Keith Urban’s ‘Chicken Pickin’ Got Him Fired From Metal Band
Keith Urban will take the Grand Ole Opry stage in the next few weeks. Keith recently shared the Opry’s Insta stories post on his own Insta Stories, where they posted a photo of Urban playing on the Opry stage from last year. They wrote over the image, “We’re excited to welcome @keithurban back into the circle on September 13th!'”
Keith has been a Grand Ole Opry family member since April 2012, when his friend Vince Gill inducted him into the Opry. On the night of his induction, Keith told me that the Opry is always where his heart has been. “I was in this heavy metal band for like two weeks, and I get fired for playing chicken picking guitar solos. It’s a band that plays all this Judas Priest and Whitesnake and everything, but I’m totally immersed in Ricky Skaggs at the time. I bought Highways and Heartaches (Skaggs’ album), and I went (makes country guitar sounds) every time they throw me a solo, and so I got fired from the band.”
Urban continued, “I was fifteen, and that, to me, sums up what my conundrum was at the time, like, ‘What do I do? What sort of music should I be making?’ and the foundation was always country. So, to get this induction, this is exactly where my heart is, always has been.”
Keith and Brooks & Dunn’s Kix Brooks are among the five newest hitmakers set to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Urban and Brooks will join the hall alongside fellow inductees Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy, and Rafe Van Hoy.
He will be inducted as the contemporary songwriter-artist, while Kix will be inducted as the veteran songwriter-artist.
Urban recalled his early days in Nashville during a press conference. He said in part of his fellow inductee, “Kix was one of the first that came along, who sat at [Nashville venue] Jack’s Guitar Bar to hear me play, and later took me on tour. He’s been a champion ever since. I’m honored to be here with you.”
Keith penned many of his own hits, including “But For the Grace of God,” “Somebody Like You,” “Wasted Time,” and the CMA Award-nominated songs “Tonight I Wanna Cry” and “Better Life.” His 2012 song “For You” was featured in the film Act of Valor and earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song.