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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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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 »»»
Get Closer CD review - Get Closer
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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: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts – Brandi Carlile, dressed festively with a Santa hat, began her mid-week concert set with Joni Mitchell's "River" and closed with the carol "O Holy Night." In between, she sang about an equal measure of old and new songs. And on this first night of a short acoustic tour, Carlile was both in fine spirits and voice.... »»»
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