The Grand Ole Opry is known for bringing country stars together for one-of-a-kind performances, and one of those collaborations took place on Tuesday night's show. During the show, Keith Urban took the Opry stage with Chris Janson to perform a rendition of the '90s classic "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)," originally recorded by John Michael Montgomery and it was awesome:
Speaking of Keith Urban, he will share his music industry knowledge at SXSW next year. Keith is booked as a featured speaker for the 2018 conference in Austin, Texas next March.
You might remember Garth Brooks gave a keynote speech at SXSW in 2017, and kicked off his visit to Texas with a press conference, where he debuted a new single and announced that he’d close out SXSW 2017 with a free show. His performance at SXSW’s outdoor riverfront stage marked his first official Austin concert in 20-plus years.
SXSW featured speakers are generally storytellers, creative visionaries and change-makers in the industry — The 2018 SXSW Conference and Festival runs from March 9-18. Industry professionals and music fans can register to attend beginning Oct. 20th.
Keith Urban has not revealed whether he’ll perform while in Austin next year.
Somethin’ you may not know about Kip Moore is that he’s sold more than 4 million albums, racked up a No. 1 hit (“Somethin’ About a Truck”) and five more Top 20 singles, and headlined sold-out shows all over the country. The surprising part is Kip Moore has only has two CMA nominations to his name over his career.
That may not seem like an impressive or fair number, taking into account his other stats. However, this doesn’t pose a problem for Kip. He says he’s simply too busy making music for his fans to worry much about accolades.
Kip says, “I think that anybody, any artist, would find joy in being recognized, and I think that if I was up for something or to win something, of course it would be humbling, and I would be thankful, But it doesn’t dictate how I feel. It’s not going to break me one way or the other.”