After several years of making music in his home country of Austrailia, singer-songwriter Keith Urban moved to the United States joined a group called The Ranch and got his first record deal. The Ranch is no longer together, but Urban has continued...... Read Full Episode Summary »
After several years of making music in his home country of Austrailia, singer-songwriter Keith Urban moved to the United States joined a group called The Ranch and got his first record deal. The Ranch is no longer together, but Urban has continued to soar to the brink of superstardom as a solo act. This week on CMT Insider, we'll head into our vault and check out some early interviews with a younger Urban to find out what he was feeling about his art and where he thought he was headed in the music industry. With the country still fighting the war on terror, country artists are continuing to support American troops with special performances to say thank you. Super duo Brooks & Dunn and hot trio Rascal Flatts took time out of their busy schedules to perform for the troops at Camp Pendelton, Calif., and correspondent Lisa Lee was on hand for all the festivities. Lee will give viewers a front row seat to a great show of appreciation by two of country's biggest groups. It's an election year, and many artists are joining forces to encourage fans to register to vote. The Dixie Chicks, who came under fire for comments made about President Bush during a concert stop in London, are stepping back into the spotlight to get their fans to let their voices be heard. The trio will join many other popular artists for a series of shows this Fall to attempt to defeat the President's bid for re-election in November. We'll speak with some industry insiders to find out if this might stir up more controversy or if the Chicks will find their way back to country radio. He's been out of the spotlight for a little while, but Travis Tritt is coming back strong with a fun new single and a brand new album. Host Katie Cook will give visit with the Georgia singer to get the scoop on My Honky Tonk History and chat about his latest video "The Girl's Gone Wild." Also on tap for this episode: we'll be on hand for a special birthday bash for Hall of Fame member Buck Owens in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif.; follow singer-songwriter Andy Griggs for a media day as his new album hits stores; have newcomer Trent Willmon give us a look at some new guitar technology; get a glimpse at the new Julie Andrews' movie The Princess Diaries 2; and get the the Hit List from CMT's Lance Smith.