He is, almost without question, the biggest country music star to ever come out of New Zealand.
Keith Urban was an almost immediate success when he started releasing solo albums in the United States in 1999. He hit the top of the charts with a single from that album, “There but for the Grace of God,” and he’s only become bigger and more popular in the 17 years since. Bradenton residents who don’t follow country music will remember him as the judge who struck a balance between Harry Connick Jr.’s criticism and Jennifer Lopez’s gushing when local singer Sam Woolf was on “American Idol.”
Urban will be in the area on Friday, when he brings his RipCord tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
The supporting acts are Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris.
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Eldredge has had a string of hits, including “Drunk on Your Love” and “Lose Your Mind.”
Morris had a handful of albums that didn’t do too much, but she hit the big time last year with her No. 1 album “Hero” and her No. 1 single “My Church.”