We follow Keith Urban from Toronto to Las Vegas in today’s Ram Report.
The country guitar hero surprised Taylor Swift’s audience at her sold-out 1989 Tour stop in Ontario’s capital city, duetting with the pop phenom on his 2002 Number One hit “Somebody Like You,” along with his most recent chart-topper, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” Not 24 hours later, we caught up with him backstage at Route 91 Harvest Fest in Las Vegas to talk about his 19th trip to the country singles chart’s pinnacle. He insisted the song’s success really doesn’t affect his track choices for the rest of the full album, which is due out in the coming months.
“I always think records are like photographs, they’re just a snapshot,” the singer told Rolling Stone Country. “They’ve all been just an accurate snapshot of who I am, where I am in life, what’s going on. I’ve always really done it sort of haphazard when I get in the studio. You got a bunch of songs and try this song and try that one. Sometimes songs just don’t work and sometimes other things become something in the studio much more than before. They just come to life.”
Urban has one more tour stop left on his 2015 calendar, jetting over to Honolulu this Thursday, October 7th. He’s also traveling around the country filming auditions for the final season of American Idol, which premieres in January.
Hosted by Ashley Eicher, Rolling Stone Country’s Ram Report is our new web series bringing you the latest country music news. Watch every weekday at RollingStone.com/RamReport.