WANT TO GO?
Keith Urban, with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: $37.50 to $87.35
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
_____CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With only two shows left for the year, no one would blame Keith Urban if he just wanted to be done with it all and get back to his wife and kids in Nashville.
The New Zealand-born, Australian-raised country star, who performs Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center, has had a very busy year. Aside from the tour, which began over the summer, Urban released his eighth studio record, "Fuse." The record, which came out in September, already has two hit singles, "Little Bit of Everything" and "We Were Us," and is edging steadily toward gold status.
Urban also served as judge for season 12 of "American Idol." Plus there have been video shoots, charitable appearances, his wife Nicole Kidman's movie career, you name it.
Urban just laughed about it.
"Yeah, it's been a busy year, but a good year."
And he's not all that tired.
The Grammy Award winner said, "What's great about the way we tour is I go out for a few days and I come home. I go out; I come home. I'm really home a lot.
"Gone are the days when I'm away from home weeks, let alone months at a time. We just had a terrific Thanksgiving at home. So, I'm actually looking forward to playing."
The singer is especially proud of the songs on the new record. Recorded piecemeal all over the country, the album features solid country duets with Miranda Lambert and Eric Church, but it also includes collaborations with some very non-country music writers and producers like indie rocker Butch Walker, Norwegian dance music songwriters Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen and rapper/writer/record producer Benny Blanco.
"I just wanted to experiment with some different people, create some different soundscapes around the songs," he said.
It all kind of starts and ends with the song, Urban said.