ICYMI: Dan & Shay Co-Host

This week Dan & Shay join Lon Helton to co-host Country Countdown USA. Some of the conversation was about the recent CMA Awards and Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban: “We were so happy for Keith, just watching him play, he’s such a good guy, we shot him a text after the awards, congratulated him, and he hit back right away. He was very deserving.”

The guys performed Tequila on the CMA Awards show a few weeks ago. Dan said, “That front row is pretty intimidating, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban. You’re amongst your peers. There’s a lot of pressure in that moment, knowing there are millions of people watching. Plus we got a standing ovation so it was very special.”

Lon asked, have you watched it again? “Yes, absolutely. Shay hit that high note at the end and I love watching my face.” Shay added, “There’s a lot of memes from that, people saying ‘I just gottta get somebody who looks at me the way Dan looked at Shay when he hit that high note.”

Dan & Shay were part of the CMA Country Christmas special airing Monday on ABC. Shay told Lon his son Asher met Reba: “It was so cool, we were rehearsing, and afterwards my wife said: ‘We met Reba.’ I guess Asher saw her walk into her dressing room, and he followed her in. She gave him something to eat. She had some cookies and he started eating. We have a great picture of him & Reba.”

The guys tell Lon they’ll stay in Nashville for the holidays. Dan says, “We went to my wife’s family for Thanksgiving, so we’re hanging in Nashville. It’s fun here, because everyone goes home, and you can find parking. It’s nice.” It’s also Shay’s son’s second Christmas: “But it’s his first Christmas where he’s aware. He’ll be flipping out over his toys. We just moved into a new house, so it’ll be cool to make it special.”

Dan let it slip that he & his wife were at the home of Thomas Rhett recently. Lon wanted to know more: “He shares an affinity for tequila like us. Dierks Bentley was also there. It was a good hang. Thomas went all out on his patio, it has outdoor fireplace with a TV, has a little bar, watched a little football.”

Lon then asked if Dan has ever gone shopping with Thomas? “We went shopping, he went to buy shoes in New Orleans. I know nothing about sneaker culture, but he was obviously very into it. I think he bought a few pairs that day.”

Dan & Shay also have great stories this week about Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Keith Urban, and Kane Brown.

NEXT WEEK: Brett Eldredge


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