Song of the Week: Keith Urban on three Johns

June 9, 2015 12:02 PM

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A quintessentially American song from the Australian country singer, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 catalogs cultural touchstones from Mark Twain and Gibson guitars to TV dinners and Kris Kristofferson's Sunday Morning Coming Down. As he builds from a record scratch and a bass riff to its massively catchy sing-along chorus, Urban consciously taps into the unique combination of pop music, rural life and Christianity that has fueled country music from the day of the Carter Family until now.

Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Josh Osborne, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 is the first single from Urban's next album, expected later this year. Urban will perform the song during Wednesday's CMT Music Awards (CMT, 8 p.m. ET).

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