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Cole Swindell’s Celebrity Moments

Cole Swindell’s Celebrity Moments

This week, Cole Swindell co-hosts the Countdown. Cole & Lon discuss Cole’s Ready To Drink Again Tour, his new album All Of It, and a lot of Cole’s friends in the Top 30. As Cole begins his headline tour, Lon asked him who he looks to for ideas: “I’ve learned from everybody we’ve toured with.…More

TIm McGraw: Neon Church

TIm McGraw: Neon Church

Tim McGraw co-hosts this week’s Countdown, and will introduce his first new solo single in two years. Lon asked Tim to describe what people will hear in the new song: “The guitars on this song are killer, there’s great stuff all over it. You can listen to this record, I love the lyrics, such a…More

Russell Dickerson’s Musical Life

Russell Dickerson’s Musical Life

This week Russell Dickerson makes his countdown co-hosting debut. He shares some of his story, and the country stars who’ve helped him along the way, including Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, and Florida Georgia Line. Russell credits two musical influences from his youth: Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. “One of the first memories of Garth was…More

Old Dominion Show Highlights

Old Dominion Show Highlights

Last April, Old Dominion was named the ACM Group of the Year. They told Lon they were completely surprised: “When they called our name it was like slow motion. It was quite a trip.” How does it change things? “It showed up we had support we didn’t know we had. It changed our perception of…More

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

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