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Carrie Previews The CMA Awards

Carrie Previews The CMA Awards

The 53rd annual CMA Awards will take place this Wednesday night, broadcast live on ABC-TV.  Carrie Underwood will be joined by special guest co-hosts Reba McEntire & Dolly Parton.  Lon spoke with Carrie about this year’s show: I definitely applaud the CMA for wanting to have this show be a tribute to the women of…More

Trisha Yearwood: Busy Fall

Trisha Yearwood: Busy Fall

This week’s co-host, Trisha Yearwood, just released her first album of new material in 12 years, and is back in our Top 30 after an absence of more than 10 years. She’s headlining her first tour in five years, and she will host the CMA Country Christmas TV special next month. Those are just a…More

Brantley Gilbert on Fatherhood

Brantley Gilbert on Fatherhood

This week’s co-host is Brantley Gilbert, who just became the father of his second child, a daughter he & his wife Amber have named Braylen. Brantley also talks about his 2 year old son Barrett. His latest album is “Fire & Brimstone,” featuring his current Top 5 hit “What Happens In a Small Town.” Brantley…More

Russell Dickerson’s Very Hot Summer

Russell Dickerson’s Very Hot Summer

This week’s co-host Russell Dickerson spent the summer on Thomas Rhett’s Very Hot Summer Tour. He shares some of his experiences this week. For example, Thomas usually tours with his family. “It’s like all hands on deck, but that’s the family environment of a tour. He’s up early, when the girls are out, he spends…More

Cole Swindell: Stunned By Church

Cole Swindell: Stunned By Church

This week’s co-host, Cole Swindell, has been on the road all summer with his longtime friend Luke Bryan. “It’s been cool to be out there again with him. It’s what I wanted to do this year. He’s hilarious, but he’s such a good guy. It was a pleasure to be around him.” Cole says he…More

Chris Janson Has ‘Real Friends’

Chris Janson Has ‘Real Friends’

This week’s co-host, Chris Janson, will release his third album next week. He’s been on tour with Chris Young all summer. Plus he’s in our Top 10 this week with “Good Vibes.” Chris told Lon that he received a very nice end-of-tour gift from Chris Young: “He gave me a vintage guitar, a 1935 D-18…More

Vince Gill Okie Podcast

Vince Gill Okie Podcast

Listen as Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton speaks with Vince Gill about his new album Okie.  They talk in detail about several songs, including Letter To My Mama.  This is an album that’s very personal to Vince.  He says he wrote some songs many years ago.  Others were written recently.  He made the album without…More

Vince Gill: Career As Collaborator

Vince Gill: Career As Collaborator

This week’s co-host Vince Gill has a unique place in country music. First as a hitmaker on his own. But now as a friend and mentor to the new generation of stars. He’ll talk about his relationships with some of the hottest stars in the countdown. For example, he just inducted Luke Combs as the…More

Carrie Underwood: Two Boy Tour

Carrie Underwood: Two Boy Tour

This week’s co-host is Carrie Underwood, who just kicked off the fall leg of her Cry Pretty Tour 360. She described her unique stage to Lon: “Our stage isn’t a stage, but a series of walkways, all in the shape of an eye, for the Cry Pretty album packaging. It looks really cool.” Carrie told…More

Chris Lane’s Engagement Story

Chris Lane’s Engagement Story

This week’s co-host is Chris Lane, who got engaged in June to Lauren Bushnell, a former contestant on “The Bachelor.” During the countdown, Lon asks Chris about his fiancé, their new home, their new dog, and their plans for getting married. Lon begins by asking Chris how they met: “We met 4 years ago at…More

Dierks Bentley’s Fishing Ticket

Dierks Bentley’s Fishing Ticket

This week Dierks Bentley co-hosts the countdown. It’s his first interview since hosting his Seven Peaks Festival in Colorado. He talks about the artists at the Festival, his 3 CMA nominations, and the real story of how he received a ticket for fishing without a license in Colorado. One of the artists at Seven Peaks…More

Top 10 Songs About 9-11

Top 10 Songs About 9-11

An event as emotional as the terrorist attacks of 9-11 was bound to inspire a lot of music. There were several songs released in the weeks before the event that found new meaning on that September Day. And there were several more that were directly inspired by 9-11 and the subsequent war. No question that…More

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party

This week’s co-host Luke Bryan joins Lon to talk about his Sunset Repeat Tour, his 5th annual Crash My Playa festival, next year’s American Idol, and his appearance at this year’s NFL Draft. Several artists who took part in Crash My Playa ate in the Top 30: Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, and Thomas Rhett. He…More

Top 10 Labor Day Songs

Top 10 Labor Day Songs

This list is almost impossible to do, but here’s an attempt at the Top 10 Country Work Songs: #10: Workin’ Man (Nowhere To Go) — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. These guys had a string of hits in the 80s, including “Fishin’ In the Dark.” This 1988 Top 5 still sounds as good today as it…More

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