Lee Brice Subdued #1 Party

This week’s co-host is Lee Brice.  His last time here was with Carly Pearce and their duet “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”  Lee tells Lon they had a subdued #1 party: “Normally a #1 party is a ton of people packed into a small space. So it was a blessing, it was just the writers and myself, five of us at Luke Combs’ garage. He ordered up some barbecue, and we just hung out and talked.  Se we got to take it in, hang out together, and congratulate ourselves.”

Lee says he’s been spending his time writing songs with a wide variety of people. “I was writing with Kid Rock at his house.  I have this song that’s really fun, and think it’ll be a good collaboration. So we’re hanging out, and all of a sudden, Jon Pardi drops in.  Turns out they’re neighbors, and he stops by all the time. So we ended up swappin’ stories, sharin’ a cocktail, so it was cool to hang out with Jon.”

Speaking of neighbors, Lee lives near Chase Rice: “He’s literally across the street from my farm. The other day, I looked out the window, and saw these guys running, they’re both buff and tan. So I go out, and it was Chase!  I notice he’s grown a mustache.  He’s a good neighbor, I borrowed a generator the last time the power went out, so he’s a good neighbor.”

When Lee isn’t writing songs, he’s usually at home with his three kids: “We’ve been out on the farm, taking time to teach them things on the farm, life skills, from driving a stick shift to planting a garden. Lot of fishing too.  I enjoy working on the farm.  We had a big wind storm and blew down some trees, so I had the boys out helping me chop up the trees.  That kind of stuff I wouldn’t have been able to do.”

Lee is justifiably proud of his hit One Of Them Girls: “I’m playing the acoustic lick on that song. The night we wrote it, I played that lick and that’s what started the whole song off.  I had to fight my producers because they wanted an electric solo.  So one night, I played the acoustic solo, sent it in, and that was the record. At the end of the day, I get to choose what the song sounds like.”

Lee also has great stories this week about Ashley McBryde, Russell Dickerson, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, and Dan & Shay.


Kane Brown Sold His House

This week, Kane Brown told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton that he’s spent the past few months doing some improvement projects on his new house. “We just had a pool installed, we had turf installed, a new driveway, and we’re about to put in a basketball court.” But in the meantime, his previous house, the…MORE

Keith Urban Podcast Part 2

Here is Part 2 of Keith Urban co-hosting the Countdown.  In it, Keith discussing the making of his new album “The Speed of Now Part 1” during the pandemic.  He says he needed a “creative intervention” to get him back into the studio, and the result was the first song on the album, “Out The…MORE

Kane Brown’s Baby Update

This week’s co-host is Kane Brown, and he tells Lon he’s keeping busy while he’s been off the road: “We’ve been working on the house, hanging with the baby, and working out. Also playing a lot of video games. Getting to spend a lot of quality time with my wife.” Kane’s baby Kingsley just passed the10 month point. “It’s…MORE

2020 ACM Award Winners List

NASHVILLE, TN (September 16, 2020) – Winners have been announced for the 55TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, a Night of Heart and Hits Live from Nashville. 15-time ACM Award®-winning artist Keith Urban hosted the show featuring three iconic Nashville venues including Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. For the first time in ACM…MORE

Keith Urban Podcast Part 1

Here is a podcast with Part 1 of Keith Urban co-hosting Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.  Keith did the show from his home studio, and during the podcast, Keith describes it.  He also says that he spent a lot of time there during the past few months when the major studios were closed.  He…MORE

Keith Urban’s Busy Week

Keith Urban returns for a second week as Lon’s co-host. He will host next Wednesday’s ACM Awards, and then release his 11th album next Friday. Keith had this to day about the ACMs: “I love the fact that they’re going to do it.  It would have been easy, under the circumstances, to skip it for…MORE

Top 10 Songs About 9-11

An event as emotional as the terrorist attacks of 9-11 was bound to inspire a lot of music. There were several songs released in the weeks before the event that found new meaning on that September day. And there were several more that were directly inspired by 9-11 and the subsequent war. No question that…MORE

Keith Urban’s Creative Space

Keith Urban co-hosts the countdown for the first of two weeks from his home studio in Nashville. “I’ve been doing huge amounts of work here these last few months, finishing up my new album.  The studio is downstairs in my house, pretty good size, with windows and a lot of light. Real good creative space.”…MORE

2020 CMA Awards Nominations

The nominees for the 54th annual CMA Awards were revealed on Tuesday morning (9/1). Select categories were announced by Luke Combs and Carly Pearce during ABC’s “Good Morning America” broadcast live from the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, while Ingrid Andress and Gabby Barrett revealed the remaining categories on CMA’s…MORE

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