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Urban pulls "Ripchord" in May

Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Keith Urban said today he would release "Ripchord," his eighth studio disc, on May 6.

"Ripchord" already has yielded hit singles in "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ and "Break on Me."

"Ripcord is almost done - and it's been an exhilarating journey," Urban said. "Getting to work with so many new musicians and writers and co-producers has been a divine experience for me - and I can't wait for everyone to hear it."

"I've been in the studio this weekend feverously trying to get my record done, and we couldn't be in two places at once, unfortunately," he said, referring to his missing the Academy Awards with wife and actress Nicole Kidman.

"Yes, we're still working on that. She's got a couple of projects going on right now. One of them might clash. We're working hard to have us both be able to go," he said of the upcoming Academy of Country Music awards.

Urban starts his Ripchord World Tour 2106 on June 2 with Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris opening.

"I'm seriously chomping at the bit to kick off this tour," Urban said. "We'll be playing a lot of new music from 'Ripcord,' all new production, new cities where we've never played ... and Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris? It's gonna be potent and unbridled."

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Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
Fuse CD review - Fuse
Keith Urban will keep his superstar status intact with the lengthy "Fuse." The upbeat, commercial- and fan-friendly music and singing from Urban will ensure that. This is pretty much vintage Urban. That means Urban's not very high on the country quotient. What sounds like a guitar on the rocking Good Thing and the somewhat swampy Red Camaro, for example, is Mike Elizondo's programming. Yes, there's gango (six-stringed banjo with guitar neck) sprinkled in many songs, but »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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