Recording last year in New York, Keith Urban pulled out his trusty ganjo — a six-string version of a banjo that's a hybrid with a guitar — and began to pick.
He was at a recording studio collaborating with veteran R&B disco musician, producer and songwriter Nile Rodgers, who had a typical response to Urban's playing of the instrument.
"When I pull it out of the case — and I know Nile had that reaction — people are always like, 'Really? You're going to pull out a six-string banjo?" Urban says and laughs, recalling the moment.
The country singer-songwriter was at a mixing board at the Hollywood recording studio where he was putting finishing touches on his...