Foy’s second guest is four time Grammy winner and 2019 ACM Entertainer of the year Keith Urban. He’s the only male Country artist to simultaneously top the charts in the USA, Canada, and Australia, and has had 24 #1 songs. Keith has spent the better part of his life harnessing a deep-seated passion for music—it’s plot of his life story, with all its twists and turns.
Urban’s past collaborations include Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, John Mayer, Julia Michaels, Justin Timberlake, Dzeko, Miranda Lambert, Nile Rodgers, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones and Vince Gill. But he’s never done anything quite like this podcast with Foy Vance, where they touch on topics all over the map.
Keith starts out with introducing his precious toy poodle and the chat flows organically from there. He tells Foy about an idol keeping his cool when guitars go missing on tour, and asserts that any version of “Crazy” is a good song. Foy and Keith bat back and forth about vegemite and promite and Keith gives a reading rec—These Truths by Jill Lepore. He spins eternal truths about going out laughing and communing with the dead. Together, the two ask: where would we be without music?
Keith’s quarantine has already been a busy one: he performed Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” for Lady Gaga’s One World: Together at Home broadcast, and he was the first artist to hold a COVID-19 first responder concert at a drive-in movie theater. In the previous life, his last two albums garnered five #1 songs, including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which won Best Single at the 2017 CMA Awards and Favorite Country Song at the American Music Awards. Besides four Grammy Awards, Keith has won thirteen Country Music Association Awards, fifteen Academy of Country Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards and four American Music Awards. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. But Urban is far more than a musician. He’s long supported numerous charities. His “All For The Hall” benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© have raised over $4.2 million. He is the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation, an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and is a longtime supporter of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and The Grammy Foundation.
Keith Urban’s 10th studio album, THE SPEED OF NOW came out on September 14th and is available from wherever you purchase music.
This episode was recorded in July 2020. Visit TheVinylSupper.com for more information on this podcast and video series.