Keith Urban brings his ‘Raise ’Em Up’ tour to Darien - The Buffalo News

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Keith Urban brings his ‘Raise ’Em Up’ tour to Darien

Country music stars look different these days. Gone are the more haggard looks of Willie, Waylon and, well, Merle Haggard, and in are the trucker hats, 5 o’clock shadow and suntans of a never-ending succession of new Southern rockers. Take your pick through the list of CMT personalities and you’ll find that being able to wield a Gibson on songs about whiskey, women and America’s heartland just won’t cut it anymore. You’ve got to be talented – but it helps to have Tiger Beat looks, too.

Just ask Keith Urban. The “American Idol” heartthrob and New Zealand native is arguably the godfather of this model-meets-Mayberry movement, set to be on display at 7 p.m. Friday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center when his “Raise ’Em Up” tour (with Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge) rolls into town.

Tickets are $29.50 to $59.75 (

– Michael Farrell

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