser is enjoying life more than ever these days as he gets to spend the summer opening shows for his musical hero, Willie Nelson, on the 2011 Country Throwdown Tour. While the show has only stopped in a handful of cities thus far, Houser says every second of the day has been nothing short of amazing.

"The coolest thing about this is every night after I get to play, I get to go out and watch Willie play," Houser tells Taste of Country. "He's my biggest hero, and I get to see him every night! Hell ... I’m good [laughs]!"

Besides hanging with Nelson on the tour, Houser is also around good company with most of his closest friends on the country music scene: Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Jamey Johnson, Brantley Gilbert and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.

"All my buddies are out here, and I’m getting to tour with my biggest hero for the summer," says Houser. "It’s amazing! There’s a lot of fun that goes on behind the scenes … we’re having a lot of cookouts and writing songs and hanging out, and just getting to hang out with my buddies, instead of going off and doing my own thing this summer, and not seeing any of my friends. This is pretty cool."

Houser does, however, have his learning cap on during the tour, especially when watching Nelson who has been going at it strong for over 50 years.

"The biggest thing I've learned from watching Willie each night is probably patience and how to chill and relax a little bit," notes Houser. "I hope that I’m still doing this at 78-years-old!"

Click here for a complete list of dates where the 2011 Country Throwdown Tour will be stopping.

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