That new fan would be me.
Urban was the featured pre-race act recently at the Daytona 500. I read a story in the Orlando Sentinel on his press conference on one of their blogs, NASCAR Nuts and Bolts, and it had a link for audio of the press conference.
To me, he seemed to have a great personality and displayed natural talent by singing to open the press conference and to close it. Plus, ladies and gentlemen, he sang well. That counts for something in these days of over-produced, little talent, music stars. If you've never heard him, check it out for yourself:
Sister Golden Hair Surprise? Fantastic! Sweet Thing? Very nice! After listening to the online mp3, I immediately eMailed one of my older sisters. She's a huge country music fan for years and years now. Natually, she was overjoyed to see me appreciate Urban's obvious talent.
Clearly, his Hootie and the Blowfish days will not be it for Darius. This Carolinian has a great future ahead of him and I was pleased to see he sang the national anthem on opening day when the Carolina Gamecocks played their first game in their new stadium.