Keith Urban: My Summer Must List
Mr. Nicole Kidman praises his boom box, his banjo, and more
1. MY BOOM BOX
I have an old Sony ghetto blaster from the ’80s that I got on eBay a long time ago. It’s one of the huge ones with a cassette deck in it, and sometimes we’ll set deck chairs under the bus awning and crank up a mixtape. I’ve got one that’s got everything from Hank Williams to U2 to Frank Sinatra to Jay-Z to George Strait to old stuff from the ’80s.
2. MY MOTOR-CYCLES
I have a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, a 100th-anniversary one that Kenny Chesney gave me, and I just bought a vintage motorcycle from the ’60s called a Matchless. I love being able to get out and see a lot of places we’re playing. I can get out and drive around the neighborhoods and then mention them during the gig that night, and it’s great because people feel a little more connected, and I feel more connected too.
3. SWEET TEA
If a restaurant serves it, I’m a happy camper. I’ll put in a plug for Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea. I’m not associated with them! I just like that tea.
4. MY BANJO
I have a six-string banjo that I’ve had since probably 1995 that I use on all my records. Banjo goes on everything — it’s a bit like whipped cream, really. Well, I guess whipped cream shouldn’t go on fried chicken. But it does seem to fit really well on anything that’s got a groove. I mean, you can play it on ”Hey Ya!” by OutKast.
5. A FRISBEE
You gotta have a classic old Frisbee. I’ve got this one, an Aerobie Pro flying ring, a pink one that I’ve had since the ’90s. My worry about playing basketball or something is busting fingers. I think Frisbees are safer. [Laughs] Of course, here I am rockin’ around on a motorcycle worrying about safety, but there you go.
(The North American leg of Urban’s Get Closer tour starts June 16.)