Keith Urban Is Always Learning On His Guitar
Keith Urban is one of country music’s foremost guitar heroes. He often plays lead guitar while he sings, which is no easy feat. We asked him recently if there was anything in his guitar-playing skills that he has yet to achieve.
Keith told us, “It’s constant learning sometimes through simple rediscovery, right back where I started. Like some of these songs on this latest album, I feel like I’ve come back full circle back to these songs that are new in some way.”
He added, “Guitar playing is the same thing, trying different amps on tour, trying different picks, and different string gauges. My guitar tech will tell you I run the gamut of experimenting with things constantly through a tour.”
Urban explained what he is aiming for. “I’m seeking inspiration, I just need to be inspired, and I tweak things. And then I stay inspired with a set list or a song so that night I am really looking forward to that moment of the show. So whatever it takes to keep me inspired, that’s why I do what I do.”
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Urban’s latest single, “Brown Eyes Baby,” is closing in on the top five on the country charts this week. Keith told us he was immediately drawn to it when he first heard it.
Urban said, “I love songs that are looking to bring out the best in somebody and bring somebody back to life, you know. The songs that I’ve loved that have done that for me, that give me hope and lift me up and see me for who I can be. Those kinds of songs, those kinds of people really, which is what ‘Brown Eyes Baby’ is, and it’s just sexy. It’s sexy as hell. (laughs) I love that song.”