The follow-up to 2013’s genre-jumping Fuse, Ripcord has been in the works for some time, with Urban slowly leaking new information about the record over the past five months. First came the kickoff single “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” which found Urban putting down the electric guitar and, instead, driving the tune forward with a bass-heavy groove. Next came the news that Nile Rodgers, award-winning guitarist and co-founder of the disco band Chic, was somehow involved in the project. The two recently performed together during Rodgers’ FOLD Festival and are reportedly spending a good chunk of time in the recording studio, a potential indicator that Ripcord, like Fuse, widens Urban’s sound far beyond his country roots.
Urban, who will perform with John Mellecamp at next week’s CMA Awards, hasn’t unveiled any further details for Ripcord. There’s no release date, no tracklist and no official producer. Fans can look for future clues on the singer’s Twitter account, though, where an October 24th post reading, “Ripcord – KU,” effectively gave away the album’s title before the official announcement.