ICYMI: Chris Janson Co-Hosts

In Case You Missed It: Chris Janson co-hosts the countdown this weekend. His current Top 10, “Drunk Girl,” is nominated for CMA Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and Chris has a third nomination for New Artist of the Year.

Chris told Lon who called first to congratulate him: “First phone call was Keith Urban. It meant a lot to me. I’d never been nominated for a CMA Award. It’s gratifying to be nominated. Hopefully we’ll be able to take a trophy home, but either way I feel like we won, because getting nominated is a big deal.”

He also said Song of the Year for Drunk Girl would mean the most: “That’s the one award that people are in awe over. This would mean the most because its validation that I’m doing something right and that people are relating to it. Not everyone gets that shot, and I’m grateful to have that opportunity.”

Lon asked Chris when he knew Drunk Girl was more than a great song: “When it got on the radio. I didn’t play it live til it got on the radio. This song can be a little scary for a singer. It’s different from Buy Me a Boat and Fix a Drink. Once it was on the radio, it was a done deal. To see the messages that have come as a result of this song is pretty unbelievable.”

Earlier this year, Chris was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Garth Brooks. “You talk about a surprise, I was stunned and shocked. The fact that he took the time, it’s so humbling. I didn’t know he was there. When he walked out, I fell apart, he fell apart, we were all crying, it was a great moment. I can honestly say Garth Brooks time-stamped my place in country music.”

Chris told Lon that Luke Bryan was the first person to call him when he was invited to become a member of the Opry. Lon played Chris some tape of Luke saying he wants to play the Opry soon. Chris told Lon, “I’m going to host him on my segment. I haven’t told you this but I’ve put myself in line to do some hosting. Luke will be my first invite. ‘Luke Bryan…please make him welcome.’ I’m gonna do it!”

Chris also has great stories this week about Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Dustin Lynch, Keith Urban, and Jake Owen.

NEXT WEEK: Chris Young

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