11 episodes

Country Mile, the USA TODAY NETWORK’s new podcast series, explores the evolution of one of America’s truest art forms through the stories told by the stars who lived them.

The format is simple: Two artists, two stools and an unscripted evening of memories taped before a live audience. Guests include Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Ashley McBryde, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Tenille Townes, Marty Stuart and more.

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    • Music Interviews
    • 4.5, 51 Ratings

Country Mile, the USA TODAY NETWORK’s new podcast series, explores the evolution of one of America’s truest art forms through the stories told by the stars who lived them.

The format is simple: Two artists, two stools and an unscripted evening of memories taped before a live audience. Guests include Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Ashley McBryde, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Tenille Townes, Marty Stuart and more.

    Episode 10: Brad Paisley counts his blessings – a sold out European arena tour, his first TV special, but mostly the ability to give back

    Episode 10: Brad Paisley counts his blessings – a sold out European arena tour, his first TV special, but mostly the ability to give back

    Brad Paisley thinks he’s special – Europeans know it.

    Paisley’s first television special “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special” will air 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on ABC. He filmed the television show in Nashville in September a few weeks before he headed to Europe for his sold-out arena tour.

    Paisley sat down with The Tennessean’s Country Mile podcast to talk about “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special,” his record-setting European arena tour and the importance of giving back. Paisley, along with his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Belmont University are partnering to open a free grocery store for those in need that is set to open in early 2020. The Store, by the way, was inspired by his sons when they were younger. His wife thought they were acting spoiled, put them all in the car and drove them to a place to volunteer in California called The Unity Shoppe. The Paisley family was so inspired by the trip that they tirelessly worked to bring a version of the concept – a free grocery store – to middle Tennessee.

    • 49 min
    Episode 9 — Unpacking the CMAs with Luke Combs, Lil Nas X, Dan+Shay and more

    Episode 9 — Unpacking the CMAs with Luke Combs, Lil Nas X, Dan+Shay and more

    The 53rd Annual CMA Awards took place in Nashville last week, and Cindy Watts was there to talk with the artists that took home the heavy trophy. She grabs Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, Ashley McBryde, Dan+Shay, Luke Combs and Garth Brooks moments after coming off the stage.

    • 23 min
    Episode 8: Garth Brooks & Ashley McBryde take us to songwriting school

    Episode 8: Garth Brooks & Ashley McBryde take us to songwriting school

    The first seven installments of The USA TODAY NETWORK's Country Mile podcast were taped in some of Nashville's most storied, intimate rooms – with just a few lucky folks on hand to hear some of country music's most influential artists talk about the moments that made their careers. 

    Episode 8 – well, Episode 8 is a party. Thousands of country music fans packed into Belmont University's Curb Event Center to hear one of country's biggest stars ever, Garth Brooks, and one of its most exciting voices, Ashley McBryde, talk about the songwriting craft. There are lots of laughs, a few tears and a wealth of career advice for any aspiring writer.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 7: Marty Stuart & Chris Scruggs

    Episode 7: Marty Stuart & Chris Scruggs

    Recorded in the historic RCA Studio B, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Marty Stuart and Chris Scruggs talk the history of country music, and preserving it for the next generation.

    • 51 min
    Episode 6: Requested Material — Sara Evans & Martina McBride

    Episode 6: Requested Material — Sara Evans & Martina McBride

    Martina McBride and Sara Evans talk about breaking through in country music, their similar origin stories, and raising families while on the road.

    • 50 min
    Episode 5: '90s coming back ‘like a rocket ship’ — Travis Tritt & Tracy Lawrence

    Episode 5: '90s coming back ‘like a rocket ship’ — Travis Tritt & Tracy Lawrence

    Travis Tritt and Tracy Lawrence have been friends since the ‘90s. Over the last three decades, the country singers built a friendship on making memories – and keeping secrets.

    “We don’t have any stories we can tell,” Lawrence quipped. “Not enough people have died. His wife would run me off if I tell stories on him”

    Country Mile Episode 6 was recorded in Buena Vista, Co., at Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Festival. And while Tritt and Lawrence aren’t up for sharing the details of their youthful heyday, they are more than happy to share g-rated touring stories and are also pretty impressed with atmosphere Bentley created in in the mountain town three-to-four hours outside of Denver.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

MLPC12 ,

Love this podcast!

Keep more episodes coming!

snmthecloser ,

Wonderful Concept...less new pop country nonsense though

Love this concept. However, it’s integral for the preservation of the true history of the fabric of country music, to hear from the names that lifted the genre into prominence, and propelled it through the decades. Real fans of the genre don’t want to hear from whatever pop nonsense pre-packaged Walmart artists pass for country music today, rather we want to hear from the names that lit the winding road of country music. Would also love to hear stories from the Austin and Bakersfield boys, not just a Nashville row of who’s who. Stories of Blaze Foley, Guy Clark, and Gary P. Nunn are just as integral to the story of country music as those of Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. Country music is so wonderful because, in the end, the talent and the music has always fought the good fight over the high tower suits and slickly produced Nashville sound. If this is to be a true representation of the genre, then we must hear from ALL THINGS country music, not just the bread and butter. Let this prove to be a time capsule of stories that our children’s children can one day listen to, and learn what country music was truly all about way back yonder.

Nash Reviewer ,

Poor Sound Quality Drove Me Away

I love Travis Tritt, and I’m especially proud of the work he does with veterans. So when I found your podcast interview with him, imagine how disappointed I was to discover the sound quality made it impossible to listen to. It is literally impossible to listen to anything anyone is saying because it sounds like y’all are recording inside a tin can. And I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what it was. I heard the disclaimer about the sound quality in the beginning, but to put out a podcast quality as poor as this one is simply unprofessional and does a real disservice to Travis and Tracy. Please re-record them again so their fans can enjoy hearing their story. Thanks!

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