Keith Urban

Keith Urban

by Keith UrbanKeith Urban


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Keith Urban's solo debut for American audiences (released after the breakup of his former group, the Ranch) may seem a bit quaint now that he's become a superstar. But back in 1997 when this album was released, Urban looked like a fresh-faced kid who was entering the U.S. market as a virtual unknown. Truth is, he made his recording debut in his native Australia in 1991, and had been on the radar of Nashville's A&R men for years. This album proves why. There are four Urban originals here, each one showcasing his knack for writing in numerous styles that all fit into the expanding country radio format. He could marry a rock tune or pop ballad to a country melody, set it off with just the right amount of heartfelt emotion, and lace it with appropriate production, whether it be playing the banjo or adding strings to the mix. He and co-producer Matt Rollings also selected a mostly winning combination of tunes to fill the remainder of the disc, including Monty Powell's fiddle drenched barnstormer "It's a Love Thing," Charlotte Caffey's mid-tempo ballad "But for the Grace of God," and "Rollercoaster," which marked Urban's first signal towards the contemporary country community that he wasn't just a pretty face who could sing. The track is a guitar scorcher from top to bottom, with Urban playing guitar like he was Randy Scruggs' younger brother, flat picking his Stratocaster like it was another extremity he was born with. This and other such moments balance the slick and sometimes too-soft production on the record; as such, the album marks the true root of his sound as a major artist wetting his feet.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1999
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724349759121
catalogNumber: 97591

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Urban   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Electric Sitar
Steve Wariner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar,Pedal Dobro
John Catchings   Cello
Steve Conn   Accordion
David Davidson   Violin
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums,Drum Loop
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Tabitha Fair   Background Vocals
Jerry Flowers   Background Vocals
Martie Seidel   Background Vocals
Emily Robison   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Matt Rollings   Producer
Carlton "Santa" Davis   Art Direction
Jim DeMain   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson   Programming,String Arrangements
Justin Neibank   Engineer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Keith Urban   Composer,Producer
Michael Weinstein   Composer
Greg Kane   Engineer
Steve Jordan   Composer
Steven Jordan   Composer

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