Keith Urban’s “Coming Home,” featuring Julia Michaels, has entered the top of the Mediabase Country chart this week, marking Keith’s 24th trip to No. 1. The song, which he co-wrote with Julia, as well as J.R. Rotem, Nicolle Galyon and the late Merle Haggard, is the first chart-topper from his latest album, Graffiti U. Keith wrote “Coming Home” based on a guitar lick he loved from Merle Haggard‘s 1968 No. 1 hit, “Mama Tried.”
“I wanted to write something from that famous guitar lick in that song, and we took it from Haggard’s record, sort of manipulated it a little bit and put some new chords around it and wrote this music track,” says Keith. “What became the chorus was almost stream of conscious when I was listening to the track. I just wrote ‘There’s a place that I know where they all know me/I gotta get back now to the ones who love me/wrap myself around you/never let you go/there’s nothing in the world that feels like Coming Home.’ And it all just came out, and that’s what Merle’s guitar lick made me feel, so it was a very important part of the song.”
Keith takes his Graffiti U World Tour to Cleveland, Ohio on Friday (August 10th), followed by a show in Bristow, Virginia on Saturday (August 11th) and Virginia Beach on Sunday (August 12th).