We went last night to the Keith Urban concert.
Gille Mills, Pam's cousin and noted set designer/wardrobe consultant, set us up with tickets and a backstage pass "meet and greet". Gille is working as Mr. Urban's wardrobe consultant during this multicity tour.
Urban is far more rocker than country. He has assembled a band of himself, four guitar players and a drummer. The band and stage is much more of a rock set up than country - and Keith Urban is a very talented guitar player in his own right - so, much more of a five slashing guitar players kind of concert than country. At least three of the four guitarists can sing - and sing well, strong high note range, and some nice harmony parts.
If you have a chance to catch a future date - jump on it, even, or maybe, in particular, if you aren't a country and western purist. His show is a long way from Hank Williams and Porter Wagoner.
Backstage, he could not have been more personable. So, we are doing our part now to help his CD sales....
He must do serious voice training along the way. No breaks, and he sings every song. While there are some very brief rests while guitar solos take place, or stages move around, they are momentary. And most of the songs have him reaching high in the range - I was very surprised there weren't any breaks...
Again - check it out.