26 October 1967, Whangarei, New Zealand. As a young child, the New Zealand-born Urban moved with his family to Australia. His parents liked American country and, as a young guitarist, he played country festivals from the age of 10. Nevertheless, he admits his guitar playing was influenced by two rock players, Mark Knopfler and Lindsey Buckingham. Urban released his self-titled debut for EMI Australia in 1991, and enjoyed four chart-topping country hits including I Never Work On A Sunday.
After a few visits to the USA, Urban emigrated in 1992, taking his drummer, Peter Clarke. The two men formed the Ranch with West Virginian Jerry Flowers. In 1997, the trio released a self-titled album on Capitol Records, and had some success with the single, Walkin The Country. They opened for several country stars and Urban was recruited to play guitar for Garth Brooks on Double Live and the Dixie Chicks on Fly. KU, as he is...
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