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Urban, Gill Talk About All For the Hall Benefit Concert

Jessica Phillips  |  August 31, 2009

During a press conference in Nashville, TN today, Keith Urban and museum Board President Vince Gill greeted a small crowd of journalists and fans at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater to discuss the upcoming special concert benefitting the Hall of Fame.

The highly anticipated concert will take place on October 13th at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN. Urban will open with a 1-hour solo set, and then will be joined by friends, including Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, and Dierks Bentley for a special evening of music. Other guests are slated to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

During the conference, the two friends and superstars shared their common love and support of country music's history and the need to preserve it, as well as some good natured humor.

"Country music has always been on a pendulum," said Urban. "It goes from very traditional to very pop and back again. We have to move country music forward, but we have to remember where it came from." Urban said.

Gill was grateful for Urban's involvement. "We are so grateful that you have chosen to give your heart to this project. It will give back to you 100 fold," he said to Keith. "I want to make an impact with this event, so I asked every artist to play for free. All vendors are also giving their proceeds to the cause."

Gill was not without his usual arsenal of witty banter. "At the end of Keith's concerts, beautiful women give him flowers and throw underwear onstage. At the end of my concerts, I get golf balls and cookies."

As the two prepared to play an acoustic duet of Urban's "Memories of Us," they were introduced as two of the finest guitar players and singers in the industry. Gill looked around and quipped, "Well, they're not here, so we are the best you could get for free." Urban pulled his own joke by tagging their duet with the verse "..and you are the apple of my eye," a line from Gill's Fruit of the Loom commericals, which cracked up the audience.

Mindful of the general economy, tickets have been set at $25.00. Tickets go onsale to the general public on Wednesday, September 2nd at 10:30am at Check out Urban's introduction to the show here: