Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2005 Keith Urban began a three-night stand at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium?

It's true! The encore included a surprise appearance by Kenny Chesney, who joined him in a laughter-filled cover of Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried"!

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Keith Urban.

  • He began playing a ukulele at age 3, guitar at 6 and was winning country-music talent shows by 8.
  • He moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992 and formed the three-man band the Ranch before developing his solo career.
  • He posed naked with his guitar in the April 2001 issue of Playgirl magazine.
  • He performed in Philadelphia in July 2005 for the U.S. leg of the Live 8 concerts in support of African debt relief.
  • His is the first artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon Award (2001), Male Vocalist of the Year (2004, 2005) and Entertainer of the Year (2005).