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Maddie & Tae Co-Host Debut

Maddie & Tae Co-Host Debut

This week, as you can see, Lon is socially distanced from his co-hosts Maddie & Tae.  They are each newlyweds, and they’ve spent the past few months with their respective husbands.  But they’ve survived: “It’s been really good! Everyone probably wants to smack us for saying that, but we’ve enjoyed being newlyweds in this quarantine. Now…More

Chris Janson Co-Hosts From Beach

Chris Janson Co-Hosts From Beach

This week, Lon’s co-host is Chris Janson, who is quarantined at his beach house in Florida.  “We’ve been here for 4-1/2 months.  We were taking our spring break. So we figured we were here, so we might as well ride it out.  That’s what we’ve been doing.  It’s a great time to catch up.” If you want…More

LoCash Socially Distanced Co-Hosts

LoCash Socially Distanced Co-Hosts

This week, we’re three-way social distancing, as Lon and his co-hosts LoCash are in three different places. Lon is in our Nashville studio, Chris Lucas in in Tampa Florida, and Preston Brust is 30 miles from Nashville. “I haven’t been home this much in 20 years, but it’s so much fun to see our kids…More

Miranda Lambert Goes Camping

Miranda Lambert Goes Camping

This week’s co-host is Miranda Lambert, who actually started the conversation with Lon walking in from the parking lot.  She was saying: “This is the first business thing I’ve done.  I haven’t had a work thing in a while.” Lon asked her where she was when the lockdown began: “I was about to leave for Australia.…More

Luke Bryan CMA Best Of Fest

Luke Bryan CMA Best Of Fest

Luke Bryan will host “CMA: Best Of Fest,” Monday July 13 on ABC TV.  When Luke co-hosted Country Countdown USA, he told Lon Helton how he got the chance to host the show: “Producer Robert Deaton called me and said, ‘Luke I know you’re in quarantine, but would you want to host CMA Best Of…More

Sam Hunt Cabin Quarantine

Sam Hunt Cabin Quarantine

This week’s co-host is Sam Hunt. Lon began the show asking him where he spent the quarantine: “The first two months we spent in a little cabin south of town, we were quarantined there for the better [art of the spring. Things started opening up lately, so we’ve been venturing out slowly but surely.” What about…More

Luke Bryan on Idol 2021

Luke Bryan on Idol 2021

American Idol faced some unique challenges in 2020, when the coronavirus shut down production, and forced the show to do the final rounds from everyone’s homes.  Luke Bryan told CCUSA’s Lon Helton that his situation in Tennessee was particularly difficult: “When I look at the logistics of what they had to do to make that…More

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

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