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That’s the experience some of country music’s top stars will have at the All For The Hall benefit concert at the Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night. Urban and Gill, as musical directors for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum fundraiser, have merged their bands and are sitting in all night.
“It would be awesome if we could keep it this way forever,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild said after rehearsals Monday afternoon.
“I don’t think we could afford it,” bandmate Kimberly Schlapman said. “But it is amazing to be up front singing and turn around and there’s Keith Urban and Vince Gill. I’m like, `Yeah, I’m impressed with myself.” Kimberly
“It makes you feel important, doesn’t it?” Fairchild asked.
“I love playing,” Gill said. “I like being invited to play. I like it when people think enough of my playing to invite me to play. … You never grow tired of that.”
The first two All For The Hall benefits raised about $1 million and this year’s installment sold out in a day.
The theme for the fundraiser is duos, vocal groups and bands and the lineup includes Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies, Alabama, Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Band Perry and Thompson Square. Urban also said at rehearsals he promises a couple of surprise guests.
“Both titans, definitely,” Urban said. “They definitely fit the description of legends and nobody will have an issue with these two guys breaking the criteria this year.”
This will be one of his fans’ first chances to see Urban perform since vocal surgery late last year to remove a polyp and a nodule from his vocal cords. He’s performed a few times and put his voice through a workout with a 90-minute performance recently at the Houston Rodeo.
In a phone interview last week, Urban said he was worried he might lose some of his singing ability. But the Australian country music star actually emerged with benefits he never imagined.
“I think if a footballer in their 40s was given their knees back like they were in their early 20s, that’s kind of how I feel right now,” Urban said. “It’s an extraordinary feeling of freedom.”
Urban says he had issues with his vocal cords for years, but they were never serious enough to address. When a polyp developed, though, he began to have troubles with his voice. He had to push hard to reach the notes he used to hit even just a few years ago and he began to lose his falsetto, a key ingredient in his best songs.
All that changed after the surgery and Urban has been working with a vocal coach to strengthen his voice.
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