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Brett Eldredge Christmas Stories

Brett Eldredge Christmas Stories

This week, Brett Eldredge co-hosts the Countdown to play songs from his new Glow Deluxe Christmas album, and look ahead to his plans for 2019. Brett told Lon, “I’m in the holiday spirit, it’s my favorite time of year. I love the magic of Christmas music, and the classic nostalgia of it. We did a…More

ICYMI: Dan & Shay Co-Host

ICYMI: Dan & Shay Co-Host

This week Dan & Shay join Lon Helton to co-host Country Countdown USA. Some of the conversation was about the recent CMA Awards and Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban: “We were so happy for Keith, just watching him play, he’s such a good guy, we shot him a text after the awards, congratulated him,…More

2019 Grammy Nominations

2019 Grammy Nominations

The 2019 Grammy nominations have been announced. These are the nominees in the Country categories. The 61st annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday February 10th, broadcast live on CBS-TV. Best Country Solo Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT? Loretta…More

Church & Springsteen Together

Church & Springsteen Together

A few weeks ago, a very amazing thing happened at a benefit in New York City.  It was the annual Stand Up For Heroes event for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.  That night, Eric Church got the opportunity to sing with Bruce Springsteen. He described the entire experience to Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton, and talked…More

Eric Church On CMA Awards

Eric Church On CMA Awards

This week’s co-host Eric Church says he was a last-minute addition to the CMA Awards. How last minute? Eric tells Lon Helton it was less than 48 hours. “It was unexpected, and that made it enjoyable. You don’t have time to think about it. You just show up and play. We had fun with the…More

Podcast: Eric Church Desperate Album

Podcast: Eric Church Desperate Album

This week, Eric Church co-hosted the countdown with Lon Helton.  During the countdown, they also talked in detail about many of the songs on Eric’s new album Desperate Man.  It was a very wide-ranging conversation about Eric’s process of making the album, writing the songs, and recording them in the studio.  There was so much…More

ICYMI: Garth Brooks Busy Month

ICYMI: Garth Brooks Busy Month

This week, Garth Brooks co-hosts the Countdown with Lon, with his newly-released Anthology Part 3, the upcoming TV special Garth At Notre Dame, and his 2019 stadium tour. “I thought we’d have this year off, but we’ve been extremely busy. It’s a lot more fun to be busy, than to look for work.” First on…More

Kane Brown’s Exciting Month

Kane Brown’s Exciting Month

This week, Kane Brown co-hosts the Countdown, and tells Lon about his brand new album, recent wedding, and winning three American Music Awards. Kane just released his second album called Experiment. He tells Lon: “I knew I wanted to have fun, up the energy of the show, and add elements of old school country music,…More

2018 CMA Awards Winners

2018 CMA Awards Winners

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE 52ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” Chris Stapleton Top Winner of the Night with Three Awards & Keith Urban Named Entertainer of the Year NASHVILLE – Chris Stapleton reveled in a celebratory night in Nashville as he took home three wins at “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards,” while Keith Urban warmed hearts with…More

2018 CMA Awards Nominees

2018 CMA Awards Nominees

“THE 52ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINAL NOMINEES (by ballot category order): ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Chris Stapleton Keith Urban SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s)) “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton Mix Engineer: Vance Powell “Drinkin’ Problem” –…More

Garth Brooks CMA Preview

Garth Brooks CMA Preview

Garth Brooks is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, but he’s not nominated for anything this year.  Nonetheless, he will perform on this year’s CMA Awards show Wednesday night.  He spoke with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton about the song he will perform: Tell me about this song: “Trisha asked me last night, ‘Are…More

Brad Paisley’s CMA Preview

Brad Paisley’s CMA Preview

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood will co-host the CMA Awards for the 11th straight year this Wednesday.  We caught up with Brad at his Nashville area home to get a preview. What can we expect? It’s the kind of year where, here’s the rule: What’s fun. What’s fun to talk about? That’s our rule. We’re…More

Maren Morris & Taylor Swift

Maren Morris & Taylor Swift

Maren Morris was invited to perform with Taylor Swift at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.  Maren described the experience with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “I was her special guest at the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium in Arlington.  That’s my hometown. My parents have a hair salon two blocks from the stadium. They worked all day and…More

Maren Morris Sings on CMAs

Maren Morris Sings on CMAs

This week Maren Morris co-hosts and talks about next week’s CMA Awards, where she’s nominated for two awards. “Female Vocalist is one of the biggest awards of the night. That category, look at the other women, I’m like, I guess I’ve made it! It’s gonna be fun. I really didn’t expect to be nominated for…More

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