Jake Owen – 11.11.15

Jake Owen is a country superstar and we were so thrilled to see him back in US99.5 Country!

He stopped by the show yesterday to chat about his daughter Pearl’s Halloween habits, what one piece of Chicago he’d like to have (if it wasn’t 1,000 calories), the recording process of his new album, why Chicago is such a special place for him & much more ::: enjoy below!

Jerrod Niemann – 11.11.15

I had no idea Jerrod Niemann was stopping by the broadcast until he walked into the room ::: I call that a GREAT surprise!

We chatted about what Veterans Day means to him, why soundcheck and his setlist are always up for grabs, why he DOES love (or doesn’t?) wine cooler & much more ::: enjoy below!

Kip Moore – 11.11.15

Love any opportunity I get to chat with Kip Moore!

He joined me early yesterday to talk about the one thing he *can’t* do on his bus, why his workout schedule is never set in stone, why he’s been thinking about buying a studio condo in Chicago and much more ::: enjoy below!

Chase Bryant – 10.30.15

Chase is playing a show at Joe’s Bar tonight and called me from the bus in Ohio!

We chatted about his tour with Tim this summer, what he’s using to get his hair so HIGH, will we see him stage-diving tonight, why he loves the new taco emoji for just about everything, and much more…

Michael Ray – 10.23.15

Michael was in town opening two sold-out shows for Kip Moore at Joe’s Bar, so he figured he’d come by the studio (!) and chat … we talked about The Price Is Right, his Grandma, the most ridiculous abs workout ever (from Kip!), what he’s planning on seeing in Chicago this afternoon & so much more:

Tim McGraw – 10.20.15

Listen below as we chat about the Cubs vs Mets tonight, why he cares so much about the American Diabetes Association (and what you can do to help!), his kids, his texting, his new album and how he came up with THAT title, plus much, much more:

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David Nail – 10.07.15

We chatted about his Cardinals vs. our Cubs on the night of their first Wild Card appearance in 7 years, plus the one thing he wish he could go back and tell his 10-year-old self about (baby wipes?), why his wife is such an influence on his music today and more:

Brett Eldredge – 09.11.15

Brett dialed me up this morning to chat about “Illinois,” his new album out today!

I asked him why he didn’t just call it “Chicago” (duh!), plus we talked about his scary NASCAR experience, his tour with Thomas Rhett this fall, emojis, superpowers, and much more:

Hunter Hayes – 08.20.15

Hunter called me this morning to chat about his show with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt Saturday night, but we also covered his scary experience with NASCAR in Charlotte, his time machine dream, why he swears by Amazon Prime & much more!

Jerrod Niemann – 08.03.15

It’s always a great day when you come back from vacation and get a phone call from Jerrod Niemann!

He’s in town Friday night at Festival Park (get tickets HERE) with Rodney Atkins, so he called to chat about that … as well as his love of songwriting in a tiny cabin with no internet service, why he and his wife (still newlyweds!) are really happy and MUCH more!

Florida Georgia Line – 06.19.15

Always fun to chat with the guys from Florida Georgia Line ::: we’ll see them headlining Sunday night & closing out our Windy City Lake Shake Festival !

Tyler called me this morning to talk about the yacht they’re bringing to town, how clothing is optional on Sunday, what he’s really doing at 11am on tour + much more:

Marcus Lemonis – 06.02.15

What’s one of my favorite TV shows today? “The Profit” on CNBC, starring Marcus Lemonis, and he’s a Chicago guy!

Listen bellow as we chat about how he decides who makes it on-air, our debate between radio DJs and accountants, the one thing he does at Kohl’s (that we ALL do) and much more …

Tyler Farr – 04.28.15

Fun to get a quick phone call from Tyler Farr this morning … especially since I hadn’t talked to him in 11 days! 🙂

Listen as we chat about his new album “Suffer In Peace” (out today) & why he’s trying to ban happiness, his love of a cold beer on a tractor, the *scoop* we get for his Thursday #LiveCountry show & much more:

Scotty McCreery – 04.10.15

Clearly still groggy from a 6a flight, Scotty called me to chat … we had a fun conversation about his airplane flying tendencies at such an early hour, his golf game, his predictions for Tiger & the Masters this weekend, new music from him (he’s back in the studio!) and his Google crush as well … enjoy below!

Phil Vassar – 03.18.15

In town for a show at the Genesee Theatre, Phil called me this morning to chat about life at his house with a teenager, why he’s taken his time putting together 30 songs for a new album, the one place he’d like to go back on vacation & much more:

Lee Brice & Jerrod Niemann – 02.09.15

Lee called to chat about our #WindyCitySmokeout lineup announcement, but he was almost an hour late (!) due to no-cell-reception at Jerrod’s cabin in rural Tennessee.

Both guys called me from the truck to chat about the summer ahead, the Grammys and more – lots of laughs!