OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Finds Himself, Just Smaller

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Keith Urban’s paternal instinct was at its strongest ever at one of his recent shows in Australia. He saw a little boy with a sign in the audience and called him up onstage. Now I’m sure Urban has seen hundred of cute kids with hundreds of cute signs in his career but something about this adorable little blondy must’ve gotten to him. Maybe it’s because he looked EXACTLY like a mini Keith Urban, circa 1977. Right down to the white tank top and faded blue jeans. He brought the boy up onstage and said, “Jack, you wanna say ’hi’ to Tamworth?” He does and then he tells Urban about all the instruments he plays: violin, keyboards and the recorder. Then Urban admires the sign he’s made that says ’Keith Your Music Rocks’ and offers an autograph. They say nothing pulls at your heartstrings more than puppies and babies, but I’d have to argue that country stars and little kids are just as sweet. Maybe even more so.