Keith Urban Honors Jimmy Buffett On Stage
After Keith Urban learned of the death of Jimmy Buffett this weekend (9/1), he honored his friend at a show in Atlantic City. Keith posted the moment to his Instagram.
Urban told the crowd, “I’ll just take a second to acknowledge the passing of an incredible musician, Jimmy Buffett.” The crowd cheers as Keith continues, “I was shocked today to hear about that. I was immediately thinking about a time when we got to go down to St. Barts. We got an invite from Jimmy to go have dinner with him and his wife. And when we were down there, Jimmy said to me. ‘Man, you should grab your guitar; there’s a bar in town, and I’m sure if we take our guitars, they’ll let us sit in.’ So, there’s me and Jimmy carrying our guitars down the street in St. Barts and go to this cool bar, and we sang a couple of songs, and my wife was with me (he shows a photo of Nicole with Jimmy and his wife) of course, so there’s Jimmy and Nic right there and Janie in front of Jimmy.”
Urban strums his guitar and adds, “It was such an honor to know him. It’s a huge loss, but an incredible legacy of music that he has left us. (This is) One of the first songs that I learned when I started playing guitar.” He plays Buffett’s classic “Come Monday.” After that, he played “Margaritaville.”
Not long ago, Keith told me how he first introduced country music to his wife, Nicole Kidman. He revealed, “The very first song I played here was ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way’ by Waylon Jennings. I didn’t tell her anything; she just got in the car one day, and I hit play, and that kick drum started, and the guitar started.”
Urban adds, “She starts bopping her head and says, ‘Aw, I like this! What’s this?’ So she was hooked from then on.”
In the same interview, Keith told me about the music that his family listened to when he was a kid in Australia. He offered, “There was such a healthy mix of contemporary country music from my dad’s record collection. But also, I was just spoon-fed radio, Top 40 radio as a little kid; even in Dad’s car, we always listened to the radio. Even in the house, we seemed to listen to the radio more than we watched TV.”