Big & Rich, Keith Urban to Play Sturgis Festival  

Big & Rich and Keith Urban will kick off the first Rock'n  
the Rally Music Festival in Sturgis, S.D., on Aug. 6.  
Cowboy Troy, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Shooter Jennings  
are also on the bill. The five-night concert series  
coincides with Sturgis Bike Week, scheduled for Aug. 7-13.  
Other artists performing during the festival include  
Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and the Steve Miller  
Band. Organizers are building an $11 million, 34-acre  
amphitheater on the nearby Glencoe Camp Resort to prepare  
for the event.  
Note for Jason Mowery fans: Jason is now with Big & Rich!!! Keith and Jason may share the same stage again.
APRIL/MAY 2006 NEWS
Keith Nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist in the 2006 ACMs!
His reaction:
"It's always an honor to be nominated next to the best in our business," said Urban. "To those who have seen us on the road and had us in their thoughts, and to our country radio and video stations and my label, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most."
Hill, McGraw, Underwood, Urban Added to CMT Music Awards

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood have been announced to perform at the 2006 CMT Music Awards to be telecast live April 10 at 8 p.m. ET from The Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville.

Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, CMT's fifth annual awards show honors country music's elite for the year's most outstanding videos and is the genre's only fan-voted awards show. Previously announced performances include Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland.

Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Van Zant will jumpstart the live awards telecast with a 90-minute pre-party airing April 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET from downtown Nashville. CMT hosts Katie Cook and Lance Smith, along with special guests the Warren Brothers, will report live from the red carpet and the downtown stage.

Voting is underway at CMT.com to determine the winners. Fans can vote online at CMT.com during the live telecast to determine the video of the year winner.


Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration).
Keith Urban: Better Life

Male Video of the Year
Keith Urban: Better Life

Hottest Video of the Year:
Keith Urban: Making Memories of Us

Watch on CMT and vote for Keith!!!!!



Keith on the red carpet at a past Flameworthy Awards Show, recently renamed the CMT Music Awards
Keith and Nicole Kidman at the Grammys
Line-up Starts For Keith Urban Tickets
SooNews Wire -- SooNews.ca -- Thursday, April 6, 2006

Kewadin Casino informs SooNews.ca that line-ups for tickets for the Keith Urban concert this summer, began early this morning.

Critically acclaimed performer and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban, will continue to impress audiences this spring and summer, making stops at state fairs and festivals around the country. Although Urban recently completed his highly successful “Still Alive in ‘06” tour, he’s not yet ready to leave the stage. He will be performing at Kewadin Casinos on July 14.

Urban’s set features music that includes his seven #1 singles that have made him one of the industry’s true phenomena. His electrifying performances of “Days Go By,” “Making Memories Of Us,” “Better Life,” “Somebody Like You,” “You’ll Think Of Me,” “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” and “But For The Grace Of God,” have made Urban one of the industry’s most explosive live concert experiences. His recent accolades include 2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year and Best Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as the 2006 Grammy Award for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance” for “You’ll Think of Me.”

On stage, Urban will be accompanied by his band, which includes Jerry Flowers (bass/backing vocals), Steve King (keyboards, accordion and backing vocals) Chris Rodriguez (guitar, banjo and backing vocals) and Chris McHugh (drums).


Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban Finally Enter Marriage Zone
by Tashi Singh
The Post Chronicle
Apr 3, 2006

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman looks happier than ever, and seems to have embraced the life of country lady to boyfriend Keith Urban.  She's also become his biggest fan.
When Kidman's country rocker honey kicked off a surprise gig at Nashville's Lipscomb University last month, Kidman was "just cheering like a fan," a concertgoer told PEOPLE in the latest issue.

The Aussies pair, both 38, have become a regular sight around Nashville; visiting the Grand Ole Opry, hanging out at Urban's posh mansion, and partying with neighbor LeAnn Rimes.  Kidman flashes a huge diamond ring with great flair everywhere they go, but engagement ring or not, the couple still won't say.  However, the red-haired beauty has been wearing it on her "we're getting married" finger for months.

Friends close to the couple do believe they have found true love with each other and say, "They seem great together.  Real love just happens.  You don't plan it.  And that's what happened with them.  They fell in love."

Kidman has recently been told she will be granted an annulment of her marriage to Tom Cruise, allowing her to remarry in a Catholic Church, reports UPI.

Kidman's family has held discussions with a Catholic priest about arrangements for a wedding to fellow Australian, country singer Keith Urban, a source told the Melbourne Herald Sun.

Since the Catholic Church does not allow divorcees to remarry, but it is believed Kidman was told she would be granted an annulment because her marriage to Cruise did not conform to the requirements of the church.

A spokeswoman for Kidman called the rumors "nonsense." As far as she knew, the publicist said, Kidman and Urban are not engaged and are not planning a wedding.

The lovebirds turned up together in the front row at February's Grammys (their first event as an official "couple", and spoke with Barbara Walters at a Vanity Fair post-Oscar party.

The gossip-sphere is simply buzzing about when the two will set a wedding date, and it seems all that's left are the invitations.

"They're perfect together," says a Nashville source.  "I think they'll definitely get married."

-- Compiled from wire reports




KEITH URBAN BEGINS WORK ON NEW CD
Keith Urban began working on a new album in Nashville this week. Backstage
at the CMT Music Awards, Monday night, Keith told reporters, - "I love
records that just really are about songs. I like to get in the studio and
let it just kind of grow organically.