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New To Top 5: Niko Moon

New To Top 5: Niko Moon

This week we have a new artist with his first Top 5: Niko Moon.  If his style sounds familiar, you’ve heard his songs performed by other artists.  For example he wrote the hits “Homegrown” and “Beautiful Drug” for the Zac Brown Band. But he now has his own song, “Good Time,” in our Top 5.…More

Parmalee’s Matt Thomas Co-Hosts

Parmalee’s Matt Thomas Co-Hosts

This week’s co-host is Matt Thomas, lead singer of the band Parmalee.  It’s actually his first time to co-host with Lon.  Matt said, “It’s been a wonderful journey to see the song connect and get us through the pandemic with a little light and positivity.” We all know Just The Way as a duet with Blanco Brown.  But Matt told Lon he first…More

Maren & Ryan Co-Host With Lon

Maren & Ryan Co-Host With Lon

Lon Helton returns this week, and his co-hosts are Maren Morris and her husband Ryan Hurd. They just released a duet called “Chasing After You.” They tell Lon that they’ve had the song for a few years, but with the time off, they revisited it as a duet in their basement studio. In fact they…More

List of 2021 ACM Nominees

List of 2021 ACM Nominees

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 26, 2021) – The Academy of Country Music®, dick clark productions, and CBS announced today the nominations for the 56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, honoring the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry. The 56th ACM Awards® will broadcast live from three iconic country music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00…More

Chris Janson Hosts Luke Bryan

Chris Janson Hosts Luke Bryan

This week’s co-host is Luke Bryan, who has a Top 5 with Down To One. Lon’s got the weekend off and in his place is Chris Janson.  Chris & Luke are good friends.  In fact Luke invited Chris to Crash My Playa in 2019.  Luke tells Chris: “I’m glad to be talkin’ to you! It’s pretty challenging times with no…More

Scotty McCreery Co-Hosts Darius Rucker

Scotty McCreery Co-Hosts Darius Rucker

This week’s co-host is Darius Rucker, who is joined by Scotty McCreery, who fills in this week for Lon Helton.  Scotty begins by saying “I’m hanging out in the ‘real’ Carolina, North Carolina.” “Oh you mean the ‘other’ Carolina?” Scotty and Darius root for competing sports teams in their home states. In fact, Scotty &…More

Kelsea Ballerini Figures It Out

Kelsea Ballerini Figures It Out

This week’s co-host is Kelsea Ballerini, who told Lon: “I’m like everyone else, I’m trying to figure out my footing this year, what to do, how to stay creative. I think last year it was hard to feel like I was doing anything right.  This year, I’m taking back ownership, feeling creative because I can.”…More

Kenny Chesney: I’m Bored!

Kenny Chesney: I’m Bored!

Lon’s co-host this week is Kenny Chesney from his home in California. He tells Lon, “I’m just as bored as I can be but I’m alright. I’m in ground zero of this thing. I don’t go out anyway.  I’m pretty quarantined as it is. I don’t see many people.  I have a small work-out group, and I gotta…More

Luke Combs: Nicole Is Fine

Luke Combs: Nicole Is Fine

Lon’s co-host this week is Luke Combs, and Lon wasted no time in asking about Luke’s wife Nicole. It had been reported that she had a bout of Covid.  Luke said: “She’s good.  I think what you read was a little hyperbole.  I think she meant the idea of having it was brutal, because she…More

Parker McCollum Celebrates 1st #1

Parker McCollum Celebrates 1st #1

This weekend, Parker McCollum had his first #1 song with “Pretty Heart.” In keeping with our tradition, Lon & his co-hosts called Parker to congratulate him.  When they started talking, Parker realized that Lon’s co-hosts were Dan + Shay!  “Wait, wait, wait. Is this THE Dan + Shay on this call? What? I apologize.  I saw…More

Dan + Shay: Inside Story

Dan + Shay: Inside Story

While doing the Countdown, Dan + Shay were reminded of a moment while recording “I Should Probably Go To Bed.” It’s towards the end of the song when Shay hits all the high notes.  Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton said, “At some point, you’re going to have to sing those notes every night when you…More

Dan + Shay Focus On Family

Dan + Shay Focus On Family

This week’s co-hosts are Dan + Shay, speaking to Lon from their respective home studios.  Shay said, “It feels good to be a new year. I think after 2020, it’s gonna be a good year period.” Dan began by describing what he did after their tour was shut down in March: “I think the first…More

Chris Young Has New Duet

Chris Young Has New Duet

This week’s co-host is Chris Young, who told Lon how he spent the Christmas holidays: “I stayed here, stayed with my immediate family, my mom, dad, and sister. Didn’t get to do the extended family thing, but we spent the time together, so it was great.” Lon then asked Chris about the favorite gift he gave this year:…More

Lady A Co-Host Themselves

Lady A Co-Host Themselves

This week, Lon is off and all three members of Lady A co-host the countdown in his place.  They each co-host from their homes, and begin by saying how they spent the holidays.  Dave said, “We spent the holidays in Nashville, It was a fantastic Christmas, hanging with the kids.” Hillary added, “Same here, my little girls enjoy…More

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