OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban: What About Georgia?

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As far as I can tell, Keith Urban has only really lived in three places: New Zealand, Australia and Tennessee. But he has got a thing for Georgia. “I’ve just always loved the name Georgia. I think it’s just a beautiful name. And I’ve always loved ‘Georgia on My Mind,’ you know? That was a great song. Something about that state’s name just has a nice ring to it,” he told CMT Radio of his song, “Georgia Woods.” So it sounds like he’s more into the sound of the word “Georgia” than the actual state of Georgia. And with his Aussie accent, it does sound awfully nice. I asked Urban’s co-writer Darrell Brown why the word was so meaningful, and he told me, “Keith’s been everywhere, but something about Georgia stuck with him. It’s just such a romantic word and a romantic state and state of being. It makes you think of Gone With the Wind. There’s a lot of emotion encompassed in that word. Hospitality, Southern freshness. I’m from Oklahoma, but when I say ‘Oklahoma,’ I don’t feel the way I do when I say, ‘Georgia.’ When you say it, it takes you in. Keith and I just followed that.” And now, for the rest of the day, I am destined to have this song, plus Miranda Lambert‘s “What About Georgia?,” Boz Scaggs’ “Georgia” and Vicki Lawrence’s “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” on my mind. Or maybe Reba‘s version of the latter song.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.