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ATT, Samsung sponsor Urban tour

Thursday, June 9, 2011 – ATT and Samsung Mobile today announced their sponsorship of Keith Urban's Get Closer'2011 World Tour.

The agreement includes AT&T and Samsung's naming as the presenting sponsor and Urban's endorsement of the Samsung Infuse 4G2 smartphone, exclusive to AT&T customers.

Urban debuts the North American leg of his 'Get Closer 2011 World Tour' on June 16 in Biloxi, Miss=. The tour, which concluded an Australian run in April, will include more than 50 concerts.

Urban fans will be able to follow the tour as Urban will record vignettes of life on the road on his Samsung Infuse 4G and post them at his web site. At concerts in each arena concourse, fans will have the opportunity to appear in a video and photo with Urban via green screen technology and share their experience with friends instantly via email, Facebook or Twitter. Brand representatives will be roaming throughout concerts to capture photos of fans using the camera on the new Samsung Infuse 4G smartphone. Fans will be able to receive their photos instantly via email so that they can share with friends and post to their social media sites.

"The way I look at what we do on the road is that we create an environment that brings people together," said Urban. "Singles, couples, friends, families, total strangers, all coming together to share the music, the moment and the experience. That's what a live concert is all about to me. AT&T and Samsung are doing the same thing, connecting people and giving them the chance to share all of this magic with one another. So for me, it's not only a natural fit, but an honor to have AT&T and Samsung partner with us and help bring this Get Closer 2011 tour to life."

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Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Guthrie brings welcome vibe of sweetness – Before launching into "This Land is Your Land," Arlo Guthrie recalled how his father taught him this song when he was just eight or nine. His father, however, wasn't just any father, but the father of protest folk music, Woody Guthrie. Then when Arlo's daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie, took the stage midway through the first half of the... »»»
Concert Review: McConnell, fortunately, comes home – Sean McConnell may have left Massachusetts a good 25 years ago, but there was no doubt about what this night meant to him. This was a homecoming for the Nashville-based singer/songwriter. His parents, who moved back to the Bay State from Georgia, other family and folks he said he hadn't seen since he moved, were in the house of the small club.... »»»
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