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Blake Shelton On Kelly Win

Blake Shelton On Kelly Win

Blake Shelton’s team has won The Voice six times, more than any other coach. However, he was prevented from repeating this last season by first-time coach, and long-time friend, Kelly Clarkson.  Blake talked about the experience with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “Before the season began, I said I’m going to allow her to win.…More

David Lee Murphy Returns

David Lee Murphy Returns

It’s been almost 15 years since David Lee Murphy was a co-host on the Countdown. The year was 2004, and the song was “Loco.” He’s back in our Top 5 with the song “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” and he told Lon the credit goes to Kenny Chesney: “Kenny was the brainchild behind this whole thing.…More

Dierks’ Busy CMA Fest

Dierks’ Busy CMA Fest

CMA Fest begins this Thursday, and it will be a busy week for Dierks Bentley.  His new album The Mountain will be released on Friday.  The day before, he is the CMA Artist of the Day, appearing at the Closeup Stage in the Nashville Convention Center.  Then that night, he performs a special late night…More

Dierks: Mountain High Tour

Dierks: Mountain High Tour

Dierks Bentley kicked off his Mountain High Tour a few weeks ago, featuring Brothers Osborne & LANCO, and the tour pranks have already begun.  He told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “The LANCO guys are great, I had them doing all kinds of crazy things, I had them jumping into trashcans full of ice, they’re…More

Dierks’ Nashville Bar Parties

Dierks’ Nashville Bar Parties

It’s been six months since Dierks Bentley opened his Whiskey Row Nashville.  Since then, the place has become the location for a few epic post-concert parties.  Dierks described the situation to Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “At Whiskey Row Nashville, I have a little backstage room upstairs, that’s just my room there to go hang…More

Podcast: Lon Interviews Dierks

Podcast: Lon Interviews Dierks

This week, Lon Helton interviews Dierks Bentley about his new album “The Mountain.”  It’s Dierks’ ninth album, and was written and recorded in Colorado.  Dierks brought some of his favorite songwriters on a writing retreat to Telluride last year.  After writing a bunch of songs, Dierks realized he also had to record the album in…More

Top 10 Memorial Day Songs

Top 10 Memorial Day Songs

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, and it goes back to the Civil War. The idea was to take a day and place flowers or a flag on the graves of soldiers. There are a lot of country songs that have a patriotic theme to them. Our Top 10 list focuses on recent…More

New Outlaws Exhibit At HOF

New Outlaws Exhibit At HOF

If you love outlaw country, there’s a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum for you.  They’re calling it “Outlaws & Armadillos,” and it spotlights the early 70s, and the music of Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings. There was a media preview of the exhibit, and Country Countdown USA spoke with…More

Luke Combs Loved Brit Tour

Luke Combs Loved Brit Tour

Earlier this year, Luke Combs made his first trip to Europe, to perform on the annual Country 2 Country Festival.  The festival takes place in several cities, including London, Glasgow, and Dublin.  Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton spoke with Luke about his first trip abroad. Is it what you expected? “The crowds in Europe listen…More

Luke & Luke Turkey Hunt

Luke & Luke Turkey Hunt

Luke Combs is friends with “the other Luke,” Luke Bryan. The two met last year at a festival.  Since then, they exchange texts from time to time.  One of those texts led to a recent hunting trip.  Luke Combs shared the story with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton. Did I see a photo of you…More

Dustin Lynch’s Surprise Single

Dustin Lynch’s Surprise Single

When Dustin Lynch released his album Current Mood, he said it described where he was at the time.  Obviously, his “mood” has changed a bit since last September, because he just released a brand new song that he wrote since that album was released.  The song is called “Good Girl,” and Country Countdown USA spoke…More

Darius Rucker’s Bucket List

Darius Rucker’s Bucket List

Writing his current hit “For The First Time” inspired Darius Rucker to put together a bucket list of things he’d never done.  He shared it with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “I just thought, what a great idea, ‘when was the last time you did something for the first time,’ let’s write that.  When we…More

Darius & Scotty’s Football Bet

Darius & Scotty’s Football Bet

Darius Rucker and Scotty McCreery are very passionate about their college football teams.  Last September, Darius’ South Carolina Gamecocks played Scotty’s North Carolina State Wolfpack.  The two singers got together at the game. Scotty told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton what happened next: “Darius was kind enough to invite me to his box, and we…More

Darius & The Troublemakers

Darius & The Troublemakers

A few weeks ago, Darius Rucker posted this picture of himself with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Charles Kelley, and titled it “The Troublemakers.”  Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton asked Darius about the circumstances behind the all-star photo. Tell me how it started? “I’ve been wanting to record the song ‘Straight To Hell’ for years,…More

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