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New To Top 20: Mitchell Tenpenny

New To Top 20: Mitchell Tenpenny

Nashville is known as Music City, but it’s rare that a Nashville native makes it into the Top 20!  That’s the story behind Mitchell Tenpenny. His grandmother was the head of Sony Publishing, so he actually has some family ties to music.  He spoke with Country Countdown USA about his life growing up in Music…More

Elk & Fish For Dustin Lynch

Elk & Fish For Dustin Lynch

Dustin Lynch has been on the road all summer playing fairs & festivals around the country. Sometimes those festivals put him in some pretty rugged territory.  He told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton about one show he played with Dierks Bentley: “Dierks & I shared a stage in Idaho.  This was an interesting day. I…More

Dustin Lynch Opry Invite

Dustin Lynch Opry Invite

This week’s co-host Dustin Lynch tells Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton what it feels like to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry: “It still feels a little weird, because I feel like I’m just getting started. And I hold being a member of the Opry at the top of the mountain. It’s…More

Luke Bryan Wants Opry Gig

Luke Bryan Wants Opry Gig

Fresh off the grand opening of his new Nashville restaurant, Luke Bryan has set his sights on another Music City institution: The Grand Ole Opry. Luke told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton that he’s happy his friend Dustin Lynch is the Opry’s newest member: “I called Dustin Lynch this morning and I congratulated Dustin. These…More

American Music Award Noms

American Music Award Noms

Kane Brown, Ella Mai, Normani and Bebe Rexha announced the nominations for the 2018 American Music Awards on Sept. 12. Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and Dan + Shay picked up multiple nominations in the country categories, while FGL and Maren Morris both earned nominations in the all-genre Collaboration of the Year category.…More

Dylan Scott Show Recap

Dylan Scott Show Recap

This week, we have a first-time co-host, Dylan Scott in the studio with Lon Helton. He told Lon how his Top 5 hit “Hooked” came to him: “I didn’t write this song, but some buddies of mine wrote it, and emailed it to me randomly. I was driving with my wife, I played it for…More

Top 10 Labor Day Songs

Top 10 Labor Day Songs

The history of country music is filled with songs about work and workers. The Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers, wrote a dozen songs on the subject, mostly about trains and trainmen, but also about muleskinners, sailors, and farmers. Recent history has continued the trend, with Merle Haggard, Alabama, and Alan Jackson each delivering several…More

Luke Bryan Co-Host Wrap-Up

Luke Bryan Co-Host Wrap-Up

Earlier this week, Luke Bryan hosted the announcements of the CMA Awards Nominees at his new restaurant in downtown Nashville. Luke was nominated once again for Entertainer of the Year, an award he’s won twice. The 52nd CMA Awards will take place on Wednesday November 14. Luke talked with Lon Helton about his new restaurant,…More

2018 CMA Nominations

2018 CMA Nominations

Chris Stapleton Tops the List of Finalists with Five Nominations Producer and Musician Dann Huff Receives Four Nominations, While Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban Are Up for Three Nominations Each Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Return To Host The CMA…More

Granger Smith: Earl Dibbles Jr.

Granger Smith: Earl Dibbles Jr.

Granger Smith’s alter ego, Earl Dibble Jr., is now a published author.  His book, “If You’re City, If You’re Country,” was released this week. We spoke with Granger & Earl about the new book. Granger said, “I created Earl a handful of years ago, it was just a promotional thing, me & my brother having…More

Thomas Rhett On Life Changes

Thomas Rhett On Life Changes

Thomas Rhett is definitely an expert when it comes to “life changes.” He told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “If you know me, you know what that song is all about. I think I was venting about what was happening in my life at that time. We were in the process of adopting Willa Gray,…More

Carrie Underwood’s Moving Blues

Carrie Underwood’s Moving Blues

Carrie Underwood & husband Mike Fisher bought a piece of property south of Nashville about 7 years ago.  In the past, she’s talked a lot about building a house on the property.  Now she’s closer to moving in to the new house.  Last year, she told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton she intended to get…More

Carrie Preps For Baby, Tour

Carrie Preps For Baby, Tour

Carrie Underwood surprised everyone last week with two big announcements: The first was that she was going to tour in 2019, and the second was that she & her husband were expecting a baby. She discussed both subjects with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: Carrie told Lon that she’s very excited about hitting the road:…More

Carrie Underwood Album Podcast

Carrie Underwood Album Podcast

Carrie Underwood will release her long-awaited new album on September 14th.  It’s the first time she’s co-produced an album. she’s working with David Garcia, who recently produced “Meant To Be” for BeBe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line.  She spoke with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton about the process of making the album, and co-writing her…More

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