Check Out Keith Urban’s SXSW Speech

Keith Urban was a featured speaker at this year’s South by Southwest music conference. In a 75-minute discussion and Q&A session, he touched on his musical influences, his feelings about modern technology and how wife Nicole Kidman has helped him try new things.

Here are a few revelations from Urban’s chat:

  • Johnny Cash made him realize he wanted to be a musician at the age of 5;
  • Being married made him better at relationships;
  • Speaking of being married, his wife made him less fearful of trying new things;
  • Social media has its downside, it can make you too self-aware;
  • Sobriety is what helped make him a superstar.

Later on that night, Urban hit the stage for an 80-minute showcase performance at Stubbs. The 16-song set mostly included hits from 2013’s “Fuse” and 2016’s “Ripcord” albums

Urban just announced the forthcoming “Graffiti U” album, but there’s no release date.

Here are the “Graffiti U World Tour” dates – click HERE for the full listing:

  • June 15 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • June 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortage Music Center
  • June 22 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • June 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
  • June 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • June 29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
  • June 30 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
  • July 5 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
  • July 6 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
  • July 8 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC

Source: Rolling Stone

Why Did Keith Urban Record ‘Female’?

Keith Urban has another Top Ten hit with “Female” and he says he knew it was going to be a special tune.

Urban says the song “spoke to me,” and he had quite a reaction the first time he sang it in the studio. He notes, “as I was singing it, I thought I feel like I’ve known this song my whole life.”

He adds, “I didn’t record it for any other reason than it was a heart reaction that I had to it.”

Click here for the official audio on YouTube.

Source: Keith Urban

Chris Janson Invited To Be A Member Of The Grand Ole Opry

According to a report by the Rolling Stone, country musician Chris Janson is set to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Janson was invited to receive the prestigious honor by Keith Urban, who joined him onstage at the Ryman Auditorium earlier this week.

Urban and Janson performed the John Michael Montgomery song “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” and when it was over Urban gave Janson quite the surprise.

“I know the feeling of the night I got invited, it’s an incredible feeling,” Urban said. “And I think it’s about time you feel that way too, Chris.” An excited Janson couldn’t help but jump up and down and shed a few tears. As for his answer? All he could say was, “holy sh*t.”

He later tweeted, “I am so grateful. I am so humbled. I will likely never sleep another day in my life. This is life changing.”

Janson is expected to officially become a member of the Grand Ole Opry this spring.

Source: Rolling Stone

2017 CMT Music Awards Winners List

Video of the Year


Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”


Male Video of the Year


Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”


Female Video of the Year


Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”


Duo Video of the Year


Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”


Group Video of the Year


Little Big Town, “Better Man”


Breakthrough Video of the Year


Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”


Collaborative Video of the Year


Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter”


CMT Performance of the Year


Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, “Want to Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)


Social Superstar of the Year


Keith Urban

More Performers Added to CMT Music Awards

The list of performers at the upcoming 2017 CMT Music Awards has grown with the addition of Kelsea Ballerini and Little Big Town to the lineup. The show will include previously announced performances Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett, with all-star collaborations by The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum with Earth, Wind & Fire.


  • 2017 CMT Music Awardswill air live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 7 at 8:00 PM ET on CMT.
  • Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Country Stars React to Gregg Allman’s Death

Several country stars took to social media over the weekend to react to the death of Southern Rock icon Gregg Allman on Saturday (5/27) at the age of 69. A message on The Allman BrothersBand’swebsite says Gregg passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia. While no specific cause of death was immediately given, the message said that Allman had “struggled with many health issues over the past several years.”


Here’s how some of the country stars reacted to Allman’s death:


While playing his last show on the “Holdin’ My Own Tour” in Nashville on Saturday (5/27), Eric Church performed a rendition of The Allman Brother Band’s classic “Midnight Rider.” That performance can be seen here:


Keith Urban‏: My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman. Blessings and peace to all the Allman family. – KU


Brad Paisley‏: What a legacy @GreggAllman leaves behind. Jam on in the great hereafter.


Jason Aldean: This one hurts a lot. This was one of my heroes. He made it seem possible for a kid to come out of Macon, Georgia, make a name for himself and make it in this business. He was such an inspiration to so many of us that tried so hard to imitate him but could just never quite do it the same. Thanks for the music and thanks for making me believe I could achieve my music dreams too. RIP Gregg Allman. https://www.instagram.com/p/BUnQp6XjhcU/


Jimi Westbrook: One of my favorite voices of all time. We lost a legend today. RIP Gregg Allman. Your music lives on forever in our hearts. https://www.instagram.com/p/BUnT6W9j6qb/


Chris Stapleton‏: The first time I ever set foot in an amphitheater, I opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd & the Allman Brothers.


Chris Stapleton: I’ll always be grateful for that moment and the wealth of musical influence. RIP Gregg Allman https://vimeo.com/188680983


Charlie Daniels: Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever have

hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever


Jennifer Nettles‏: [Heartbroken emoji] One of the best.


Wynonna‏: I recently spent time with this beautiful spirit & sang every word at the concert. I sit here stunned that we have lost another legend. #RIP https://twitter.com/Wynonna/status/868557183235051520


Travis Tritt‏: I’m so very saddened to hear of the passing of rock & blues legend Gregg Allman. He was such a huge influence on me.


Billy Ray Cyrus: RIP @GreggAllman. A true legend.

Collaborations Announced for CMT Music Awards

Several all-star collaborations have been announced for the upcoming 2017 CMT Music Awards, including cross-genre pairings from Florida Georgia Line with The Chainsmokers as well as Lady Antebellum with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire. The night will also include superstars Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood performing live together for the first time on any CMT stage.


·         These acts will join previously announced performers Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett from Nashville’s Music City Center on June 7 at 8 PM ET. Additional performers will be announced soon.

Nashville Predators Anthem – Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is the latest music superstar to sing the National Anthem at the Nashville Predators playoff game last night (5/18) in downtown Nashville. Kelly follows an impressive list of country superstars that preceded her in singing the anthem for the Predators that includes Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Vince Gill. Check out Kelly slaying the National Anthem last night (5/18) here.


Miranda Lambert is Working on A New Feature Film

Miranda Lambert is teaming up with one of her longtime music video collaborators, Trey Fanjoy, to work on a new feature film titled Something in the Water. According to Deadline, Miranda will take on the role of the executive music producer to oversee the film’s music curation and will also write an original song for its soundtrack. YouTube sensation Grace Helbig has signed on to star in the new comedy, which follows five Southern women who challenge their men to a bass fishing competition. Production for the film will take place in Nashville later this year.


  • The project will mark the feature debut from director Fanjoy, who has worked with everyone from Taylor Swift to Keith Urban.
  • Some of Lambert’s Fanjoy-directed videos include “Kerosene,” “The House That Built Me,” “Vice” and “Somethin” Bad” with Carrie Underwood.



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