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Eric Church on “Stick That”

Eric Church on “Stick That”

This summer, Eric Church released “Stick That In Your Country Song” as the first single from his forthcoming album.  It was a rare song that Eric did not write.  Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton asked Eric how the song got to him and why he recorded it: “A big part of this new record is…More

Eric Church CMA Awards Shocker

Eric Church CMA Awards Shocker

This week’s co-host is the new CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church.  He told Lon, “It’s been a great week, I don’t know if it’s sunk in totally yet, but it’s been a lot of fun for me and the family.” It looked like you were surprised. “I was shocked.  Surprised is the wrong word.…More

2020 Grammy Nominations

2020 Grammy Nominations

Nominees for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards have been announced.  This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday January 31, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, broadcast live on CBS-TV.  Host will be Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah.  The event recognizes the best recordings, compositions, and artists released during the eligibility period from September…More

Garth Brooks Hand Injury Story

Garth Brooks Hand Injury Story

Last month, Garth Brooks injured his left hand in what he called a “farming accident.” This week, Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton dug deeper into exactly what happened. So what happened to your hand, and are you OK now? Yeah everything’s great, wearing the wedding ring is tough because the knuckle is still swollen. I’m…More

Garth Brooks Has Some Fun!

Garth Brooks Has Some Fun!

This week’s co-host is Garth Brooks, socially distanced in our studio.  Lon asked him about his own COVID scare over the summer: “One of my daughters was diagnosed, tested positive, she quarantined, it was done right, and she got through it.  Right now everything’s great.” Garth had to cancel several stadium shows earlier this year, and…More

Morgan: Next Time I’ll Stay Off TikTok

Morgan: Next Time I’ll Stay Off TikTok

It’s been a year of incredible highs and lows for Morgan Wallen.  One of the low points came last month when he was dropped as a performer on Saturday Night Live.  This week, he spoke with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton about that difficult moment in his life: “I completely understand them not having me…More

Morgan Wallen’s Double Play

Morgan Wallen’s Double Play

Lon’s co-host this week is the newly named CMA New Artist of the Year Morgan Wallen.  They were socially distanced in our Nashville studio.  In addition to a lot of news, Morgan also has two songs in our Top 30.  It’s rare for one artist to have two solo singles in the Top 30.  “I’m used…More

Eric Church Wins CMA Entertainer

Eric Church Wins CMA Entertainer

ERIC CHURCH NAMED CMA ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR “It’s gonna be music that brings us out of this. That is the one thing that’s gonna save the world. Politicians are about division; music is about unity.” – Eric Church Church Debuts Current Single “Hell Of A View” Off Highly-Anticipated Forthcoming Project NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In…More

Podcast: Blake Shelton On The Voice

Podcast: Blake Shelton On The Voice

This wknd, the co-host on Country Countdown USA was Blake Shelton. He & Lon Helton spoke at length about the fall 2020 season of The Voice, the changes they’ve made in the show because of COVID-19, the return of Gwen Stefani, and the arrival of Kane Brown as Blake’s team advisor.  Blake told Lon they’re…More

Blake Shelton Voice Update

Blake Shelton Voice Update

This week, Lon’s co-host is Blake Shelton from his ranch in Oklahoma.  He tells Lon, “The last time you & I spoke I was at this same desk that I have, I love having these conversations with you because I know something must be going on good in my career if Lon Helton wants to talk with me.”…More

Russell Dickerson Baby News

Russell Dickerson Baby News

This week’s co-host is Russell Dickerson, and much of the conversation revolved around his 6-week-old son Remington.  He told Lon: “He is over 16 pounds already. He’s crushin’ life.” Lon asked if he’s sleeping through the night? “Not yet. I’m up at 1 AM, 3AM, 5AM, but hey! That’s dad life. When he wakes up in the morning…More

Get To Know Matt Stell

Get To Know Matt Stell

Lon’s co-host this week is newcomer Matt Stell. As you can see, they’re socially distanced in the studio. This is also Matt’s first time as Lon’s co-host.  He topped the chart almost exactly a year ago with “Prayed For You,” and is in the Top 5 now with “Everywhere But On.” Lon asked Matt how…More

New To Top 5: Jameson Rodgers

New To Top 5: Jameson Rodgers

There’s a new artist having his very first Top 5 hit: Jameson Rodgers.  We caught up with Jameson recently to ask him how it feels to have his debut song “Some Girls”  in our Top 5: I’m just counting blessings, I’ve been here for 10 years, I have a lot of artist friends who haven’t been…More

Maren Morris: New Mom & ACMs

Maren Morris: New Mom & ACMs

This week’s co-host is the newly crowned ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris.  She co-hosted the countdown from her kitchen! her 6 month old baby boy was sleeping a few feet away. “It’s been so nice having this downtime. I have liked being home for the first time in five years.” The home time…More

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