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Top 10 July 4th Songs

Top 10 July 4th Songs

July 4th celebrates American Independence from the British. But it also celebrates those traits we consider distinctly American. Country music is a unique American artform. So it’s no surprise that many country stars have released songs that have become patriotic anthems. We’ve put together a list of songs that you’re likely to hear on the…More

Luke Bryan July 4th Plans

Luke Bryan July 4th Plans

For 4th of July weekend, Luke Bryan returns for a second week of new stories as Lon’s co-host. Of course Lon asked about Luke’s July 4th memories. “Mine were just the typical small town 4th of July. We blew stuff up, my dad would cook a Boston butt on the grill, we’d eat watermelon, watch…More

Luke Bryan: On Family Time

Luke Bryan: On Family Time

Lon’s co-host this week is Luke Bryan. This is the first of two shows featuring Luke. Lon began by asking Luke where he and his family spent the quarantine: “When the virus happened, we were quarantined at the beach. We stayed there for three weeks. It was my 18-year old nephew and four of his…More

Top 10 Father’s Day Songs

Top 10 Father’s Day Songs

Father’s Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1910.  Country music writers have drawn on the subject of fathers and fatherhood in numerous hit songs.  Merle Haggard drew on the inspiration of his father when he wrote “Okie From Muskogee.”  Dolly Parton wrote “For Daddy,” but the hit was recorded by Emmylou Harris. …More

Brett Eldredge Previews New Album

Brett Eldredge Previews New Album

It’s been about a year since Brett Eldredge co-hosted the Countdown. In that time, he’s done some personal reflection, and he’s made a new album. He talks about both with Lon Helton this week. Brett began by describing how he’s been living during the pandemic: “I’ve been here in Nashville with my family. I ran…More

Scotty McCreery Co-Hosts In Carolina

Scotty McCreery Co-Hosts In Carolina

Lon’s co-host this week is Scotty McCreery, from his home in Raleigh NC. “We’re here at our home, I have a little studio in a spare bedroom, where I can work and record. I’ve used this room more since this whole this whole quarantine thing. It’s gotten my creative juices flowing. It’s been good just…More

Carly Pearce & Lee Brice Podcast

Carly Pearce & Lee Brice Podcast

Here is a podcast of Lon’s full conversation with Carly Pearce & Lee Brice about their hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”  Carly talks about writing the song with Luke Combs, and why she asked Lee Brice to sing Luke’s part of the song.  They also talk about singing the song solo, and about the…More

Carly Pearce: I Hope You’re Happy

Carly Pearce: I Hope You’re Happy

This week, Lon is joined by a first-time co-host Carly Pearce. Later they are joined by Carly’s duet partner Lee Brice. All three were socially distanced in our studio. Carly’s husband Michael Ray is in the Top 30. Lon asks how they met. Carly recalls she saw him years before they met, and before she…More

Kip Moore’s Kentucky Quarantine

Kip Moore’s Kentucky Quarantine

Lon’s co-host this week is Kip Moore, who has spent the past few months quarantined at his lodge in Kentucky. “The crazy thing is I was completely isolated from the world. The minute the news hit, I went straight to Kentucky. I haven’t done anything for three months until I returned to Nashville yesterday. Then…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 country…More

Lee Brice: Down On The Farm

Lee Brice: Down On The Farm

Lon’s co-host this week is Lee Brice, who joins from his home studio. “I’m on my tour bus, which is on my farm, and I’ve got a studio on it. I recorded the duet with Carly on this bus. I recorded most of my album here, and now I’m speaking with you.” Lee’s bus was…More

Luke Combs From His Man Cave

Luke Combs From His Man Cave

Lon’s co-host this week is Luke Combs, who was in his home studio. Luke described it this way: “We have a 2200 square foot building that we turned into a man cave. Bunch of arcade games, bunch of plaques, 84 inch television, pool table keg-erator, shuffleboard tables, all kinds of cool stuff here.” Lon asked…More

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