Urban Records Ode to Dad

LOS ANGELES — Capitol’s Keith Urban debuted a new tune, “Song for Dad,” during his performance at the Sizzlin’ Country Benefit Tuesday (May 21). Keith told CMT News he felt “compelled” to write the song about his father and the special relationship between fathers and sons.

“You tend to just punch your dad in the shoulder to tell him you love him, and it’s the same for dads sometimes. They’re not sure how to tell their sons that they love them,” Urban said. “The older I get, the more I realize I’m so much like my dad. I mean, I say the same things and I do the same things. So it just became something I thought a lot of people would get.”

Urban’s father has yet to hear the ode he inspired, but the song will be included on his son’s upcoming album, his second as a solo act for Capitol. Urban’s self-titled 1999 debut was certified gold (for shipment of 500,000 copies) and produced the No. 1 hit “But for the Grace of God.” The follow-up has been nearly three years in the making, and Urban admits he has been experimenting in the studio.

“It’s not like it’s any major departure from what I did before, but there’s a lot more guitar on this record,” he said. “There’s a lot of aborted stuff that we tried and I didn’t like, so we’d ditch it and go back to building something again. But I think you should take your time making records. They’re going to be around forever.”

Urban was in Los Angeles to present the top new male vocalist trophy (the same award he took home last year) during the 37th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Urban is up for breakthrough video of the year and fashion plate video at the CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards, June 12 in Nashville. Urban said he hopes to have his new album in stores this fall.