OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban: Waylon Jennings Helped Sway Nicole Kidman

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Back in 2005, Keith Urban was just starting to date actress Nicole Kidman. And he tells Us magazine that at the time, she had no history of country music at all. So did he sing her a few of his own hits from that year, like “Tonight I Wanna Cry” or “Making Memories of Us” ? No. What he did was give her the one album from 1970 that was so meaningful to him. “I went down to the record store and got her The Best of Waylon Jennings . That was her first real taste,” he said. The album has classics like 1963′s “Just to Satisfy You,” 1968′s “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” and 1969′s “MacArthur Park”(way before it ever got the disco remix treatment from Donna Summer). Urban was just a toddler in Australia when this Jennings album was released, so I’m not sure if he was raised on it Down Under or if he came to appreciate it after he moved to Nashville in the ’90s. But either way, I love that Urban turned to such a badass romantic to help him woo the woman who would become his wife.

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