Keith Urban's' father, Robert "Bob" Urban, died on December 5, 2015, when the singer was in the midst of working on Ripcord
. "Don Williams records, I grew up listening to because of my dad," Urban told The Boot
"My dad's stereo - that's the first thing I think of, is that kind of strong downbeat, backbeat and little in-between rhythmic thing that is very, very Don Williams," he continued. "[It] really informed so much of how I play and how I rhythmically approach records."
Urban feels his father's influence is all over Ripcord
including this Steven Lee Olsen, Hillary Lindsey and Clint Lagerberg penned waltz-like ballad, which the singer produced with Dann Huff. "['Blue Ain't Your Color'] is a very, very stark, minimalistic way of recording, which really comes from those records that Don and Garth Fundis did," Urban explained. "And to go back now and listen to some of those — which I do pretty often, just to be reminded of how little you need on certain tracks."
"Don also had that attitude, too, like, the song is the picture, and the record is the frame. You've got to find the right frame, not too much and not too little, to make the picture really work," he added. "So for the songs that don't need much, like 'Blue Ain't Your Color,' my dad's record collection obviously has informed that a lot."