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Keith Urban Takes Arena Break at The House of Blues

Photo by Erika Goldring

Photo by Erika Goldring

Earlier this week, Keith Urban and his fellow “American Idol” judges were in New Orleans scouting talent, when Keith Keith got a hankerin’ to play. Instead of the usual arenas and stadiums, a small intimate venue provided the backdrop for a night many fans won’t forget. With the help of a local radio station, the super star gave away 350 free tickets to The Parish at House of Blues. According to The Times-Picayune newspaper, Keith ran his 75 minute set with the energy of an arena show, but the intimacy of a dive-bar gig…inviting an audience member on stage to perform “We Were Us” with him.

“This could work very well, very averagely or be a complete disaster,” Urban said by way of disclaimer. “I’m happy either way.”

Luckily for all involved, Juliet Kalifeh from Brisbane is an aspiring singer, and didn’t disappoint. The 14-song set included all his hits along with an arena-worthy encore.

I just hope the fans truly appreciate seeing a performer such as Keith Urban in such a small intimate venue. There’s nothing like it.

See photos and the setlist here.

Keith Urban & Song Writers Celebrate “We Were Us” Success

Keith Urban, Nicolle Galyon, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins

Keith Urban, Nicolle Galyon, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins

Yesterday, Keith Urban and “We Were Us” writers Jimmy Robbins, Jon Nite, and Nicolle Galyon gathered with friends and family at a posh bar in Nashville to celebrate the tune hitting number 1 on the charts. This was the first #1 song for Nicolle and Jon, and it almost didn’t happen. It turns out two massive super stars like Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert performing a duet doesn’t make chart success a sure thing.

It turns out there’s a lot involved in getting a song to the top…Not just writing and performing. Lots of promotions, lots of hard work, and a plan. For Nicolle Galyon, she is grateful to God because she knows that this was indeed his master plan.

“My first plane ride was when I was thirteen to Nashville for Fan Fair,” she said, and one of the first performers she saw on that trip was a young and unknown Keith Urban performing in the aisles of Tower Records. “I’ve never forgotten it because I’ve never heard anyone play guitar like that, and I’ve never heard anyone talk like that.” For her, it’s come full circle to be standing next to him with her first number one song plaque in her hand.

From the moment Keith heard “We Were Us,” he had only pictured Miranda Lambert performing it with him. In fact, if it wouldn’t have all come together, the song may not have ever made the radio waves. Unfortunately, Miranda couldn’t attend the party, but she sent her well-wishes via video.

The party topped off with a performance of “We Were Us” with all the writers and Keith playing a part.

Could the Next American Idol Be From Nashville??

Could the next American Idol have been found in Nashville?? It’s a possibility. Either way, this kid is never gonna have another slow dance live up to the one he had with Jennifer Lopez while being serenaded by Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban.

Keith Urban Pens Open Letter to Preserve Nashville’s History

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Keith Urban has called Nashville home for many years and most of his career. In recent months and years, Nashville’s popularity and growth have put it’s history at risk. Keith has penned an open letter in The Tennessean, encouraging growth but also asking Nashvillians to stand-up and fight to preserve the culture.

I made my first trip to Nashville from Australia in the summer of 1989. I checked into the Shoney’s Inn on Demonbreun, then headed straight into the legendary Music Row.

It was instantly magical being among rows of the most charming cottages and simple buildings that were housing the global center of country music. I knew instantly that this was where I belonged, and I became a Nashville resident in 1992.

From that moment on, I would drive to the Row almost daily in my rented crap car to write, record demos and generally hang around, meeting all kinds of people. Music Row became my center, because Music Row IS a center.

Evolution is a constant part of music and life, but for me what’s always been at the heart of country music is simplicity and community. Music Row is where the past, present and future meet, and that’s a vital part of keeping balance. You can feel it as you drive along 16th and 17th avenues and see so many original buildings, including RCA’s Studios A and B; the house where Warner Brothers first opened their doors; Quad Studios, where Neil Young recorded “Harvest”; and Hillbilly Central, where Waylon Jennings and the boys transformed the status quo by revolutionizing the way artists could take creative control. … Not to mention the countless publishing houses where classic songs were and are written, pitched and demoed.

The past, present and the future are ALL still here — but the Row is currently under threat from developers. Nashville has exploded as a music town, and not just country music. Musicians from all genres, all over the world are making the pilgrimage here to immerse themselves in the kind of creative center that so many other cities have lost but that Nashville still maintains.

Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City.

I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.

This comes just after the legendary Studio A was purchased by a developer. However, he promises to keep the studio intact. Printer’s Alley is also the next landmark in talks to be destroyed. Nashville must stand-up for its history.

Keith Urban Releases Statement About Alleged Rape at His Concert

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Keith Urban has released a statement about the alleged rape that took place at his concert last week.

“My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows.” – Keith

The suspect, 18-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston allegedly took the girl’s hand and led her away from her friends to another section of the lawn, promising to bring her back. Assistant District Attorney Melissa Tafe said the girl told police she went with the defendant because “she was afraid of what would happen” if she didn’t go. The two had met and exchanged kisses earlier in the evening.

The incident was stopped only after a witness intervened and asked the girl if she was consenting. When the girl said no, the woman allegedly pulled the suspect off the girl, according to police.

Sean Murphy has pleaded not-guilty.

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