Brett Eldredge on Keith Urban: ‘He’s Helped Me in a Huge Way’

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For a large part of the summer, Brett Eldredge has performed as part of Keith Urban’s Ripcord World Tour. The tour marks the second time Eldredge has been out on the road with the “Blue Ain’t Your Color” singer and the second go-around has been just as much fun.

“It’s awesome. This is my second time touring with Keith because the first time, we had so much fun and I just had one hit at that point, just getting started,” the Illinois native told Sounds Like Nashville recently. “He came back to us after a couple years of everything taking off. He was like, ‘We’d love to have you back out.’ There was no tour that could have been better.”

One of the most encouraging parts, says Eldredge, is that Urban lets him do his thing and wants the budding star to grow as an artist.

“The way he lets you be the artist you want to be and encourages that and encourages you to get up there and show your stuff, and also very open to bringing you in front of his fans up there on stage with him and sing with him every night and just really promote the artists that he tours with because he believes in them, and that’s what I want to do one day with my tours is help out others as well. He’s definitely helped me in a huge way,” he explained.

It’s no doubt that Eldredge is heading in the right direction as he’s claimed four No.1 hit songs since hitting the country music scene. But one of the most profound things is seeing those songs turn into the soundtracks of people’s lives.

“It’s really weird to write songs that might eventually change somebody’s life in some way, and that’s what I love about music is I can write a song that can help somebody through a heartbreak, I can write a song that will help somebody fall in love, I can write a song that makes somebody’s day and makes them feel better, or I can write a song that changes somebody’s life,” he explained.

“That’s why I love to write songs,” continued Eldredge. “When people use that song to get engaged in the crowd and all of a sudden I’m a part of that memory for the rest of their lives or one of my songs the first time walking down the aisle or whatever. I’ve been having that happen a lot with ‘Wanna Be That Song,’ my new single. That’s what that song is all about, those big moments in life and how they shape you and shape you in love and how I want to be that song for somebody. I want to be that feeling that you get when you turn on your favorite song. I want to be that, how special it is to you, and it’s been very special.”

Eldredge will take his life-changing music into the fall with Urban as they wrap the 2016 Ripcord World Tour, with other special guest Maren Morris.  See a list of remaining North American dates below…

October 6 – Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
October 8 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
October 13 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
October 14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
October 15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
October 21 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
October 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
October 27 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
October 28 – Rosemont, IL (Chicago) – Allstate Arena
October 29 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
November 4 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
November 5 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
November 11 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
November 12 – Bloomington, IL – U.S. Cellular Coliseum
November 13 – Youngstown, OH – The Covelli Centre
November 17 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
November 18 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
November 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center