Urban paints "Graffiti U"
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
– Keith Urban is releasing his ninth album, "Graffiti U," on April 27.
Urban also is going to start touring behind the disc in June. The Aussie's last album was "Ripcord," which came out in May 2016.
The track listing is:
Never Comin Down
Way Too Long
Love The Way It Hurts (So Good)
Steal My Thunder
"Coming Home," the first single from the disc, was released March 21. Urban said on his web site that the song "started with an idea I had of using the intro of one of my favorite Haggard songs 'Mama Tried' - to build an entirely new song around it. Then, I took the idea to J.R. Rotem and he put some chords around it. I jotted down the first words that the music made me feel, jumped on a mic and sang the chorus."
"Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood - and my dream to come to America." added Keith. "I knew right then the story (of the song) was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home - wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us."
Urban called Haggard's widow, Theresa, and son Ben. "Keith called Theresa Haggard and Ben Haggard while he was working on the song. "It was important to me to have their blessing- and I'm so grateful that they love the song."
Urban also is launching the Graffiti U tour, starting June 15 in St. Louis.
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