Keith Urban is glad to see more American country stars take their music overseas. He says he's proof that there are country music fans all across the globe. Keith adds that such stars as Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson have a strong international following, and he suspects there are more Don Williams fans in other countries than in the U.S.
In recent years country artists have been traveling beyond the North American border to perform. Taylor Swift toured internationally behind her CDs "Fearless," and she's taking her trek this year to 19 different countries. Last year Lady Antebellum performed in the UK for the first time. In 2009 Toby Keith and Sugarland made their European debuts, and Alan Jackson gave his first-ever performances in Scandinavia. Since 2008 Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, and Jack Ingram have all made their first treks to Australia. Alan Jackson is scheduled to launch his inaugural tour "down under" with a show in Melbourne this Friday.