Watch Keith Urban Sing a Stripped-Down Version of ‘The Fighter’ at CRS 2017
Keith Urban treated attendees of the 2017 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville to an intimate performance on Wednesday night (Feb. 22), offering stripped-down versions of some of the songs on his newest album, Ripcord. One of the tracks he performed was his newest single, "The Fighter;" solo, the duet with Carrie Underwood turns into a tender love song.
Readers can press play above to watch a snippet of Urban's acoustic version of "The Fighter," performed alone on electric guitar. Rather than replace Underwood's chorus lines, Urban keeps the song one-sided -- a message, rather than a conversation.
Urban has previously said that "The Fighter" came to him “pretty quickly,” and that he was inspired by “thinking about how long it’d been since I heard a song with a guy and girl actually speaking back and forth to each other.”
“It’s a song about helping to heal and protect someone you love. It’s a song about reassurance that you’ll always be there to take the blows the world can throw,” Urban adds. “Carrie and I had sung together before, and I thought our voices blended really well — so she was unquestionably the right choice. It was such a relief that she wanted to do it.”
During his CRS performance, Urban also shared versions of "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," "Wasted Time" and "Blue Ain't Your Color."
The 2017 Country Radio Seminar runs through Friday (Feb. 24).
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