Keith Urban has released a new acoustic version of his current single ‘We Were.’ In keeping with the current trend for unplugged renditions of country hits, he shared the track today (2) ahead of his performance of the song that will appear as part of the TV special from the recent CMA Fest in Nashville, which airs on Sunday.
Urban announced the impending arrival of the new version two days ago on social media, with the caption “#WeWere Acoustic • 8.2.19.” The original recording of the track, co-written by fellow country royalty Eric Church, is stationary at No. 18 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for the week of 3 August. It climbs 23-22 on Hot Country Songs for the same week, in its 11th week.
Urban recorded the track completely unaware of Church’s involvement in it. “It got sent to me, not by Eric, but by someone who finds songs for me,” Urban told Bobby Bones on iHeartRadio. “I didn’t know he was a writer, which was really cool, because it wasn’t until we recorded the song, it was all done, and I found out after the fact.
I found out and I called Eric, and I was like, ‘Dude, I just cut this song.’ He was thrilled. I said, ‘I had no idea that you were a writer on it.’ He said, ‘Well that’s even better, because it means you really loved the song,'” he added. “I do. I really love the song.”
Church told his label: “That was the coolest thing for me. I didn’t send Keith the song and say, ‘Here’s a song I wrote.’ He found it, and honestly, it fits him more than it fits me. There’s a line in there about ‘two heartbeats in the moonlight in leather jackets on a back of a Harley.’ I don’t ride a Harley.
“That’s a line, call it poetic licence. That’s where it came from. He and Nicole [Kidman] used to do that when they first started dating, and they were touring. They would jump on his Harley and they would put on their leather jackets and they’d go ride up in the countryside before the show.
“It was perfect that he’s the guy that did that and did it better than I could have done it,” Church added. “I love hearing it on the radio. It’s fun for me. I came to this town to be a songwriter, so for me, I’m not sure if that’s not as proud as I’ve been as when you get a song cut by somebody else and then it becomes a hit.”
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