• KIP MOORE HAS WAITED A LONG TIME TO TOUR WITH MIRANDA LAMBERT.

    Kip Moore is having a blast on the road with Miranda Lambert and her Keeper of the Flame Tour, along with Brothers Osborne. He said he’s been waiting for a long time to tour with the female vocalist.

    “I’ve been waiting to tour with Miranda a long time, and it’s a true pleasure to get the chance to go out and see such a pro go out and do her thing,” says Kip.

    He says she is what he strives to be on stage as a headliner. “Miranda brings everything I hope to be as a headliner to the stage. She brings honesty. She brings great songs. She has a true craft of working the stage. Everything about Miranda is endearing on stage, and that’s what I always hope that I can naturally pull in a crowd the way she does.”

    The next stop on the Keeper of the Flame Tour is Thursday (May 19th) in Bethel, New York and Friday (May 20th) in Virginia Beach.

    Kip is making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Running for You,” which is from his Wild Ones album.

    Audio / Kip Moore says he’s waited years to go out and tour with Miranda Lambert.

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    “I’ve been waiting to tour with Miranda a long time, and it’s a true pleasure to get the chance to go out and see such a pro go out and do her thing. The crowds were great. Some people are still in school, but you definitely get that summer time feel from the first weekend.”

    Audio / Kip Moore says he strives to be what Miranda Lambert is on stage.

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    Kip Moore (Miranda tour) 2 OC: …strive for. :20
    “Miranda brings everything I hope to be as a headliner to the stage. She brings honesty. She brings great songs. She has a true craft of working the stage. Everything about Miranda is endearing on stage, and that’s what I always hope that I can naturally pull in a crowd the way she does. That’s what I strive for.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Dierks, Luke, Kip, Lauren, Mickey

    Keith Urban will perform during Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series August 12th from New York’s Central Park on ABC.

    Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan will perform as part of the Today Show’s Summer Citi Concert Series. Dierks and his band will take to the Today Show plaza May 27th, the same day his new album Black is released, while Luke will perform for the crowd June 3rd.

    Luke Bryan’s latest single, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” is inspiring people to post photos to his Twitter showing themselves either huntin’, fishin’ or lovin’ every day. Check out NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, aka “Rocket Man,” below with his catch of the day.

    Kip Moore will perform during the second annual Pandora Country concert June 7th as part of CMA Music Festival, the biggest week in country music. Fans can RSVP for the free show at Marathon Music Works, which also features Tyler Farr, Cam and Brent Cobb, at pandoracountry.com.

    Lauren Alaina and Mickey Guyton, are among the country stars who’ve been added to the previously announced players — Vince Gill, David Nail, Scotty McCreery, RaeLynn, Charles Esten, Jamie Lynn Spears and many more for the 26th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. The event, which will benefit , takes place June 7th, at 3 p.m. from First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Proceeds benefit the City of Hope to help find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1QQDkff.

    Video / NASCAR driver Ryan Newman fishin'

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Chris, Kacey, Vince, David, Church, Lady A, Kip and more

    Don’t forget to catch Keith Urban perform on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (11:35p ET) on Friday (May 6th), the day his new album, Ripcord, is released. Keith will also be profiled on CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday (May 8th).

    Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson are set to headline the 15th Annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place over two consecutive weekends – September 30th – October 2nd and October 7th – 9th – at Austin’s Zilker Park.

    Vince Gill and David Nail are among the artists taking part in the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during this year’s CMA Music Festival. The players will put on their gloves June 7th at 3pm and play against each other at the new First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Tickets for the game are available at Ticketmaster. More names will be announced in the coming weeks. Proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

    This year’s Faster Horses Festival will feature performances from Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean on the main stage. The lineup for the second stage includes Kelleigh Bannen, Haley Georgia, Aubrie Sellers, LanCo, Mo Pitney and many others. The festival is taking place July 15th – 17th in Brooklyn, Michigan.

    It seems Kip Moore may have gone back into the studio following his European trek to lay down some cool lyrics and funky beats. Check out his Instagram video below. In the meantime, he’s making his way up the country charts with his latest hit, “Running for You.” Kip is set to go on the road on Miranda Lambert’s Keeper of the Flame 2016 Tour, along with Brothers Osborne, in just a couple of weeks.

    Video / Kip Instagram video in the studio

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  • KIP MOORE WOWS FANS IN EUROPE.

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    Known for building one of country music’s most loyal fan bases in the U..S,  Kip Moore looks to have emulated this fervent following in the UK and Ireland in the wake of his headlining stint across the pond this past week.  Moore’s return was “eagerly anticipated” (Think Country) with the majority of shows selling out months in advance, prompting the move to bigger venues.  Fans and critics agree he “cemented that special bond between crowd and performer…daring to be different, daring to take a risk, he is able to take the crowd further than most artists can by the sheer force of his performance” (2 Country Radio).

    Kicking off in Dublin on Friday (4/22), Moore set the pace with a raucous show that led to an impromptu after-show performance at the stage door for fans who weren’t ready to call it a night, followed by a sold-out crowd in Glasgow (4/23) where he again took to the historic streets of the city after his performance to keep the party going.  Rowdy shows in England beckoned as Moore played to packed houses in Birmingham (4/25), Manchester (4/26) and he closed out the triumphant run with a sold-out show in London last night (4/27).

    Moore will head back out on the road next month for Miranda Lambert’s Keeper Of The Flame Tour, which kicks off in St. Louis, MO on 5/13 and also features Brothers Osborne. His current single, “Running For You,” continues to climb the charts and was taken from the critically acclaimed sophomore album WILD ONES that VICE declares “sprinkles a little late-night Bonnaroo magic…that’s made to be witnessed live.” WILD ONES follows Moore’s debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently 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.”

  • UMG NASHVILLE ARTISTS REACT TO THE PASSING OF THE LEGENDARY MERLE HAGGARD

    Country Music has lost a legend. Merle Haggard, who turned 79 today, died Wednesday (April 6th) in California, surrounded by friends and family. The Country Music Hall of Famer had been in failing health for quite some time, diagnosed with double pneumonia in December, which led to the cancellation of several dates, including a two-night stand at the Ryman Auditorium.

    Haggard had 40 No. 1 songs, including “Mama Tried,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me” and wrote many classics, some of which had been recorded by folks such as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill, who is a lifelong fan of the iconic entertainer.

    “I‘ve been a [Merle] Haggard nut my whole life,” says Vince Gill, who along with his pal Paul Franklin released Bakersfield album in 2013 (a collaborative tribute of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens songs). “And I’ve played country music, recorded country music my whole life, and I’ve tried to emulate what I loved about Merle Haggard on a lot of occasions.”

    Many of country music’s brightest stars took to Twitter to offer their thoughts:

    For Eric Church, he wrote and recorded “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” for his Sinners Like Me album. The song also featured the subject of the song, Mr. Merle Haggard.

    Eric Church ‏@ericchurch 
    Rest in peace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00IEK9KdWgE …

    Alan Jackson ‏@OfficialJackson 
    “We lost one of the greatest singer/songwriters since Hank Williams. Inspiration to millions, great American, thank you Merle. I’ll miss you.”

    Luke Bryan ‏@LukeBryanOnline 
    “A true hero was lost today. Thank you for your contribution to not only country music but all music. @merlehaggard

    Keith Urban ‏@KeithUrban 
    “One of the gr8 concert memories I have is seeing Merle and the Strangers at the Ryman in Nashville. We had a ‘live’ album of his when I was growing up and I felt like I’d fallin’ inside my Dad’s stereo speakers. One of my all time favorite voices – and a master songwriter. Blessings to your soulful spirit Merle & all of you family & loved ones.” – KU

    Hillary Scott ‏@HillaryScottLA
    “You are a cornerstone of country music @merlehaggard…u will be missed greatly. Praying for the Haggard family.”

    KACEY MUSGRAVES ‏@KaceyMusgraves 
    “I think I’ll just stay here and drink.”

    Billy Currington ‏@billycurrington 
    “rip @merlehaggard thank you for all the great music u blessed us with. we will play it forever.”

    Dierks Bentley ‏@DierksBentley 
    “Literally just fell to the floor. can’t believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard.”

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    Toby Keith ‏@TobyKeithMusic 
    “The greatest singer songwriter of my lifetime is gone. Thanks for the music and friendship. R.I.P. Hag. – T”

    GaryAllan ‏@GaryAllan 
    “Merle was my all-time hero. Today we lost one of the greatest songwriters of country music and I will always regret not recording with him. He was a legend and I was honored whenever we got the chance to share a stage with him. Thank you for the inspiration, the advice and for always being you. I, as well as the entire music community, will miss you Merle.”

    Darius Rucker ‏@dariusrucker
    “Heaven’s band just got better! RIP to the LEGENDARY @merlehaggard. Your music will never die!”

    Jon Pardi ‏@JonPardi 
    “Sad day today @merlehaggard has passed. RIP to a true songwriter, a pioneer of California Country, and country music.”

    Kip Moore ‏@KipMooreMusic 
    “RIP Merle…you paved the way for so many. You had what we all hope for…a voice that matters and survives the ever changing trends.”

    Josh Turner ‏@joshturnermusic  5m5 minutes ago
    “Pains me to say that country music icon @merlehaggard has passed away. So honored to have known him and shared the stage with him. Thanks Merle for all you’ve done for us!”

    Mickey Guyton ‏@MickeyGuyton 
    “RIP Merle Haggard. Heaven’s choir just got a heck of a lot better.”

    For David Nail, seeing Merle in concert was a life-changing experience. “The night I saw Merle At the Golden Nugget, it was the single greatest combination of seeing an artist/venue/city together, that I’ve ever witnessed.  It was a spiritual experience.  I looked at my buddy multiple times in disbelief that we were actually there.  I teared up on a few songs.  I knew the greatness I was seeing/hearing.”

    George Strait was a huge fan of Merle Haggard’s. He says, “When I was in the Army and stationed at Schofield barracks in Hawaii, you know Merle came there, and he played Conroy Bowl.  And I remember I was playing an NCO club that night, and before my little gig, I got to run over there and I kinda snuck in and saw Merle and it just blew me away. That’s what I wanted to be like, you know, I wanted to be like the Hag. And so, I can’t tell you how big of an influence he was on me, just huge.”

    Strait also posted a reaction on his socials: “It’s a very sad day for all of us Hag fans. He was a true icon of the music world and it’s hard to believe we won’t be able to see him anymore. I honestly think that had it not been for him, I would not have chosen the path that I chose.” – G

    Audio / During a recent interview for his new album, Down to My Last Bad Habit, Vince Gill says he’s always been a huge fan of Merle Haggard.

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    Vince Gill (Haggard nut) OC: …occasions. :12
    “I‘ve been a  Haggard Nut my whole life. And I’ve played country music, recorded country music my whole life, and I’ve tried to emulate what I loved about Merle Haggard on a lot of occasions.”

    Audio / George Strait talks about the huge influence Merle Haggard had on him and is career.

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    George Strait (Merle Haggard) OC: …it’s just huge. :41
    “You know, Merle was huge in my career. When he did ‘Okie from Muskogee’ back in the 70’s, I think it was, you know I kinda got hooked then on Merle and country music.  When I was in the Army and stationed at Schofield barracks in Hawaii, you know Merle came there, and he played Conroy Bowl.  And I remember I was playing an NCO club that night, and before my little gig, I got to run over there and I kinda snuck in and saw Merle and it just blew me away. That’s what I wanted to be like, you know, I wanted to be like the Hag. And so, I can’t tell you how big of an influence he was on me, just huge.”

     

     

    Video / Vince Gill -- with Paul Franklin -- on Merle Haggard

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  • KIP MOORE’S LATE-NIGHT MELODY TURNS INTO HIS LATEST HIT, ‘RUNNING FOR YOU.’

    Most of the time, Kip Moore can’t really turn off that creative, artistic side that has him chasing that cool chord progression or that   So, when he comes off the road from being on tour, his mind is usually buzzing with song or melody ideas that he has to get down before going to sleep. His current single was born from one of those moments.

    I wrote ‘Running for You’ possibly four years ago [with] Blair Daly and Troy Verges,” says Kip. “The guitar groove was something that me getting off the road at two o’clock in the morning when I was living in that awful room, which made me, there’s no TVs, there’s no couches, there’s no nothing. All it was was guitar amps and guitars, and it made me stay in that really strange place mentally. I remember that night picking up the guitar and coming up with that really cool thing and kind of some of that melody.”

    “Running for You” is from his latest album, Wild Ones.

    Kip is currently Down Under for the CMC Rocks Queensland Festival. He’ll return to the States in time to perform during the ACM Party for a Cause April 3rd in Las Vegas.

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about writing his current hit single, “Running for You.”

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    Kip Moore (writing Running for You) OC: …that melody. :31
    “‘Running for You’ is the oldest song on the record. I wrote ‘Running for You’ possibly four years ago [with] Blair Daly and Troy Verges. The guitar groove was something that me getting off the road at two o’clock in the morning when I was living in that awful room, which made me, there’s no TVs, there’s no couches, there’s no nothing. All it was was guitar amps and guitars, and it made me stay in that really strange place mentally. I remember that night picking up the guitar and coming up with that really cool thing and kind of some of that melody.”

  • KIP MOORE WRAPS SECOND LEG OF WILD ONES TOUR WITH FOUR SOLD-OUT WEEKENDS IN A ROW.

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    Kip Moore ended the second leg of his headlining WILD ONES TOUR how he started it: with a string of sold-out shows. Closing out the raucous run this weekend to a packed house in Anaheim, CA, Moore played the last four weekends in a row to capacity venues in Des Moines, IA; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Spokane, WA; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA as well as a five-show sold-out stint in Canada.

    Kicking off in October last year, the first leg of the WILD ONES Tour also hosted multiple sold-out dates including Boston, MA; London, ON; Toronto, ON; Cleveland, OH; Springfield, IL and a two night run in Chicago, IL that spurred the extension of the tour.

    “It’s hard to explain what’s happening out on the road with us and the fans unless you have seen it in person,” said Moore. “These fans have been faithfully returning for the past couple years and so now it really feels like we’re all in this together. They show up and they know every word to every song, whether it’s been on the radio or not, and for that we are truly grateful.”

    Hot on the heels of his sold-out tour, Moore will head over to Australia for the first time next month, followed by headlining shows in The UK and Ireland in April.  Fan demand has led to bigger venues being scheduled in Birmingham, UK; Dublin, IE; Manchester, UK and Glasgow, UK and Moore will close out the run with a headlining sold-out date in London, UK. Moore recently released the “beautifully shot music video” (Country Weekly) for his current single “Running For You,” which was taken from Moore’s critically acclaimed sophomore album WILD ONES that VICE declares “sprinkles a little late-night Bonnaroo magic…that’s made to be witnessed live.” WILD ONES follows Moore’s debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently certified GOLD by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and Moore’s DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.”

  • KIP MOORE WILL ‘TALK’ HIS WAY THROUGH HIS LATEST SINGLE.

    Kip Moore will perform his latest single, “Running For You,” on The Talk Monday (February 22nd) on CBS.  Moore, who recently “delivered an epic take on his current single” (Rolling Stone) to an intimate crowd during CRS Week, recently released the music video for the single.

    Kip will follow up his national TV performance by heading back out on the road for more sold-out shows on the West Coast as part of his headlining WILD ONES TOUR.  Moore’s stacked week follows a full-capacity run including packed houses in Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT as well as a sold-out stint in Canada including stops in Edmonton, AB, Penticton, AB, Abbotsford, BC and a two-night stand in Calgary, AB.

    The second leg of Moore’s WILD ONES TOUR also continues to go from strength to strength overseas as fan demand in Europe has led to bigger venues being scheduled in Birmingham, UK, Manchester, UK, Glasgow, UK and Dublin, IE.

    For a full list of dates and more information visit www.kipmoore.net.

    Video / Kip Moore 'Running for You'

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  • KIP MOORE RELEASES THE VIDEO FOR HIS LATEST SINGLE, ‘RUNNING FOR YOU.’

    Kip Moore premiered the emotion-driven music video for “Running For You” on VEVO Friday (February 12th).  Moore is cast as the male lead in the passionate and fiery video that follows him and his leading lady as they face the individual challenges of their respective career paths, culminating in a dramatic Hollywood-style ending.  Moore tapped his longtime friend PJ Brown to direct the video, though he had never been in the director’s chair before.
    “I’ve been friends with PJ for years, he was the main one pushing me to chase my passion and move to Nashville,” said Moore. “He’s been able to document some of my concerts here and there, but we haven’t worked together on this level before.  This song is unlike other songs I’ve released before and so I wanted the video to be really different from any of my other videos.  PJ was able to bring our vision to life and I’m glad that the label let me take a chance on him.””Running for You” is from Kip’s latest album, Wild Ones.
    Moore continues to make an impression overseas as demand in Europe has led to bigger venues being scheduled in Birmingham, UK and Dublin, IE following venue capacity increases in Manchester, UK and Glasgow, UK almost immediately following on-sales, ahead of his stint in April. This fervent fan-following was established during Moore’s first visit across the pond last year when he “led the 20,000-capacity through a singalong” (Rolling Stone) at the O2 Arena in London. Moore continues his headlining WILD ONES TOUR this weekend with stops in Denver, CO (2/12) and Salt Lake City, UT (2/13) followed by a string of dates in Canada.  For a full list of dates and more information visit www.kipmoore.net.

    Video / Kip Moore Running for You video

  • GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF KIP MOORE’S NEW VIDEO.

    Kip Moore is getting ready to release the video for his latest single, “Running For You,” and it’ll be a little different view of him. You can check it out for yourself in the behind-the-scenes look below.

    Video / Kip Moore behind-the-scenes of Running For You video

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