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Keith Urban with special guest Frankie Ballard

Saturday July 22 2017!

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     Track (Standing Room Only): $55
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Keith Urban Image #1There’s no looking back for Keith Urban. One of music’s most innovative, progressive artists, his creativity only moves forward, as the four-time Grammy winner discovered for himself when he started on Ripcord, his eighth studio album.

After collaborating with a sweeping crop of writers and producers for 2013’s Fuse, and its resulting four No. 1 hits, the renowned guitarist figured his next project would be much easier, because, as he reasons, “I’d already done the research and development” with Fuse’s challenging birth.

He was wrong. His desire to expand on what he’s done previously —as a songwriter, producer, singer and guitarist— and to create something entirely new and groundbreaking led him to reach out to people he’d never worked with before and, as he puts it, “wander off into the forest again” to create songs that felt “bristling and alive.”

With no time constraints, Urban followed his muse on Ripcord, taking a journey beyond his wildest dreams. From appearances by Grammy Award-winning artists Carrie Underwood and Pitbull to a who’s who of new and returning producers, musicians and songwriters, including Nile Rodgers, Jeff Bhasker, Dann Huff, Nathan Chapman, K-Kov, busbee, Shane McAnally, Pino Paladino, and Matt Chamberlain, it’s no surprise that Urban calls Ripcord his most exhilarating album yet.

“I felt this rolling energy working on these songs unlike anything before,” Urban says. “This sort of musical experimentation and liberation of not feeling confined to anything.”

Keith Urban Image #2 Such experimentation has been the hallmark of Urban’s career. Ever since 2002’s “Somebody Like You” arrived like a blast across the bow with its inventive combination of drum programming and Ganjo (a six-string banjo), Urban has been stirring up country music with his sonic sensibilities that never chase fads.

Surely the only artist to have a drum machine that he programmed, to be included in his Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, Urban handpicked each of his collaborators and co-producers for Ripcord as he executed his clear vision to build upon his unique musical template.

Urban cast the album like a director would cast a movie: picking Rodgers (Chic, Daft Punk, David Bowie) for his extraordinary way with a groove. Of their first meeting, Urban says, “He had his famous Strat with him, and I had my Ganjo. He threw up a little groove and started playing, and I thought this is going to marry up perfectly with what I do.” Similarly, Urban sought out Bhasker because he admired the sounds he’d gotten through his work with artists like Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.

Keith Urban Image #4A sense of vitality ripple through the pulsating, Ganjo-fueled current single, “Wasted Time,” irresistibly joyous “Sun Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Pitbull; and the sexy, upbeat call-and-response of “The Fighter,” with Underwood, as well as on “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me,” Urban’s 19th and 20th No. 1s.

Relentlessly curious, Urban found himself turned on by sounds he heard from across a wide musical spectrum. For example, after hearing the doubling effect on Rihanna’s voice on “American Oxygen,” he tried the same technique for his vocal on “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” “I’m Shazaming stuff all the time. I’m like a Shazam addict,” he says, with a laugh. “It’s insane, but it’s expanded my musical palette to draw from exponentially.”

For the several songs he co-wrote on Ripcord, Urban started with the beat. “The drum machine and Ganjo are the foundation of what I do,” he says. “Even a ballad will be rhythmic. The feel is everything,” he says.

Urban would turn to writing the lyrics only after he established the melody. “The music is trying to say something and so I draw the story out of the music,” he says. “I haven’t scratched out a bunch of lyrics and then I’m shoving them onto a piece of music that I like. I don’t think I’ve ever written that way.”

Lyrically, many of the songs, including album opener “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today),” “Boy Gets A Truck,” and “Wasted Time,” deal with the passage of time, a recurring theme in Urban’s work.

Keith Urban Image #3 “I’ve been very aware of that since I wrote [2004’s] ‘Days Go By.’ That was the first song that really talked about that it all goes by really quickly,” he says. “It got amplified with the passing of my father last year, and then some friends of mine passing as well.”

Others, such as “Habit of You,” “Gettin’ In The Way,” and “Your Body,” deal with affairs of the heart and the idea of a lover as refuge.

Between the songs he wrote and collected, Urban ended up with 25 tunes for Ripcord. “I’d never had that many before, but as the experimentation continued, I was working with lots of different people,” he says. Cutting the album down to 13 songs “was really hard for me as I started to try and make a cohesive record.”

Since its release in spring 2016, Ripcord has been a hit-making machine, producing three No. 1 singles – the Grammy nominated “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”, “Break On Me”, and “Wasted Time”, which stayed atop the charts for two weeks and became Urban’s 21st No. 1 record. Ripcord’s fourth single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, is now being played on country radio and is undoubtedly headed towards yet another top position.

Absolutely amazing the first time around, and EVEN BETTER the second! Keith Urban and special guest Frankie Ballard on Saturday July 22 at the 2017 Great Jones County Fair!

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