Keith Urban Gives Nashville a Break

Approximately 10,000 Fans Join Him for Free Concert

Approximately 10,000 fans took a break on Keith Urban at Nashville’s free Ripcord release concert on Monday (May 9).

“Good Lord, Nashville!” Urban said as he looked out over the crowd packed shoulder-to-shoulder at Lower Broadway’s Bridgestone Arena Plaza.

Urban kicked off the muggy hour-long set with “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today),” “Long Hot Summer,” “Raise ‘Em Up” and “Sweet Thing” before polling the audience by asking, “Who here skipped school to be here today? Who should be at work right now?”

Some folks were visiting from Alaska and a few had camped out overnight, while others traveled from places more close by. Before singing his latest No. 1 “Break on Me,” Urban invited a young woman from Clarksville, Tennessee, onstage for 20th birthday. The birthday girl was with a group of sorority sisters from Alpha Omicron Pi and her big wish was a selfie with Urban. “Of course,” he said. “We’d like to get everybody in it if we could.”

Ripcord’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” the 2014 No. 1 “Somewhere in My Car,” Urban’s new make out song “Getting’ in the Way,” the Grammy-nominated “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and his latest single “Wasted Time” rounded out the set.

After taking a bow with his band including his longtime bassist Jerry Flowers, instrumentalist Danny Rader, drummer Seth Rausch and Nashville rocker Nathan Barlowe, Urban autographed CDs and snapped one last selfie with fans in the front row.

More selfies were snapped under the neon lights as the crowd dissipated into the honky-tonks along Lower Broadway.

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Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.