LOS ANGELES – On Thursday, the Nashville Songwriters Corridor of Fame introduced that Keith City was amongst its class of 2023 inductees. The information arrived reside from Columbia Studio A, only a block and a half from the place the nation music famous person stayed when he first landed within the Music Metropolis from Australia in 1989, hoping to make a reputation for himself.

“It’s truly surreal,” Keith City advised The Related Press.

He stated that if somebody advised him, then, that he would in the future be inducted within the corridor, “I just wouldn’t have believed it.”

City spoke to AP shortly after the announcement to speak in regards to the craft of songwriting, his forthcoming studio album out in 2024 — the longest break he has taken between albums because the begin of his profession, heading again to Las Vegas for an prolonged residency and past.

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AP: In your speech on the Corridor announcement, you talked about first coming to Nashville in 1989 — does this award can help you mirror on these early days?

URBAN: I nonetheless drive down sixteenth and into Music Row and it’s like time evaporates. And I’m proper again, driving down the very same avenue to go to a songwriting session.

I used to be writing 5 days per week at MCA publishing over there, and on one hand, it was an excruciatingly robust time for me as a result of it wasn’t actually how I wrote songs: sitting in a room with an entire stranger, a few authorized pads, and acoustic guitars in a windowless room. That is sort of the way it was achieved again then.

It was such a coaching floor for me, I suppose, as a result of I used to be sort of pressured into an setting that wasn’t pure to me. However I realized a lot from it about songwriting. As robust because it was, it’s most likely the place I realized probably the most about songwriting.

AP: And that is an award about songwriting — significantly noteworthy, given the collaborative nature of writing rooms in Nashville and nation music.

URBAN: To be acknowledged as a author is extraordinary, as a result of I’ve all the time liked songwriting. After I began actually writing poetry in class, and I began writing songs simply out of a need to not be caught, all the time singing any individual else’s tune, taking part in in cowl bands, and realizing “This is going nowhere for me. I want to write my own songs.”

Ed Sheeran was requested, “How do you write a good song?” And he stated, “Start with the bad ones.” And I feel that’s just like the truest remark about songwriting. You bought to get the actually lame, mediocre ones out of the way in which so you may get to the stronger, higher ones. Gosh, I wrote not that way back with Tyler Hubbard on a tune referred to as “Dancing in the Country,” and that session was nice. I’m always studying about songwriting from my collaborations.

AP: What can we count on out of your subsequent album?

URBAN: I’ve bought one other single popping out within the subsequent couple of months; we’re making an attempt to decide on certainly one of these explicit three proper now. Many of the album, I’d say, is completed. I feel I’ve bought one principally yet one more tune to file from the bottom up after which a complete bunch of others that simply should be blended. I am within the last phases of touchdown the airplane proper now. An album will come out someday subsequent yr.

AP: How would you describe it?

URBAN: I began engaged on an album at first of final yr. I spent the higher a part of the yr out and in of the studio whereas I used to be touring, solely to get to most likely February of this yr and kind of have a look at all of it and really feel prefer it actually wasn’t a bunch of songs that was chatting with me. There was one other album in me, I suppose. It was a bizarre feeling. I truly by no means had that occur with a file, the place I bailed on two thirds of it. I most likely saved about three out of these 12 or so songs.

It was the worst feeling of like, “Okay, it’s back to the drawing board. I got to get in there and start writing some songs.” And so actually from February all through to now, the entire file simply took a complete totally different path once I had time to jot down. It was the lacking coronary heart of the physique of songs that I’d recorded. And every thing began to pop, , and all three of the following single contenders we’ve bought proper now, I’m a author on all three of them.

AP: Does fatherhood seem as a theme on the brand new album?

URBAN: I’ve by no means written about that; it doesn’t converse to me from a writing standpoint fairly that approach, I feel, it’s in my spirit. I like songs about hope, wild longing, working by way of issues, and simply sheer, senseless enjoyable. At this stage there’s one tune that may most likely end the album, it is referred to as “Break the Chain,” and that’s most likely probably the most private tune, out of every thing.

AP: You are headed again to Vegas for a residency in November. What about that efficiency format speaks to you?

URBAN: There’s just a little bit extra intimacy that brings a unique connection, I feel, between me and the viewers. There’s additionally the manufacturing that you would be able to construct, that doesn’t must bodily be capable of get out and in of vans each night time, so it liberates potential for what we are able to design. That’s one massive plus for me.

After which there’s the problem each night time. You’ve bought a number of followers there, however you’ve additionally bought a number of simply curious folks, those who come to Vegas they usually’re like, “Okay, who’s on what’s on? What show should we go to?” It is the job of getting these folks to be part of this second. It takes me proper again to the membership days once you stroll out on stage, and nobody knew who you had been. Nobody might care much less that you simply’re the band taking part in within the nook, and also you’ve simply bought to seize everyone’s consideration. Vegas is just a little bit like that for me. It is thrilling.

AP: And I’ve to ask — there was a viral video you took on the Taylor Swift Eras tour the place you by accident caught Phoebe Bridgers and Bo Burnham kissing. Did you ever hear again from them?

URBAN: No, I by no means heard again from them. However sorry Phoebe? Sorry Bo? Query Marks? I felt horrible. Flawed place, incorrect time.

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