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Luke Bryan’s Crash Bash

Luke Bryan’s Crash Bash

This week Luke Bryan co-hosts the Countdown with stories about the just-ended Crash My Playa festival in Mexico, and the early rounds of American Idol. Luke told Lon, “We had a great time in Mexico. We left Playa and went straight to Hawaii for some American Idol taping. I literally never touched the water.” Why…More

Jason Aldean’s New Baby Girl

Jason Aldean’s New Baby Girl

On Monday, Jason and Brittany Aldean welcomed a baby girl to their family. This week Jason co-hosts the Countdown with Lon Helton, and explains how they named her Navy Rome: “Britt & I would put names on a list, and that’s what we did with Memphis. It was the only name we both liked, and…More

Scotty McCreery Super Bowl Fan

Scotty McCreery Super Bowl Fan

The day Scotty McCreery came in to co-host the Countdown, he was wearing a New England Patriots sweatshirt. So of course, that became a topic of discussion. “I feel like I have to explain myself, since I’m from North Carolina. But my dad grew up in New England, and was a fan of the Red…More

Thomas Rhett Is A Sneakerhead!

Thomas Rhett Is A Sneakerhead!

This week, Thomas Rhett co-hosts the Countdown fresh from the ski slopes in Telluride, Colorado. While there with his family, Thomas told Lon he ran into Dierks Bentley: “The first day we’re out there, we catch a lift to top of the mountain, and Dierks is right in front of me. So he whips out…More

Dierks Bentley’s Colorado Christmas

Dierks Bentley’s Colorado Christmas

This week’s co-host Dierks Bentley told Lon he just returned from a few weeks in Telluride Colorado: “I was out there for three weeks. Went out to LA to sing on The Voice, then went to Colorado, and just got back.” So you spent Christmas in Colorado. You have three kids, Evie is 10, Jordan…More

Kip Moore’s Surfin’ Safari

Kip Moore’s Surfin’ Safari

This week’s co-host Kip Moore tells Lon Helton he got to spend Christmas back home in Georgia: “I don’t get to see my family much, I left when I was 17, and have been gone ever since. I have five brothers and sisters in South Georgia, and they’re all having kids at the same time.…More

Mitchell Tenpenny’s Debut #1

Mitchell Tenpenny’s Debut #1

This week, Mitchell Tenpenny’s “Drunk Me” was the #1 song in the USA.  Since it’s Mitchell’s first #1, Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton and his co-host Dustin Lynch called Mitchell to congratulate him. Congratulations on your first #1: (Mitchell) “This is so crazy I don’t know what’s going on.  I thought only Dustin Lynch got…More

Dustin Lynch on 2018 & 2019

Dustin Lynch on 2018 & 2019

Lon’s first co-host for 2019 is Dustin Lynch, who said 2018 was a big year for him: “Dream come true after dream come true, with the top of that list being invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.” That of course happened in September, and he told Lon it was quite a…More

Brett Eldredge Christmas Stories

Brett Eldredge Christmas Stories

This week, Brett Eldredge co-hosts the Countdown to play songs from his new Glow Deluxe Christmas album, and look ahead to his plans for 2019. Brett told Lon, “I’m in the holiday spirit, it’s my favorite time of year. I love the magic of Christmas music, and the classic nostalgia of it. We did a…More

ICYMI: Dan & Shay Co-Host

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,…More

2019 Grammy Nominations

2019 Grammy Nominations

The 2019 Grammy nominations have been announced. These are the nominees in the Country categories. The 61st annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday February 10th, broadcast live on CBS-TV. Best Country Solo Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT? Loretta…More

Church & Springsteen Together

Church & Springsteen Together

A few weeks ago, a very amazing thing happened at a benefit in New York City.  It was the annual Stand Up For Heroes event for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.  That night, Eric Church got the opportunity to sing with Bruce Springsteen. He described the entire experience to Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton, and talked…More

Eric Church On CMA Awards

Eric Church On CMA Awards

This week’s co-host Eric Church says he was a last-minute addition to the CMA Awards. How last minute? Eric tells Lon Helton it was less than 48 hours. “It was unexpected, and that made it enjoyable. You don’t have time to think about it. You just show up and play. We had fun with the…More

Podcast: Eric Church Desperate Album

Podcast: Eric Church Desperate Album

This week, Eric Church co-hosted the countdown with Lon Helton.  During the countdown, they also talked in detail about many of the songs on Eric’s new album Desperate Man.  It was a very wide-ranging conversation about Eric’s process of making the album, writing the songs, and recording them in the studio.  There was so much…More

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