The beauty of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum lies in the way it expertly honors country music’s past while also making just enough room for its present. In recent months, the institution has hosted insightful — and successful — exhibits on contemporary artists like Luke Bryan and Eric Church, both woven seamlessly into a building that devotes major space to the Carter Family and Hank Williams. Now, the Hall has added Keith Urban to its modern-day showcases.
Bowing November 20th, Keith Urban So Far. . . takes a focused look at the musical leanings of the singer-guitarist, paying special care to the instruments in Urban’s arsenal that have made him one of country music’s most electrifying players. Among the featured guitars: a Levinson Blade electric that Urban played on “But for the Grace of God,” his very first Number One single, and a custom Fender he calls “Clarence.”
Currently working his new single “Break on Me,” the follow-up to the Number One “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Urban is readying his latest album for release. Titled Ripcord, the LP will hit stores sometime after the New Year. Earlier this month, Urban shared the stage with John Mellencamp on the 49th CMA Awards, singing “Pink Houses” with the heartland singer. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, meanwhile, is poised to welcome its one millionth visitor in 2015 this week.