Usually, Vince Gill and Keith Urban co-host the All for the Hall benefit concert whenever it is held in Nashville. But Gill was busy touring with the Eagles in early 2020, so Urban took over as the sole host.
The theme of the benefit was “Under the Influence.” After singing one of their own songs, each participating artist would then sing a cover to pay tribute to an artist who influenced them as a musician.
Urban got many of his famous friends to perform at the concert, which benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Some of the artists on the bill were Tanya Tucker, Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, and Blake Shelton.
Of course, Urban also performed during the benefit, which was held in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. After singing his own single, “Wasted Time,” Urban shared his rendition of a song from an artist who has influenced him throughout his career…Linda Ronstadt.
While Ronstadt is known first and foremost as a rock artist, she has impacted all genres of music. Her ties to country are strong, especially since she teamed up with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris for the highly successful Trio album.
— dsw (@wjsdcb) February 5, 2020
Although Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, she is yet to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. But she’s certainly a prime candidate for induction, as Urban’s All for the Hall performance shows how much she has influenced country music.
For his tribute, Urban opted to sing “Blue Bayou,” which many regard as Ronstadt’s signature song. It was not originally hers, as it was first recorded and released by Roy Orbison in 1963.
Ronstadt’s version followed in 1977, and became a sensation. It reached the second spot on the Billboard Country Singles chart while also claiming the third spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
Anyone who has heard “Blue Bayou” knows it’s not a simple song to pull off. But Urban was up to the challenge, and delivered a crowd-pleasing performance during the All for the Hall benefit concert.
Those who attended All for the Hall or watched videos of Urban’s “Blue Bayou” cover were quick to praise his performance. One Twitter user with the handle @ClaireHKU_Fan said it was “SO BEAUTIFUL!”
See that and other fan reactions to Urban’s “Blue Bayou” cover below.
— CLAIREHKU_FAN (@ClaireHKU_Fan) February 11, 2020
One other snippet last night if amazing singing. Loved @KeithUrban ‘s version of #lindaronstadt’s “Blue Bayou”. My mom used to sing this to me when I was small…brought back great memories. pic.twitter.com/Z6IADBnNxD
— 👒Sharon Murphy👒 (@sharonainvegas) February 11, 2020
Just listened to Keith’s Blue Bayou – the most beautiful voice – all those there were incredibly fortunate!
— BJ Gran (@BJGran1) February 12, 2020
See what all of the fuss is about when you watch Urban perform “Blue Bayou” in the included video. We love his rendition!