CHARLESTON – On his second to last show of this year, country music super star Keith Urban brought his tour to the Charleston Civic Center Saturday night and rocked the place with his unique voice and style of music.
“Nobody plays guitar like Keith Urban,” said Cyndi Murphy.
Murphy was at the concert in Charleston. It was her 54th time seeing the New Zealand-born, Australian-raised country star perform live.
“I have been following him around since 2004,” Murphy said. “I have had the chance to meet him and even sing on stage with him before.”
Murphy flew in to Charleston from Perkasie, Pa., and has traveled as far as Denver, Colorado, to see the legendary Grammy Award winning musician.
Urban’s “Light The Fuse Tour” comes following the release of 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.
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.
With Urban on the tour in Charleston was Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. Little Big Town performed hits like “Pontoon” and “Little White Church,” while Lynch belted out his hit “Cowboys and Angels.”
Urban rocked the house with some of his classic hits as well, including “Sweet Thing,” “Kiss A Girl,” and “’Til Summer Comes Around.”
“This is one of the best concerts I have ever been to in any style of music,” said Douglas Adkins after the show. “He played all the hits, treated us to great guitar-playing and was generous and friendly to the fans.”
At one point in the show, Urban brought a young girl on stage and asked her to pick out the next song he would sing.
“The sound and visuals were top-notch professional,” Adkins added. “He seemed to be having as much fun as the audience.”
Urban has become more well-known to those outside the country music genre after serving as judge for season 12 of “American Idol.” Plus there have been video shoots, charitable appearances and his wife Nicole Kidman’s movie career that have put Urban’s name in the mouths of many worldwide.
A little more than a week ago, the Internet was a-buzz about Urban cutting his hair. His long, sandy blond hair was his signature look, but he cut the back off for a shorter look. His fans didn’t seem to mind.
“He is still a beautiful man, a beautiful person and a great singer, musician and performer,” Murphy said. “I plan to continue to see him live as much as possible in the future.”
With the very busy 2013 coming to a close, Urban is already looking at a very busy 2014. After the holidays, he’ll pick the tour right back up and will be on the road off and on well into next summer. He’ll also be returning to “American Idol,” which starts season 13 in January.