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Stagecoach 2010: Keith Urban and the art of discretion

April 25, 2010 | 10:05 am


Four songs into Keith Urban's headlining set Saturday night at the Mane Stage, the New Zealand-born country star offered up "Stupid Boy," a track from his 2006 album "Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing" that took on new meaning after he checked himself into a rehab facility for backsliding on substance-abuse problems.

It was, and remains, a clever choice. The song was written by Sarah Buxton as a slice of empathy from one girlfriend to another. But tackling it from the male perspective, Urban turned it into a self-dialogue about a guy who ignores the great blessing of his relationship with a good woman, ultimately losing her by ignoring the unique gifts she brings to the table. (The song stirred thoughts of “Tiger Woods” but Urban, ever tactful, made no mention.)

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times