Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Keith Urban at 50?

CMT Hot 20 Countdown on Oct. 28 and 29 Looks Back at Urban’s Career

Multi-Grammy winner Keith Urban turns 50 today (Oct. 26). And the New Zealand-born and Australia-raised artist could have picked any music city in the world to call home.

But fortunately for Nashville, he chose to make the Tennessee capital his forever home just over 20 years ago.

His band back then was called The Ranch, and two-thirds of the members were from Down Under. When the group released its debut album in 1997, the year was dedicated to non-stop touring. At the time, they were especially excited to open two shows for Tim McGraw.

“So hopefully if that goes well we may do some further dates,” Urban said in a 1997 interview with CMT. “I hope that the album is successful enough for us to find a good audience and successful enough for us to make another one. We learned so much in the studio this time around. We’re already anxious to get back in and start working on the second album.”

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