The Ranch Saddles Up Again

Capitol recording artist Keith Urban has a No. 4 hit on the Billboard country singles chart with “Your Everything,” but it was a temporary reunion of his old band, the Ranch, that drew a packed house Wednesday (Sept. 20) in Nashville. Fans lined up an hour before doors opened at nightspot 12th & Porter to hear the band play selections from its 1997 self-titled debut on Capitol Records. Urban said the show was the first time the trio has played together in “2 years, 3 months and 7 days” and was the brainchild of drummer Peter Clarke, visiting from his native Australia. “We said if we were all three in town at the same time we’d do some gigs,” fellow Aussie Urban said. Kicking off the set with “Walkin’ the Country,” the high-energy performance offered proof that the band hasn’t lost its edge as a unit. Since the Ranch disbanded in 1998, Urban has moved on to a successful solo career and bassist Jerry Flowers is playing for the Dixie Chicks. During Wednesday’s concert, Flowers stepped out front and used his soulful voice to showcase two thoughtfully written songs he penned while on the “Fly” tour. Opening the show was guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, a friend of Urban’s from Australia. Emmanuel captured the crowd with some unique acoustic instrumentals, which he also will perform at the closing of the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.