Earlier this week, Keith Urban fans began looking toward the future and the anticpicated release of the “Break on Me” singer’s upcoming album, Ripcord. But beginning next month, a brand-new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be all about looking back — “Keith Urban So Far” tracks the origins of the guitar player’s phenomenal career.
Opening November 20th, the new exhibit will run through May 2016. The items on display will trace Urban’s path to music superstardom and include his 1989 Fender Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Telecaster (dubbed “Clarence”) and the Levinson Blade electric guitar that he played on the first of his 19 Number One hits, “But for the Grace of God.”
Along with handwritten song manuscripts and other items culled from scrapbooks of his childhood and teen years in Australia, visitors will also see the shirt Urban donned for the cover of his self-titled 1999 debut LP.
“Keith Urban So Far” also emphasizes the philanthropic entertainer’s passionate commitment to music education and the arts. Since 2009, he has co-hosted (with Vince Gill) the star-studded “All for the Hall” concert events in support of the Hall of Fame and Museum’s education-based efforts.
Urban’s upcoming LP Ripcord is the follow-up to 2013’s Fuse and already has a hit with “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” which recently became Urban’s 34th Top 10 single.