*Fly -Dixie Chicks Guitar (Electric) on "Some Days You Gotta' Dance"
* Keith Urban adds a funky banjo line to "Ride," on the Sons of the Desert's 2000 album, Change
*Tim Wilson Gettin' My Mind Right (1999) Guitar
Tailgate Party (Guitar)
Fiddle Fire-25 Years Of The Charlie Daniels Band (Guitar)
*One of keith's songs appears on
Toby Keith's album Christmas to Christmas
*and, of course...Banjo, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals & background Vocals on
The Ranch CD
The list can only keep growing as other artists discover keith's amazing talents!!
keith also appears on these albums:
1. Somebody Like You
(John Shanks/keith urban)
2. Who Wouldn't Want to Be Me
(Monty Powell/keith urban)
3. Whenever I Run
(Shelly Peiken/John Shanks/keith urban)
4. What About Me
(Rodney Crowell/keith urban)
5. You'll Think of Me
(Darrell Brown/Ty Lacy/Dennis Matosky)
(David Dundas/Roger Greenway)
7. You Look Good in My Shirt
(Tony Martin/Tom Shapiro/Mark Nesler)
8. You're Not Alone Tonight
9. You Won
(Rodney Crowell/keith urban)
10. Song For Dad
11. Rainin' On Sunday
(Darrell Brown/Radney Foster)
12. You're Not My God
(Paul Jefferson/keith urban)
"Keith Urban looks too fresh-faced to be in country music. Where's the gruff, scraggly cowboy? He must be buried beneath that fair Australian exterior, because, upon first listen, the contemporary cowboy is everywhere in such infectious, up-tempo songs like "It's a Love Thing" and "I Wanna Be Your Man" and in endearing ballads like "But for the Grace of God" and "Your Everything"." Urban's unmatched prowess with a guitar can be specifically heard in "Rollercoaster," a rare instrumental gem, generally unheard of on a country music album. Urban's signature style and distinctive take on country music, a fusion of rock-style guitar with seemingly radio-friendly songs, is a formula that will take him from newcomer status to superstar."
~ Maria Konicki Dinoia, All Music Guide
GOLDEN ROAD, the second solo album from Keith Urban, symbolizes the life and musical journey that has taken him from the Australian farm town of Caboolture to the top of the country music charts. It's a sojourn that has spanned nearly 9,000 miles (including the nerve-racking 10-yard trek across the famed Opry stage to receive the CMA's Horizon Award last year) and more than a decade of writing, picking, living, loving and growing.
"GOLDEN ROAD is more of a state of mind than a place for me," Urban says.
GOLDEN ROAD, the second solo album from Keith Urban, symbolizes the life and musical journey that has taken him from the Australian farm town of Caboolture to the top of the country music charts. It's a sojourn that has spanned nearly 9,000 miles (including the nerve-racking 10-yard trek across the famed Opry stage to receive the CMA's Horizon Award) and more than a decade of writing, picking, living, loving and growing.
"Golden Road is more of a state of mind than a place for me," Urban says. This album offers heretofore-untapped insights into the mind and soul of Urban, a somewhat complicated, yet optimistic and light-hearted man in his observations about himself and others. Urban reveals more of himself on this project than on any recording he's ever done.
"Hopefully it covers the gamut of my personality, from thinking to completely non-thinking, to being in love, joyous love, love for yourself, love for a higher power and gratitude," says Urban, who wrote or co-wrote 8 of the album's 12 songs. "Some of these songs are about things that I wish I could be or I wish I could do; they are not necessarily things that I am. They are idealistic, but that's a good start. A song like 'You're Not Alone Tonight' tells you everything I think about my spirituality. 'Song For Dad' tells you how I feel about my father. The songs like 'You Won' and 'You're Not My God' tell you how I feel about addiction and how it can really derail you. If there's a positive tone to this record, it's because I feel so grateful to still be on my journey. I haven't found what I'm looking for, but I feel really blessed to continue down the path to discovery."
The success of his self-titled solo debut, which was certified gold, gave him the confidence and freedom to push his musical boundaries on this project. His last CD spawned three Top 5 hits, including the No. 1 hit "But For The Grace of God."
In addition to the Country Music Association's 2001 Horizon Award, Urban received the Top New Male Vocalist Award at the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards and a Grammy nomination for his instrumental "Rollercoaster."
Kudos immediately poured in from music critics nationwide, from the Chicago Tribune, which included Urban on its annual list of Ten Best country albums, to the Los Angeles Times, which dubbed him a "country artist to watch." (People magazine even included him in its "Sexiest Man Alive" issue.) His image even appeared on the highly coveted cover of USA Today's USA Weekend.
Long respected for his guitar playing on Music Row, (he played on albums for Garth Brooks and The Dixie Chicks and now is known for his expertise at the six-string gango), his solo debut established him as a songwriter to be admired as well.
In his highly anticipated sophomore release, Urban builds on this foundation. He's come into his own and he's more comfortable displaying it, experimenting with different instruments, melodies and influences. In addition to co-producing six tracks with Dann Huff, he has sole producer credit on the rest of the record. The album also features more of his guitar playing and captures the excitement of his live show.
The debut single, "Somebody Like You," has a '70's freedom, while the 12-piece string accompaniment on "Song For Dad" is reminiscent of elaborate rock orchestrations -- a "rock Opry," if you will. Urban's hip simplicity is unveiled in "You Look Good in My Shirt," while you can hear his feeling about something greater than ourselves in "You're Not Alone Tonight." He portrays the reserved bitterness of the partner being left behind in the ballad "You'll Think of Me," but he also unveils driving on the backroads country in "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me."
Urban takes his influences from several decades, genres and continents, but puts his own spin on them, combining contagious rhythms with irresistible lyrics and melodies to create a sound that's brand new.
"I think a little bit more of my Aussie pub influence has come back into my playing. It has a certain primal rawness to it and I think I'm starting to let that come out again. When I came here, that's the way I played and it freaked everybody out so I toned it down radically in order to let people know me slowly. So the last record was more about letting people get to know me a little bit, and this one is hopefully letting more of myself out. It's kind of like the sixth time you meet your girlfriend's parents."
Urban began playing the guitar at age six. When not coaxing his tiny fingers to master chords, he was listening to his father's Don Williams, Glen Campbell and Charley Pride albums. At age seven, he knew that one day he would to move to Nashville to play country music. He started winning country music talent shows by age eight and four years later was steadily booking his band at local clubs. He mimicked every note on the Dire Straits records and soon developed his now-signature style of playing.
In1990 he signed with EMI in Australia and recorded his first solo album, which charted four No. 1 country hits. Buoyed by that success, he decided to move to Nashville in 1992. After the move, he formed a three-piece group, called The Ranch, and landed a record deal with Capitol after their live shows generated tremendous excitement. Although critics loved the Ranch's innovative sound, The Ranch broke up after one album. So Urban returned to his solo career, proving immediately that this was what he was destined to do.
"I don't want it labeled in any way other than it's just me," he says of his album. "People say there are only two types of music -- good and bad -- but that's not true. There's only stuff you like and stuff you don't. That's really all that matters. If you think it's good, it probably is. So I just want people to check it out. If you dig it give it to somebody else. That's what I do."
from countrystars.com-keith's bio page
1. Days Go By
2. Better Life
3. Making Memories Of Us
4. God's Been Good To Me
5. The Hard Way
6. You're My Better Half
7. I Could Fly
8. Tonight I Wanna Cry
9. She's Gotta Be
10. Nobody Drinks Alone
11. Country Comfort
12. Live To Love Another Day
13. These Are The Days
Format: Audio CD
Release Date: 09/21/04
Label: Capitol Records
On Be Here - Keith Urban's powerful and deeply felt follow-up to 2002's double-platinum Golden Road - his heart and soul as a man and a musician comes through loud and clear. Be Here, co-produced by Dann Huff and Urban himself, is music from a young man who's lived a little, loved a little and battled a couple of demons along the way. There are songs here for the good times, such as "You're My Better Half," "Making Memories of Us" and "God's Been Good To Me." And there are songs that speak to life's darker patches, like "Tonight I Wanna Cry," "The Hard Way" and "Nobody Drinks Alone."
From the driving opening track "Days Go By" (the album's first single) to the graceful reprise of "These Are The Days," Be Here offers the sound of a gifted singer-songwriter and world-class player embracing life and savoring the chance to play another day. For more info on Keith, visit KeithUrban.net