Keith Urban Hops on the Banjo & Covers Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road"
By Taylor Fields
April 15, 2019
It's the song that is sweeping the nation. And is it country? Is not not? No matter what genre you think Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" is, one fact remains clear: it's a bop. And the latest star to share their affinity for the viral hit is none other than country superstar Keith Urban.
Urban, who recently won Entertainer of the Year during this year's ACM Awards, took to social media to share his cover of "Old Town Road," and it's the cover you never knew you needed. With only a banjo, Urban brings the country feel in the song right out as he sings all of the lyrics.
And Lil Nas X approves because once he caught wind of Urban's cover, he shared the video on Twitter and wrote along with it "amazing fr."
Lil Nas X first shared "Old Town Road" late last year and it blew up on popular app Tik Tok. The song has since continued to gain momentum with Billy Ray Cyrus even hopping on board for an official remix of the track. X recently explained the full story behind the song to Genius. He said:
"I dropped out of school and I started to do music. I started to live with my sister because I didn't want to go back home because my parents was not gonna be having that. For one, they feel like music is not a realistic future for anybody. I was living with my sister, and she was ready for me to go, basically. It started off as this loner cowboy kind of vibe. It's like running away from everything, basically. I found the beat in late October on YouTube and released the song early December. It was gonna be a serious kind of song with country influence, of course. A lot of my music before 'Old Town Road,' I was just trying to make music I thought everybody wanted. I changed the meaning of it later on down the road from a runaways type of story to 'Old Town Road' being a symbol for a path of success, where you’re just staying on it. The horse, me not having too much to work with, but getting to where you’re trying to go. It's like, 'I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road.' In the first verse, you're getting everything packed up and ready to go. In the second verse, you're in that lane now where everything's going right. In the chorus, the, 'Can't nobody tell me nothin,' it was like a jab to my parents in a way. Wanting me to not really stop doing music, but to get back into school. It's like, 'Can’t nobody tell me nothin'.'"
Listen to Keith Urban's cover of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" above.