Keith Urban Praises Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn Ahead of All for the Hall

Keith Urban was just announced as a co-host of this year’s All for the Hall, once again working alongside Vince Gill to help raise money for educational programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The theme of this year’s show is “The Song Remembers When,” with each artist performing a song that has a particularly special memory for them, along with one of their own hits.

Ahead of the event, which will take place on Tuesday, December 5, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Urban praised two of the evening’s performers,  Trisha Yearwood and Brooks & Dunn, by performing snippets of one of each of their own career-defining songs.

“Our theme for this year’s All For The Hall is ‘The Song Remembers When’ – a song written by Hugh Prestwood and recorded by the incomparable [Trisha Yearwood],” Urban tweeted, showing a clip of him performing “The Song Remembers When.”

Songs bring back so many memories for all of us, fans and artists alike, so I thought it would be great to hear what our special guests choose and for them to share inside stories we’ve never heard before on December 5th at Bridgestone,” he added.

Yearwood responded, calling Urban a “class act,” and saying she couldn’t wait to perform as part of the star-studded show.

Urban also praised Brooks & Dunn, who invited him to serve as their opening act on the duo’s Neon Circus & Wild West Show in 2001, long before Urban had much success in country music.

“These guys took me out on the road even before I had a record deal, and coming up next month I get to have the extraordinary full circle moment of being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Kix,” Urban said, sharing a clip of him performing “Brand New Man.” “I’m so thrilled to have the legendary [Brooks & Dunn] at All For The Hall this year!”

Urban will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 15, along with  Kix Brooks, David Lee Murphy, Casey Beathard, Rafe Van Hoy and the late John Jarrard.

“To be recognized as a writer is extraordinary, because I’ve always loved songwriting,” Urban tells the Associated Press. “When I started really writing poetry in school, and I started writing songs just out of a desire to not be stuck, always singing somebody else’s song, playing in cover bands, and realizing “This is going nowhere for me. I want to write my own songs.”

Tickets for All for the Hall will be available beginning on Friday, September 15 at 10:00 AM CT, via