‘Keith Urban So Far’ Exhibit Opens at Country Music Hall of Fame
Keith Urban was the guest of honor at a special reception at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday night (Dec. 1), in honor of his recently opened exhibit, Keith Urban So Far. The singer-songwriter took some time to share his thoughts on the exhibit, which includes items from his childhood as well as instruments, awards, setlists and other personal memorabilia.
“It’s amazing the things that my mom has kept, and to see them — some of these things, I haven’t seen since I was a little kid, so it’s kind of crazy,” Urban told The Boot and other reporters. “God bless her for keeping all this stuff.”
Displayed in the exhibit are Urban’s concert wear and awards show outfits, along with several items of clothing he wore when he was performing in Australia as a little boy.
“My dad particularly always thought it was important that I dressed like a performer, so a lot of those outfits were actually made by him, with the help of my mom, but particularly my dad,” Urban explains of the eclectic clothes. “He just really thought I should dress well and look like a performer.”
Also included in Keith Urban So Far are several of the country star’s guitars that were damaged in Nashville’s devastating 2010 flood.
“They’re obviously not well,” Urban concedes of the instruments. “But that whole flood was crazy, and I had 50 other guitars that all went in their Cumberland [River] baptism. Some survived, and some didn’t. The acoustics predominantly were destroyed. Some of the electrics survived, and I use them now.
“To see them just a few minutes ago, brought back, pardon the pun, but a flood of memories of that time: We couldn’t get to the instruments for four or five days, because power lines were down and police were closing off the area, and we needed to wait for the water subside,” he recalls. “My guitar tech and me, we were just livid because we knew the longer these guitars sat in water, the worse they would get, but we couldn’t get to them. We just had to wait for the water to subside.”
But of all of the items on display, the most meaningful for Urban is a postcard he sent to his parents when he was just a little boy.
“I’d forgotten everything I wrote in it,” Urban says. “Obviously I was in the single digits, probably eight or nine. And, of course, now having 7- and 5-year-old daughters now, it’s fascinating to read something I wrote at a similar time.”
Keith Urban So Far is scheduled to remain open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum until May of 2016.
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