A little over a week ago, Keith Urban was in Nashville for the opening of his new exhibit at the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The exhibit, called Keith Urban So Far... features a collection of memorabilia that Urban has gathered over the course of his career.
Urban has been active in the country music industry for 25 years now, and during that time he has had the opportunity to watch the genre grow and evolve. During the opening for his exhibit in the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Urban took the time to sit down with Rolling Stone to share his thoughts on modern country.
In a world where many modern country artists come under fire by some for doing too much "genre blending," Urban believes there can be some good in blending country music with elements from other genres.
Urban recognizes that not everyone likes the direction some modern country artists have taken, but he wants them to know that country music will always be country music:
"It's a resilient genre that always manages to allow for experimentation, that sometimes goes overboard, goes too far, loses its identity...And then it's able to recalibrate and pull it back. But in the process of pulling it back, it's not where it used to be. It's moved on. And it stays relevant and it stays connected to the tradition."
As for himself, Urban says that he has enjoyed watching what has happened to country music throughout the years.
"The evolution of country music interests me, fascinates me," he says.
Although Urban isn't quite sure yet which direction he'd like to take with his upcoming album Ripcord, we're sure that it will be another incredible collection.
You can watch Urban perform his most recent mega-hit, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" in the song's official music video below.
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