‘Country Mile’ Podcast Continues to Draw Big Names, Strong Reviews

Most recent episode features alum Brad Paisley discussing The Store, a new nonprofit he's launching in collaboration with Belmont

Vince Gill and Chris Young recording an episode of the
Vince Gill and Chris Young recording an episode of the "Country Mile" podcast in the Gallery of Iconic Guitars at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, September 4, 2019.

Just over two months since its launch, the podcast series “Country Mile” continues to draw great talent and strong reviews. Produced by The Tennessean (part of the USA TODAY NETWORK) and Belmont University in support of the Ken Burns’s documentary on “Country Music,” “Country Mile” was recorded at some of Nashville’s most iconic venues and features top artists discussing the genre in depth.

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The most recent episode features Belmont alumnus Brad Paisley sharing insights on his first televised variety special, which aired nationwide Dec. 3 on ABC, as well as the nonprofit grocery store, The Store, that he’s starting with his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley and in conjunction with his alma mater. Read more about and listen to the episode on the Tennessean’s website.

Other episodes in the “Country Mile” series to date include:

  • Can’t Touch That Hope – Chris Young and Vince Gill (recorded in Belmont University’s Gallery of Iconic Guitars, The GIG)
  • Lovin’ on the People – Ricky Skaggs and High Valley (recorded at the famed Quonset Hut, currently used as classroom space for Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business)
  • On the Road – Dierks Bentley and Tenille Townes
  • ‘I Got Enough Stories to Last a Lifetime’ – Dolly Parton
  • ’90s Coming Back Like a Rocket Ship’ – Travis Tritt and Tracy Lawrence
  • Requested Material – Sara Evans and Martina McBride
  • Marty Stuart and Chris Scruggs
  • Garth Brooks and Ashley McBryde take us to songwriting school (recorded in Belmont’s Curb Event Center)
  • Unpacking the CMAs – Luke Combs, Lil Nas X, Dan + Shay and more

The podcast series, which currently holds a 4.8 rating on iTunes, is available on iTunes, Spotify and online throughout the USA TODAY Network.