OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Can’t Keep Remaking the Same Record

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If it were up to me, Keith Urban would keep remaking Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing over and over again. God, I loved that album. But he won’t. Because, as he told The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, “We can’t keep remaking the same record.” So this time around, he’s working with a new cast of characters and writing songs he says he never would’ve written with anybody else. “I wanted to have everything around me be totally unfamiliar to me, and I think it’s great, in a sense, that all sorts of stuff is coming out that I normally haven’t done before,” he said. Even better, it sounds like Urban’s next album will have songs that are a little bit deeper. He told the newspaper that one song he wrote with Jay Joyce and Jeremy Spillman is “a bit of my journey over the last six years, my transition,” he says. I don’t know if he means his transition to fatherhood or sobriety — or both. But either way, I’m in.

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