Keith Urban Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Footage of ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16′ [WATCH]
Keith Urban's latest single "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" has a tongue-twisting title, but it's quickly become a fan favorite; in fact, the tune is Urban's fastest-selling song in almost 10 years. The country star has released a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the song, and from key-change frustrations to lyric mess-ups, the clip shows it all.
"The first day of recording was interesting," says Urban, who narrates the entire 7-minute video. He adds that it was "constantly frustrating" trying to figure out how to turn the acoustic-based song he debuted at CRS into a more groove-heavy tune that was different than anything he'd ever recorded.
The mini-documentary shows Urban and company in the studio hashing things out -- and reveals that it wasn't until Urban picked up a bass guitar that the song started flowing.
The tune takes many fascinating twists and turns: Drum programming, figuring out a bass line and flubbing the fast-talking lyrics are just a few of the highlights of this video. Throughout the clip, Urban laughs when he forgets to take a breath during the lightning-quick chorus and agonizes over modulating the song into a higher key.
“We couldn’t recall a song-specific documentary short that really gave a feeling for how a song comes together,” Urban says via a press release. “We’re usually filming anyway, and the evolution of “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” really did happen in the studio, so we thought, why not share some of the fun (and creative angst) that we usually have in the studio with our fans!”
Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Josh Osborne penned the Urban-approved track. The lyrics namecheck stars like Don McLean, Kris Kristofferson, John Wayne, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe and more, along with the titular three Johns.
“John Cougar references all the sort of sexual tension of teenage angst all of us were growing up in,” McAnally says. ”John Deere represents the way that our parents worked and what we saw living in the country, and of course [there’s] the element of religion. And [there’s] irony in John Cougar starting the line and John 3:16 ending the line because that was the push and pull of that teenage thing.”
Urban is currently on tour and will begin filming for American Idol in August. The official music video for "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" is due to be released next month, and an album is forthcoming, though the singer admits that it's a "long way from done."
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