Keith Urban Goes Old School for Summer ‘Must List’

Keith Urban

Sounds like country super star Keith Urban has a bit of a taste for the retro.  At least, that’s the sense one gets from the selection of summer “Must Haves” that the artist gave to Entertainment Weekly for its comprehensive summertime entertainment double issue, due on stands tomorrow (5/27).   Keith, who heads out on the North American leg of his “Get Closer” tour June 16, insists he must have the following  (but wait!  No mention of Nicole Kidman and their girls?) :

1) My Boom Box.  “I have an old Sony ghetto blaster from the ’80s that I got on eBay a long time ago.  It’s one of the huge ones with a cassette deck in it, and sometimes we’ll set deck chairs under the bus awning and crank up a mixtape. I’ve got one that’s got everything from Hank Williams to U2 to Frank Sinatra to Jay-Z to George Strait to old stuff from the ’80s.”

2)  My Motorcycles.  “I have a Harley- Davidson Fat Boy, a 100th-anniversary one that Kenny Chesney gave me, and I just bought a vintage motorcycle from the ’60s called a Matchless. I love being able to get out and see a lot of places we’re playing. I can get out and drive around the neighborhoods and then mention them during the gig that night, and it’s great because people feel a little more connected, and I feel more connected too.”

3)  Sweet Tea.  “If a restaurant serves it, I’m a happy camper. I’ll put in a plug for Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea. I’m not associated with them! I just like that tea.”

4) My Banjo.  “I have a six string banjo that I’ve had since probably 1995 that I use on all my records. Banjo goes on everything—it’s a bit like whipped cream, really.  Well, I guess whipped cream shouldn’t go on fried chicken. But it does seem to fit really well on anything that’s got a groove. I mean, you can play it on ‘Hey Ya!’ by OutKast.”

Okay, but we’re still trying to digest the fact he plays music on a cassette deck.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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