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For the past couple of years, Kip Moore has spent most of his time on the road, building one of country music’s most loyal audiences show by show and plotting what would become his sophomore album, Wild Ones. He was a road warrior, living out of a tour bus with his bandmates and playing more than 200 shows per year.  For a songwriter who’d grown up in a quiet pocket of southern Georgia, performing to crowds across the world — crowds that knew every word to his best-selling debut album, Up All Night — felt like a dream come true.

Somewhere along the way, though, the highway became a lonely place. The routine was always the same: pull into town, play a show, pack up and leave. There was no stability, no comfort. Things weren’t much easier at home in Nashville, where Moore —whose first album had sent three songs to the top of the country charts, including “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl” —found himself receiving plenty of unsolicited advice from people who wanted to keep the hits coming…at any cost.

“Once you start having a little bit of success,” he says, “all of a sudden, there’s a lot of opinions about who you should be, what you should be doing, how it should be marketed. A lot of those opinions are great, but Wild Ones was influenced by me saying, ‘This is just who I am. I’m not gonna do what other people are doing. I’m not chasing a trend. I’m gonna do the kind of music I wanna do, and the kind of music I think my fans wanna hear, and that’s the end of the story.'”

From amphitheater tours with Dierks Bentley to his own headlining tours across America, Moore has spent the last three years learning what, exactly, his fans want to hear. He’s a genuine road warrior, armed with a live show that mixes the bombast and wild desperation of Bruce Springsteen with the rootsy stomp of Merle Haggard. It’s a sound built on space and swagger. A sound that bangs as hard as it twangs. A sound caught somewhere between blue-collar country music and stadium-sized rock & roll. And that’s the sound that Moore’s fans, who’ve already catapulted him to PLATINUM-selling heights, want to hear.

When it came time to create new music for his second album, Wild Ones, Moore didn’t have to look very far for inspiration. He just took a look around, taking stock of the world as it flew by his bus window at highway speed.

“Everything that’s taken place over the last two years —this traveling circus, these shows, the band, the toll that the road can take on you but also the exuberance it can bring —it all inspired the record,” he explains. “It’s a record about what we’ve gone through, and I wanted the music to match the intensity of what we do every night onstage. We never go through the motions, no matter how tired and exhausted we are.”

Moore wrote or co-wrote all of Wild Ones‘ thirteen tracks, often teaming up with songwriters like Dan Couch or Weston Davis. More than a few songs were born on the road, where Moore found himself coming up with new ones during soundchecks, inside backstage dressing rooms, and in his bunk at night. He’d arrange the songs, too, coming up with bass parts, guitar licks and drum patterns in addition to the melodies. Sometimes, he’d write some lyrics, scrap them, then write a completely different set. The emphasis wasn’t on creating the largest catalog of songs in the shortest time possible; it was on funneling the feeling of a Kip Moore concert into a single album, no matter how much time it took.

Driven forward by electric guitars and gang vocals, “Lipstick” is the album’s most heartfelt tribute to the road, with each verse rattling off a list of the favorite cities Moore and his bandmates have played in the past. Other songs, like “That Was Us,” take a look backward, sketching a picture of the archetypal small-town Saturday nights that filled Moore’s teenage years in Georgia. “Magic,” anchored by one of the anthemic, open-armed choruses of Moore’s career, is loud and lovely, and “Comeback Kid” packs its punch the opposite way: by dialing back the volume and delivering quiet praise to the underdog in all of us.

Befitting an album that was largely inspired by —and written on — the road, Moore recorded Wild Ones during quick breaks in his touring schedule. He’d book one or two days of studio time, then hit the road for three months, then return to Nashville and book more sessions. Gradually, the album started to take shape. Brett James, his longtime friend and ally, co-produced the project.

“We created a lot of space in this record,” Moore says proudly. “It’s not a bunch of people playing all over the place. We tracked a lot of the record with just a three-piece band. If you go to most Nashville recording sessions, there’s gonna be six or seven people in the room. But we recorded this one with less people, just to allow the fans to actually listen to what’s going on. It makes everything sound bigger.”

“Big.” Perhaps that’s the best description for Wild Ones, a super-sized record inspired by the grit, grind, and glamour of the live shows that have helped make Moore a country favorite. For Moore, going big was the only option.

“I’ve always felt like the guy whose cards are stacked against him,” he says. “I’ve always been the underdog, but I also say, ‘You can count me out for a minute, but don’t think I’ll stay down for very long.’”

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KIP MOORE DOCUMENTS HIS JOURNEY LEADING UP TO HIS NEW ALBUM ‘SLOWHEART.’

Kip Moore has created a documentary with one of his best friends (video director PJ Brown) to detail the months he took off to travel the world, as well as the process of making his new album. The Journey to Slowheart begins with footage in his hometown at his mother’s house in Georgia. He drives around the town reminiscing on the good times with his parents and siblings. It is apparent that there are several key people in his life that have really had an influence on him and his views. He talks about his sister and “biggest hero” who was paralyzed from the waist down after a bad car accident when she was in high school. She describes Kip as being the most “caring brother who would do anything to help her.” He talks about his father, who passed away about 5 years ago and the heartbreak that goes along with that. He also talks about a man he met in Cancun, who has cancer, but he does not let that stop him.

It wasn’t his idea to have cameras follow him 24/7, but he soon realized what a special journey he was on and embraced the idea. “PJ knew where I was at mentally. He knew the exhaustion that I had been dealing with, so when I decided to check out, he was like, ‘I want to come with you and I want to document where you are in the beginning of this journey, where you’re at the end of it and what comes about after it.’ So, he followed all of our travels and watching me just kind of evolve through those four months and come out of it and come back in the studio and finish the second half of this record,” says Kip. “So, we just felt like it was a crucial time. We knew that when I got done with those travels I was going to be trying to go back in and finish this record that I’d started on. So, I mean, I think he just wanted to capture what happened between the beginning of it and the end of it, and it wasn’t my idea; it was his, but once we got going, I could see that something pretty special was happening, so I’m glad we were able to capture it.”

He decided to take a break from touring to see the world and for self-exploration. He traveled to Hawaii, Cancun, and Iceland. He traveled to Iceland with one of his best friends that he met in Nashville when he first moved there. Traveling gave Kip a new perspective on life and allowed him to recharge.

Kip is scaling the country charts with “More Girls Like You,” which is from his new album, Slowheart, available September 8th.

Audio / Kip Moore talks about the documentary, The Journey to Slowheart.

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Kip Moore (journey documented) OC: …capture it. :59
“PJ knew how long I had been in the process of making this record. PJ knew where I was at mentally. He knew the exhaustion that I had been dealing with, so when I decided to check out, he was like, ‘I want to come with you and I want to document where you are in the beginning of this journey, where you’re at the end of it and what comes about after it.’ So, he followed all of our travels and watching me just kind of evolve through those four months and come out of it and come back in the studio and finish the second half of this record. So, we just felt like it was a crucial time. We knew that when I got done with those travels I was going to be trying to go back in and finish this record that I’d started on. So, I mean, I think he just wanted to capture what happened between the beginning of it and the end of it, and it wasn’t my idea. It was his, but once we got going, I could see that something pretty special was happening, so I’m glad we were able to capture it.”

 

KIP MOORE TEAMS UP WITH INTERNATIONAL SKATEBOARD CHAMPION TONY HAWK.

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Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore has teamed up with international skateboarding champion Tony Hawk, announcing MUSIC CITY SKATE JAM PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON,” set to take place at Music City Walk Of Fame Park in Nashville September 10th.  With a shared outlook running through Moore’s “Kip’s Kids Fund” and Hawk’s “Tony Hawk Foundation” with the goal of benefiting and empowering youth, the family-friendly event will raise funds for both initiatives. The fun-stacked day will also offer a skate demo by Hawk as well as performances by red-hot newcomer Jordan Davis, Dee Jay Silver keeping the party going and will close out with a set by Moore. Tickets are available now here, and media interested in covering the event should reach out to: courtney@thegreenroompr.com.
“I think what’s always driven me at my core, throughout my career, was to one day have the capability to make a major impact in inner cities around the country,” said Moore. “I was never a true skater, but always admired the brotherhood of the skating community. Having a chance to team up with a guy like Tony, who’s so respected for all he does, is beyond what I could’ve imagined. I’m super stoked to combine what we do, as we both share similar visions.”
“The Music City Skate Jam is the first event of its kind, bringing skateboarding and country music together,” said Hawk. “I’m excited to show Nashville an unprecedented display of talent, including some of the world’s best skaters and Kip Moore himself.”
“Harley-Davidson has always been passionate about supporting programs that benefit our nation’s youth,” said James Newton, Head of US Events for Harley-Davidson. “Partnering with Kip’s Kids Fund and Tony Hawk Foundation on this unique event was a perfect fit.”

About Kip Moore And “Kip’s Kids Fund:”
Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore recently announced that his upcoming third studio album on MCA Nashville, SLOWHEART will be released on Sept. 8. Co-written by Moore, his current Top 15 single and the lead track “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career so far and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weeklydeclaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” The release of “More Girls Like You” follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was certified GOLD by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. Moore’s “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” raising funds for “Kip’s Kids Fund” was born as a passion project, with the goal of finding an outlet to showcase Moore’s love for the alternative sports lifestyle, and his desire to help inner city children. Phase one cities of the project included building and developing skateparks in Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; San Marcos, TX; Cincinnati, OH and Annapolis, MD. The “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” is the first initiative of “Kip’s Kids Fund,” a donor-advised fund through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) focused on youth and teens. As a result, the “Kip’s Kid Fund” provides alternative outlets for youth to engage in healthy habits and physical activities like skateboarding, in addition to the traditional sports offerings where they live. For more information visit: http://www.kipmoore.net. 
 
About Tony Hawk Foundation:
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding. Domestically, the foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.7-million to 588 communities in all 50 states. The foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks. The foundation’s International Program has provided financial and technical support to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org). The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

Audio / Kip Moore explains what he most admires about skateboarding icon Tony Hawk.

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Kip Moore (Tony Hawk) OC: …the same. :33
“It’s not so much is what amazing athlete Tony Hawk’s been, but the person he’s been when you’ve watched all of his philanthropy work and who he’s been as a human being, as a dad and a husband. I look up to who the human Tony Hawk is. So, yeah, we share the same passions as far as wanting to do something powerful you know in the inner-city. So, I just felt like he was the guy to team up with, and I’m humbled that he wants to do the same.”

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KIP MOORE ANNOUNCES HIS PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DRAKE WHITE AND JORDAN DAVIS.

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Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore announced today that he will hit the road this fall for his headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR, kicking off on Oct0ber 19th in Bowling Green, OH.  Moore, who has trail-blazed his own path with his reputation-making live show, also revealed a stacked lineup announcing that Drake White and Jordan Davis will join him on the dates. Tickets for the must-see tour will go on sale on Aug. 18 at 10am CT here.
“Our live show has been such a focus for me and the band for many years,” said Moore. “We are constantly woodshedding and trying to come up with new ways to engage the loyal fan base we’ve developed such a bond with. I’ve always felt Drake is cut from the same cloth and his focus has always seemed to be on the things that matter. We’ve been talking about touring for years and we’re finally going to get that chance. It’ll be a blast to see what we come up with, and also see Jordan Davis build his fan base out here with us.”
Moore is also currently gearing up for the release of his highly-anticipated third studio album SLOWHEART (Sept. 8) available for pre-order now, and exclusively premiered the futuristic and concept-driven music video for “The Bull” on Billboard, available to watch here. The exclusive debut today marks the first track Moore has shared from the upcoming release, revered by Rolling Stone as a “leave-it-on-the table LP,” in addition to his current Top 15 single, “More Girls Like You.”

PLEAD THE FIFTH Tour Dates:

10/19 Bowling Green, OH  
10/20 Elkhart, IN
10/21 Niagara Falls, ON
10/26 Pittsburgh, PA
10/27 Grand Rapids, MI
11/2 Madison, WI
11/3 Indianapolis, IN
11/4 Detroit, MI
11/15 Clive, IA 
11/16 Wichita, KS
11/17 Austin, TX
11/18 Fort Worth, TX  
11/30 Norfolk, VA
12/1 Northfield, OH
12/2 Columbus, OH
ABOUT KIP MOORE:
Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore’s upcoming third studio album on MCA Nashville, SLOWHEART will be released on Sept. 8.  Having navigated the path from the staggering success of the release of his smash-hit and recently certified PLATINUM debut album UP ALL NIGHT which also spawned three No. One hit singles, to the resounding critical acclaim that followed with his sophomore offering, WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian, Moore has hit his stride with SLOWHEART. He co-wrote 11 out of 13 tracks, and was the sole producer on seven of the tracks, as well as co-producing five more on the collection that is “between the rough edges of Americana, rock and the evocative storytelling of country, produced to let every guitar lick ring true and every edge and wail of Moore’s voice reverberate raw but strong” (Rolling Stone). Co-written by Moore, his current Top 15 single “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career so far and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weeklydeclaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” Following an extended break, Moore is back out on the road playing some of country music’s biggest festivals this year, as well as his recently announced headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR kicking off on 10/19 and  headlining dates in U.K this fall stopping in Birmingham, UK (10/2), Manchester, UK (10/3), Glasgow, UK (10/4) and culminating in a special show as part of Country Music Week in London, UK at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 10/6. Moore will also return to Ireland later this summer for Harvest 2017, stopping in Westport, IE (8/26) and Enniskillen, IE (8/27.) For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit kipmoore.net.

Audio / Kip Moore talks about his Plead the Fifth Tour.

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Kip Moore (Plead the Fifth Tour) OC: …a whole lot. :19
“We’re gonna do a fall tour. I’m taking out Drake White. That’ll start in late September, and I’m super stoked about that. Me and Drake have been talking about touring together for a long time. Drake’s been a good friend. He’s a kindred spirit, and I think that this is gonna be one of my most fond memories of touring that I’m gonna have. So, I’m looking forward to it a whole lot.”


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