Keith Urban Reflects on ‘Surreal’ Experience Recording With Barry Gibb

Keith Urban is one of the singers featured on Barry Gibb‘s recent duets album, Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1. Urban, who joins Gibb on the track “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You,” recently sat down with both Gibb and the record’s producer, Dave Cobb, for Apple Music, to talk about how important that collaboration was to him.

“For me and my family, I don’t know why we didn’t have any Beatles records, but we didn’t have any Beatles records in our house growing up,” Urban said in a clip shared on social media. “My parents just weren’t that into them, enough to have records. But we had Bee Gees albums. And so you  were my Beatles. Singing this song with one of the writers, and one of the performers, was crazy.

“It’s pretty surreal,” he continued. “I mean, I can act all cool around you, Barry Gibb, but good God, man, you’re Barry Gibb. It was incredible. It was incredible. And I love that we got to do it side by side in the studio, which is so Dave Cobb.”

Urban is one of numerous superstars on Greenfields, including Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and more.

“It’s all of the people I dreamed of working with in country music, produced by a living legend, Dave Cobb. It just made my dream come true,” Gibb said of the project.

“When I saw all of these different artists, I thought that they had to have experienced the same thing, in their own way and in their own lifetime. I tried to choose all of the people that I admired the most. They’re just songs you love, and it’s songs you’ve already known for 35 or 40 years,” he continued. “Our songs have always had a little streak of country in them, but a great song doesn’t mean anything, unless it’s a great record. There are no formulas. I just wanted it to reflect emotion, light, color.”

Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1 is out now, and available for purchase here.*

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