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Keith Urban Reveals the Inspiration Behind 'John' Song

Keith Urban Reveals the Inspiration Behind 'John' Song

Keith Urban steps out for a meeting on Thursday afternoon (July 30) in Studio City, Calif.

The 47-year-old singer released a behind-the-scenes video that day showing the making of his song “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” which happens to be his fastest-selling single in a decade.

“It was constantly frustrating to me, because there was another way to go, and I didn’t know what it was,” Keith says in the clip. “Then I noticed there was a bass at the studio and I grabbed the bass guitar and I thought maybe that’s what it is — the bass guitar and drum machine going together.”

“So it wasn’t a totally new thing for me to play [bass] and sing. This one is just more funky,” Keith told Rolling Stone Country. “And for me, playing bass while singing actually helps the groove of the vocal.”


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  • 1urbanfan27

    Love all the photos of Keith alone…But how many photos do they need for this? Crazy…

    He doesn’t look too happy about it…But then he never has liked it, when it wasn’t planned… :(

  • maggie novox

    I hate that tattoo going up on his neck. Why did he do that to himself?

  • 1urbanfan27

    And geez…The anti-bacterial gel…Was that the money shot JJ ???

    I loved the studio video that he released about #John…It was great… :)

  • jane

    when is he going to finally come out?

  • Dee

    Love the song three Johns. Admire Keith and his talent but I do hope he stops with the tattoos now.

  • Dee

    Get some rest Jane. There is no male any more sexy and kinder than Keith Urban. Ex girlfriend, Scientologist ????

  • 1MzLiz

    You poor little sad soul. Try getting out of that cave and enjoy the lovely summer weather. No one should feel it’s normal to sit in front of a computer screen making ridiculous remarks about someone they don’t know personally. Also, stop with all the names, you’re still the same old, same old.

  • caskinner

    Hot hot hot.

  • jane

    i wrote a sentence, you wrote a paragraph. quit sitting in front of your screen loser

  • jane

    your man must look gay too

  • 1MzLiz

    As a matter of fact, I live on a lake and enjoyed myself immensely today. Also, I’m pretty competent on a computer and probably can dash off three lines faster than you manage to muddle through one.

  • mac lennon

    Don’t make me laugh HARDER than I already do at this pathetic joke. So, orb is going to “reveal the inspiration” behind a song he had NO imput in writing!? Yeah, he decides WHAT level of echo or reverb to use in the studio. I wager he even tosses a coin to decide which.

  • mac lennon

    As to his “fastest selling single in the past decade”…the single has sold a total of 187k in just over 3 weeks. That is considered “fast?” Ha! Yes…for orb…that is considered fast! For comparison, current top selling single this week, luke bryan’s “Kick up the Dust” released back in May sold 124k in it’s first week.

  • chelsea

    out so soon, maclen? You need to go back into the psych ward for more treatment.

  • Dee

    What a laugh. Luke Bryan stands on stage wiggles his ass, can’t play the guitar worth a dam, whitens his teeth for his constant smile. I do’t know who sells more but I do know who has the talent though, Keith Urban.

  • Dee

    Do you get paid by the Scientologist or are you an ex girl friend that Keith ditched or did he ignore you when you were stalking him. There has to be some reason why you hate him so much.

  • mac lennon

    A fact: Bryan’s last two albums have sold a combined 4.9 million cds…2.4mil each. The orb’s last two albums have only sold a combined 1.1mill..700k and 450k for the last dismal album. ALOT more people sure DO love Bryan’s “ass” more than the orb’s scrawny ass…but more than likely…they are surely bored by the orb’s painfully dull and bland jingles.

  • SweetCiCi

    Can’t wait for Keith’s new album/tour. What an amazing entertainer and kind soul Keith is. Love him!

  • SweetCiCi

    Can’t wait for Keith’s new album/tour. What an amazing entertainer and kind soul Keith is. Love him!

  • SweetCiCi

    Can’t wait for Keith’s new album/tour. What an amazing entertainer and kind soul Keith is. Love him!

  • SweetCiCi

    Can’t wait for Keith’s new album/tour. What an amazing entertainer and kind soul Keith is. Love him!

  • Dee

    Who cares. !!! I personally prefer the talented Keih Urban. Do you keep records on every entertainer ??? You sure have a hate for Keith ?????

  • mac lennon

    Well for starters, you care…otherwise you would not constantly whine about my comments here. I obviously understand your hysterical rantings…orb’s career is in clear decline. He is surely a hasbeen at this point despite what the manipulated country radio “play list” or the Rolling stone shilling and hyping piece may claim. But go right ahead…continue to wallow in the orb’s mediocrity.

  • 1MzLiz

    You mustn’t have watched the “Today” show this morning. Keith had the place packed and the fans obviously weren’t disappointed with his mini concert. You can keep on whining as you have done over the years, but Keith’s doing just fine. As far as that goes, who would want a obvious malcontented misfit as you for a fan in the first place? I expect you’ll retaliate, but facts are facts. The man’s a very talented, charismatic entertainer who’s loved by his fans. BTW, is your actual name David Miscavige?

  • mac lennon

    What an utterly laughable…and meaningless example. Who DOESN”T pack a free morning show sidewalk show?! Of course…when it comes to plunking down their hard earned MONEY…even less of his own fans are willing to pay for orb’s musical pap. That is a TRUE gauge…not a free sidewalk show for mainly the obviously unemployed wandering by.

  • 1MzLiz

    Mac, do you really think that you’re on the same level as Groucho Marx? That man was a true wit. You don’t even have a sense of humor.

  • mac lennon

    I’ve never made that claim actually. But a comment board icon is simply a symbol of the “spirit” of a contributor. Do fans of orb who place an icon of him on their online accounts believe they are on the same “bland and boring” level as he is? I would hope not.

  • Dee

    Don’t care at all, take my word for it. I am just a huge fan of Keith Urban, not only for his talent but for being such a kind caring person.

  • Dee

    Take my word for it, I could care less about Luke Bryan. I just happen to enjoy the talented Keith Urban.

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