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When Maren Met McGraw

When Maren Met McGraw

Three years ago, Maren Morris was a new writer in Nashville without a record deal.  She had been in Music City for a year, and she found out that Tim McGraw was going to record one of her songs. She later got to meet him.  She talked about it with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton. “Tim…More

Maren’s Friendship With Kacey

Maren’s Friendship With Kacey

Maren Morris draws a lot of inspiration, both in her music and her career, from fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves.  In fact, the two met in Texas before either of them had record deals.  Maren talked about it with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton. “I remember a couple years ago when my friend Kacey Musgraves won…More

Dierks Bentley Sells Out Nashville

Dierks Bentley Sells Out Nashville

It was a show that was almost 25 years in the making.  Dierks Bentley has played Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena many times, the last being two years ago with Luke Bryan.  He’s played shows in Nashville many times, the last being an outdoor concert during the NHL All Star Game just one year ago.  But this…More

Grammy: Maren Texted Kelsea

Grammy: Maren Texted Kelsea

When the Grammy nominations were announced in December, Maren Morris says she immediately texted Kelsea Ballerini.  They’re both nominated for the all-genre Best New Artist.  Maren spoke with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton. “Kelsea was the first person I texted that morning. I woke up to my phone buzzing like crazy, and I thought that’s either…More

New To Top 30: Craig Campbell

New To Top 30: Craig Campbell

There’s a new song in our Top 30 this week called “Outskirts Of Heaven.”  It’s a song written and performed by Craig Campbell, who’s had charted hits before.  You might remember “Keep Them Kisses Comin,’” his first Top 10 in 2013.  Other hits include “Family Man” and “Outta My Head.”  But this song is a…More

Carrie Honors A Country Legend

Carrie Honors A Country Legend

Back in November, Carrie Underwood surprised Crystal Gayle by inviting her to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  “What a special moment.  Hopefully it was for her, but it was for me too.  When they asked me about doing it, the first thing that went through my head was, ‘She’s not already a…More

Carrie: No Schedule in 2017

Carrie: No Schedule in 2017

Carrie Underwood spent most of 2017 on the road with her Storyteller Tour.  She talked about her 2017 plans with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: As we begin 2017, what’s on your schedule for the new year? “There’s no set schedule to be honest.  I’m going to take some time to see some hockey.  When I feel…More

Carrie Underwood Goes Skydiving

Carrie Underwood Goes Skydiving

Last month, Carrie Underwood was on tour in Australia.  While there, she did something she’s never done before: She went skydiving!  She talked about the experience with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton.  Lon asked how that came about: “It was a whim.  We had a big group of people who wanted to go. The next thing we…More

Carrie: “Australians Are Southerners”

Carrie: “Australians Are Southerners”

Carrie Underwood spent a couple weeks in Australia last month, on tour with Keith Urban.   She told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “It was just a cool experience. Because he’s from that area, they love Keith there, so I was hoping to make some new fans. The people are so nice and friendly.  They’re like…More

Carrie Underwood Grammy Performer

Carrie Underwood Grammy Performer

The first round of performers at the 59th annual Grammy Awards have been announced during the NFL Playoffs Saturday night, and Carrie Underwood is among them.  Carrie is nominated for Best Solo Country Performance for “Church Bells.”  Carrie spoke with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton about her nomination: “I was in Australia when I got…More

Keith Urban Met Randy Travis

Keith Urban Met Randy Travis

There were about 150 past winners at the 50th annual CMA Awards this year.  It gave a lot of the current artists a chance to meet some of their musical heroes.  Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton asked Keith Urban who he wanted to meet: “I wanted to meet Roy Clark, and I didn’t get to…More

Keith Urban & Waylon’s Guitar

Keith Urban & Waylon’s Guitar

Keith Urban fans know that he owns a lot of guitars.  One of them has a special history, in that it was once owned by Waylon Jennings.  Keith told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton that he played that historic guitar during his show in Nashville last November. Lon and Keith were discussing the encore of…More

Keith Urban’s Aussie Christmas

Keith Urban’s Aussie Christmas

Keith Urban did a two-week tour of Australia in December. He told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton that when the tour ended, he stayed in Australia for the holidays: “Yeah we were there for Christmas, then of course we had to get back to Nashville quickly to play the New Year’s Eve show.  But we have tons of relatives there,…More

Keith Urban Rings In 2017

Keith Urban Rings In 2017

It may have been a wet start to the new year, but Keith Urban made sure it was rockin!’  This year’s event was billed as Music City Midnight, and it was the first time the celebration was held at the Bicentennial Mall, near the Tennessee State Capitol Building, as well as the home of the Nashville Sounds baseball…More

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