Keith Urban to Undergo Throat Surgery; Larry Cordle Plans New Project; Give Me the Banjo Airs Tonight
Juli Thanki | November 4th, 2011
Later this month, Keith Urban will undergo throat surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cords. He’s planning on honoring pre-existing single song commitments, but other appearances and lengthier performances (including his All for the Hall fundraiser) will be postponed and rescheduled in 2012.
Jessica Pace of American Songwriter sat down for a Q&A with two of The Dirt Drifters. Here’s a quote from guitarist Jeff Middleton in response to the question “Why country music?”: “I’ve listened to all different genres of music, and country songs that strike me the most are the ones that feel real and tell great stories. I moved to Nashville to write songs. I didn’t move to get a record deal or be in a band. It was because songs are, to me, the dearest form of music. I think that’s why our band bases everything around the song. It’s interesting that we’re all from different areas. I think that’s a strength, because the song has to reach each of us. And that’s the commonality. What I think a great song does and what I think country music is to a lot of people is just real life experience that we all go through, whether you grow up in a city or a rural town.”
Larry Cordle’s upcoming album (expected to drop in late 2012) will include guests like Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, and other artists who have recorded his songs.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.