Keith Urban Opens Up On How His Drinking Affected His Potential


Keith Urban has been sober for 12 years. So somebody, at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas asked how that’s influenced how he interacts with the audience.

He started with “I’m just alcoholically wired” , and then added, “Yes, I wasn’t at my full potential and I was living a small life.  My life was getting smaller and smaller and that’s how I kept it manageable.  [Getting sober] has freed me up creatively.”

One more thing:  Keith’s new song with pop singer Julia Michaels is called “Coming Home“.  If you recognize the guitar riff from Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried“, don’t get your underwear in a bunch.  He got approval.

“I called Theresa Haggard and Ben Haggard to play them what we’d been working on.  It was important to me to have their blessing…and I’m so grateful that they love the song.”

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