OFFSTAGE: Jack Black’s Gone Country, for Keith Urban

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I don’t know what shocks me more. That Jack Black can sing the Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” so well, or that Keith Urban can play it so well. I mean, I knew Black could sing with range and vigor and sincerity, and I’ve always loved him in his band Tenacious D. (Do not let your kids download any Tenacious D songs, though). And I’m pretty sure I know the entire dialog to his School of Rock movie by heart, especially his pre-show prayer: “God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass. We are your humble servants. Please give us the power to blow people’s minds with our high-voltage rock. In your name we pray. Amen.” But actually watching this clip of Black (dressed like he ransacked the closets of both Gary LeVox and Garth Brooks) and Urban on this old fiddle-duel of a country song at Staples Center in Los Angeles last week makes me wish so bad I was there.

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