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Keith Urban releases his new single

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Keith Urban releases his new single

Keith Urban has just released his new single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” in a way paying tribute to John Cougar Mellencamp. In the song, the New Zealand-born and Australian-bred Urban paints himself as the quintessential all-American boy, equal parts John Wayne, Superman and “blue-jean quarterback saying ‘I love you’ to the prom queen.” He finishes up the chorus by singing that he “learned everything I needed to know from John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

Nicole Kidman’s husband and American Idol co-host says he was encouraged to record the single by the response his solo acoustic presentation of it earned at the 2015 Country Radio Seminar at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium in February. In a press release he says it “was sent to me a few months ago by one of the songwriters, and I loved it immediately — loved it so much that right before I walked out on stage at the Ryman for CRS a few months back, I thought I’d play the song solo acoustic to see what the audience thought. Flash forward, and there’s no doubt that their response that day helped make it the first single from what will be my next album.”