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(CMT Hot Dish is a weekly feature written by veteran columnist Hazel Smith. Author of the cookbook, Hazel’s Hot Dish: Cookin’ With Country Stars, she also hosts CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith and shares her recipes at CMT.com.)

The incredibly talented Keith Urban can still be surprised, and he got the surprise of his life Tuesday (April 10) during the We’re All for the Hall benefit concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

While onstage, Keith was handed a gift — a black bag. When he opened it, he saw a Grand Ole Opry microphone. Vince Gill along with fellow Opry...

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Keith Urban invited Kayla Sarro to the stage to sing “We Were Us” with him at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival, and she may not have wanted to leave. Judging from the crowd’s reaction, they may have been just fine with the New Yorker sticking around, too. Watch as she makes the most of her moment on one of the biggest stages in the northeast.

The Saratoga Springs native was chosen to sing Miranda Lambert’s part of the duet from Urban’s Fuse album. After some chit-chat, Sarro locks in to begin the song. Remember, it’s the...

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The CMA has invited Keith Urban to be the first artist ambassador for their initiative Music Education Matters, as was announced at a press conference during the CMA Music Fest Thursday morning (June 11).

Music Education Matters will support the effort to keep music education in schools, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern told the audience. She also commented that students who participated in music education programs were proven to stay in school longer.

Trahern began the announcement by bringing J.F. Kennedy Middle School choir from Antioch, Tenn. on stage to welcome Urban with their own rendition of his hit, “Better Life.”...

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Throughout the glorious late-career renaissance of Nile Rodgers – with Chic becoming a surefire festival hit, and Get Lucky conquering the world – it has seemed there has only been one thing missing: an EDM collaboration with an Australian country singer. If that’s what you’ve been wishing for, your wishes are to come true.

The disco legend is now working with Keith Urban on tracks described by the Ram Country website as “EDM-country”.

“I really pushed him to sing at the top of his range,” Rodgers said. “Keith was nervous about it; he wanted to do another take. But I...

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Well guys, it’s been fun. We’ve had a fairly good couple of thousand years enjoying the multifaceted concept that is ‘music’, but unfortunately we’re going to have to pull stumps on the whole shebang, because Nile Rodgers and Keith Urban are working together to create, what they’re calling, ‘EDM-Country’.

In what can only result in the worst aural experience since Rebecca Black’s Friday, Rodgers and Urban have been making their nightmarish frankenstein music in the studio recently, with Nile telling RAM Country that they’ve got a couple of rough tracks finished which, wait for it, combine his own signature...

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In 2013, when Avicii introduced the concept of “country-dance,” electronic music fans were taken aback to say the least. At the time, the idea was fairly experimental and people didn’t quite know how to feel about it.

Two years later, we’ve warmed up to the notion of dance music mixing with other types of music. Now that Tim has made his mark on the cross-genre, Nile Rodgers has stepped up to the plate to give fans a taste of his own “EDM-country,” with the help of Australian country singer Keith Urban.

Rodgers admits that their new collaboration may initially leave Urban’s true...

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Surely not, it can't be?

Sadly, Yes it is true. Nile Rodgers and old mate Urban are teaming up to make what Rodgers describes as "country-EDM".

According to the journalist who was played the songs by an excited Rodgers in the back of an SUV, one of the songs features Rodgers’ signature guitar over some “frenetic banjo playing by Urban” set to a “pulsating club beat”.

Continuing the country dance music trend made popular from our mate Avicci (please don't wake me up ever), Rodgers was quick to...

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On “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” Keith Urban returns to more traditional country themes while continuing to push his sound in new directions. Lyrically, the funky new window to his next studio album is immediately relatable. It won’t need the time songs like “Cop Car” and “Raise ‘Em Up” needed to cook.

Sonically, Urban bends in a new direction — something Fuse did liberally. The production is simpler and more organic, with a light snare and deep bass cradling the star as he begins the first verse. The singer adds the rhythm:

“I’m a 45 spinnin’ on an old Victrola...

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The two shared this photo with their daughters Sunday Rose, 6½, and Faith Margaret, 4, via Facebook on the big day. “9 years of love xx,” the actress captioned the image (the two got hitched back in 2006).

Urban also shared a video with Kidman through Twitter after performing in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, thanking fans for helping them celebrate their anniversary:

“We just came off stage in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and it was so fun,” Urban says. “It’s our anniversary tonight and everyone had signs wishing us a happy anniversary — you have no idea how touching that is.”

The “Raise ‘Em Up” singer even admits...

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Keith Urban to Go 70’s on New Album [VIDEO]Posted on June 25, 2015Keith Urban Courtesy on UMG Nashville

If there is anyone in country music that could team up with a 70’s legend, it’s Keith Urban. He has recently finished a recording with Chic’s Nile Rodgers. Nile says;

The new songs, which are expected to appear on Urban’s next album, will speak to a “broader audience” and that he expects country fans will eventually “come around.

This isn’t anything new for Keith Urban as he recently performed with Jason Derulo on ‘Broke’ and if performing with 70s stars is the new trend;...

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He’s also working with Cara Delevingne.

Nile Rodgers has dipped his toes into many genres over the years, but his next project will take him into uncharted territory. According to Yahoo Music’s Ram Country...

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