Cole Swindell Party With Peyton

Lon’s co-host this week is Cole Swindell, who was at his mother’s home in Georgia. “I’ve been back and forth between Nashville and here, it’s been nice to be down where I’m from a little bit.  This is the first chance I’ve had to come home and see family and friends.  I’ve enjoyed getting reset.  It’s been a good year, as good as we can make out of it.”

A couple months ago, Cole played the LPGA Pro-Am with other country stars, including Lee Brice: “That’s one of my favorite events of the year.  I play every year with Lee Brice. Lee’s fun to play with, we have an absolute blast.”

Cole said he’s been writing and recording new music during his time off.  He told Lon about a possible duet in the works: “Something I’m excited about, there’s a song I wrote that’s gonna be a male-female duet.  I’m very excited about that.  That’s probably gonna be one of the biggest things about this next project.”

In December, Cole attended a small party hosted by Peyton Manning and Kenny Chesney: “Our buddy Peyton Manning was in town and was gonna watch some football.  So he texted and said ‘Hey there’s a couple of us gonna watch football.’ So it was pretty cool.  He’s so down to earth.  Getting to watch football with Peyton is up there on my list.”

Also at the Peyton get-together was Jake Owen: “We hung out that night, and we’ve played some golf since then as well. I got to play in his charity tournament.  He recently sent me a text about how our songs are starting to pick up on radio.  Made For You is one of my favorite songs he’s done.  That’s why we love country music.”

Cole had hoped to spend 2020 on tour with Thomas Rhett, and he told Lon that may still happen in 2021: “We’re holding on to hope that it’ll happen before the end of the year.  Who knows, we’re waiting on them to turn us loose.  I hope I get to see him on the road this year.”

Cole also has great stories this week about Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Brett Young, and Luke Combs.

NEXT WEEK: Dustin Lynch

Chris Stapleton Starting Over Podcast

CCUSA host Lon Helton had a very detailed conversation with Chris Stapleton about his new album “Starting Over.”  They spoke about making the album, writing several of the songs, and why he chose to record cover songs by Guy Clark and John Fogerty.  Chris says he began work on the album in 2018, and put…MORE

Chris Stapleton Sings With Ringo!

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Florida Georgia Line Family Time

Lon’s co-hosts this week are BK & Tyler of Florida Georgia Line. Tyler told Lon, “Me & my family just flew back from LA, and we’re at our house in Nashville.”  BK said, “I’m in Florida in my little studio, looking outside, seeing some blue skies.” Back in September, Tyler and his wife Hayley added a third child…MORE

Brett Young’s Life With Ladies

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Thomas Rhett Received His ACM

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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

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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

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

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