• KIP MOORE SAYS HE’S ‘TO BLAME.’

    Kip Moore is climbing the country charts with his latest single, “I’m to Blame,” and he said the song originated after he had been watching TV.

    “I’d been listening to the night before to some people on TV, there was some stuff going on politically, and everybody’s throwing everybody under the bus. No one wants to shield any of the blame. I’ve never been that guy, man,” says Kip. “I kinda came in like just that day just kinda angry about all that. Just feeling like we’re all losing our spine. Where have the men gone kinda thing that day.”

    “My thing is I’m not looking for the wrong road, but I’ve always been kinda fearless in my approach. I’m not scared to step out and try something, and there’s a good chance that I’m gonna take the wrong step first, but that’ll lead me to the right step, and that’s kinda what I meant,” he continues. “I’m not gonna intentionally do things to mess up, but when I do, I’m not gonna try to put it off on somebody else. I’ll be the first to say, ‘Look I did it. Let’s move on from this. I’m sorry about it.’ So, that’s kinda how the whole concept of it started.”

    “I’m to Blame” is included on his new album, Wild Ones.

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about his latest single, “I’m to Blame.”

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    Kip Moore (I’m to Blame) OC: …it started. :53
    “I’d been listening to the night before to some people on TV, there was some stuff going on politically, and everybody’s throwing everybody under the bus. No one wants to shield any of the blame. I’ve never been that guy, man. I kinda came in like just that day just kinda angry about all that. Just feeling like we’re all losing our spine. Where have the men gone kinda thing that day. My thing is I’m not looking for the wrong road, but I’ve always been kinda fearless in my approach. I’m not scared to step out and try something, and there’s a good chance that I’m gonna take the wrong step first, but that’ll lead me to the right step, and that’s kinda what I meant. I’m not gonna intentionally do things to mess up, but when I do, I’m not gonna try to put it off on somebody else. I’ll be the first to say, ‘Look I did it. Let’s move on from this. I’m sorry about it.’ So, that’s kinda how the whole concept of it started.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (latest single, I’m to Blame)

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    Hey-what’s up, guys? This is Kip Moore. Here’s my latest single, ‘I’m to Blame.’

  • LABOR DAY 2015: AJ, Billy, Canaan, Darius, David, Dierks, Eric (Church & Paslay), Jon, Kip, Lady A, Luke

    For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.

    U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, and on Monday, September 7th, we will once again celebrate the people in every occupation whose work and dedication make this nation great. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.

    Labor Day weekend also signals the unofficial end to summer, and many of the hottest country stars are taking a look back at some of the toughest jobs they had prior to making their mark in music or their dream job now.

    AUDIO: Alan Jackson says that working man values have always been a part of his music.

    AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28
    “I’ve always written songs and recorded songs, other people’s songs, about workin’ people, and workin’, the workin’ life ’cause I mean, that’s where I’m from. I mean, I worked…I’d already had jobs and worked as a grown person before I ever even thought about bein’ in the music business, so I come from that background, and…although I hadn’t had a job in a long time (laughs), I still remember a lot about it, you know, and I remember what the lifestyle is, and I still appreciate that.”

    Audio / AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28

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    Billy Currington recalls some of the jobs he had before landing his record deal in 2003.

    Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40
    “I started working like at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summers, and roofing. I started when I was about 16 roofing houses, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in south Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The pawn shop when I moved to Nashville was one of my favorites, even though it was one of my least favorites. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”

    Audio / Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40

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    Canaan Smith talks about the bad jobs he had before signing a publishing deal and later a record deal.

    Canaan Smith (worst jobs) OC: …of that. [laughs] :54
    “I’ve had some terrible jobs. I was a janitor for a while, and I mopped floors, vacuums all kinds of, picking up dog poop, taking out trash, just basically somebody’s beyatch [laughs], that was my job. I did that for two-and-a-half years before I signed a publishing deal. Before that, actually my very first job, I got fired from. It was some sort of candy/chocolate store. My mom dropped me off one time, and I went to work and I was like I think I can do this, and then two shifts later I just didn’t show up because I didn’t understand the concept of having to look at a schedule to see when you come in. I just didn’t show. I just thought they’d call me, ‘Hey, we need you to come in.’ I didn’t know. I was 15 years old, and never worked and that kind of stuff. I always cut grass when I was a kid and cleaned golf clubs – whatever I could do to make some money. But, yeah, I got fired from my first job. I’m pretty proud of that.” [laughs]

    Audio / Canaan Smith (worst jobs) OC: …of that. [laughs] :54

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    Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.

    Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15
    “I was fifteen, and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at fifteen, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15

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    David Nail recalls his first job at Dairy Queen.

    David Nail (Labor Day) OC: …Dilly Bar. :32
    “The first job that I ever had was working at Dairy Queen. One of my very best friends in the world’s mother purchased a franchise, so it was kinda a cool place to work. You put me in an ice cream place, it’s a recipe for disaster. So, Kathy Jeffers, her mother tends to tell people it was a ‘mutual separation,’ but I can vividly remember her saying that they were going to lose money if they continued to let me work, because I was eating more food than I was selling. But, it was a great two days that I spent there, and I had many a Dilly Bar.”

    Audio / David Nail (Labor Day) OC: …Dilly Bar. :32

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    Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.

    Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26
    “Personally, the fans give me amazement. That’s the only word to really sum it up. I look out in the crowd, you know, usually see a lot of faces and fans are cheering. I know each one of these like from the road-the signs are from California…Michelle and Kayla live up in the Ohio area. They’re all, I just see them, and I’m like, ‘Wow!,’ they’re all from different regions. You know when you’re in a different region of the country and you just see certain fans. These people are way more hard core than I am, and I’m just amazed by their generosity.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26

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    Eric Church talks about one of his worst job.

    Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27
    “I had an awful job. I’ve had a lot of awful jobs…my worst one was when I first came to Nashville. I got a job at the Shop at Home Network. I worked midnight, graveyard, midnight to eight. That was bad enough but then I would work all night, go home, shower and then I had writing appointments all day because I was trying to get a career started. I’d go write songs and get meetings just trying to get signed. And end up getting done at 3 of 4 with all of that, I’d go home, take a shower or sleep for a little bit and then I had to be at work again at midnight. So the schedule was bad enough, however, what I had to do at the job…I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And, anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. And I just, I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it, I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what man, go to bed, call me, I’ll be here in the morning. If you get up in the morning and want these knives you call me back.’ Because I knew what was going to happen, you know. They bought 200 knives for $19.95…first of all some of these people you didn’t know whether you should call the cops. What do you need 200 knives for? Even though I’m selling them…what do you need them for? So, it was awful doing that job. And then they got rid of me because, they were like, ‘You’re the worst. I can’t believe you’re talking people out of it.’ I was like, ‘Man I know…I’ve been there.’ [laughs] I’d want some to talk me out of buying some of the stuff I’ve bought at 2am.”

    Audio / Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27

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    Eric Paslay talks about his first job…printing logos on fanny packs.

    Eric Paslay (Labor Day) OC: …could print. :34
    “My first official job was working at a screen printing place in Texas during the summer in a metal building that had no AC. We printed on fanny packs – really cool — and these other little bags. And it was eye doctors that, some company if you bought supplies through them, they’d put your logo on fanny packs for your customers to put in a drawer somewhere. Fanny packs are cool, if you like ‘em. You know, we’d like time ourselves to see how many fanny packs you could print.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay (Labor Day) OC: …could print. :34

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    Jon Pardi talks about his worst job, which was at a grocery store.

    Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17
    “The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work, I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”

    Audio / Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17

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    Kip Moore recalls his worst job…ever.

    Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21
    “I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”

    Audio / Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21

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    Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum tells us what he used to do to make a buck before finding success as a musician.

    Lady A (Labor Day) OC: …I had a lot of crummy jobs. :31
    CK “I used to…” HS: “… knock out asbestos walls.” CK: “I did that for a long time. But even before that, I used to do lawn care every summer. Oh, man, I do not miss that. Just glad those days are over. I get out here and play music for a living. It’s a lot more fun. But yeah, I used to do that, and I used to work as a bag boy at a golf course once. I did that for a couple of summers. I had a lot of crummy jobs.”

    Audio / Lady A (Labor Day) OC: …I had a lot of crummy jobs. :31

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    Luke Bryan talks about the different jobs he worked in and around Leesburg, Georgia, before heading to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

    Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07
    “At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce.  They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”

    Audio / Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07

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  • LABOR DAY WEEKEND LINERS: Billy, Brothers, Canaan, Clare, Darius, David, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Jon, Kacey, Keith, Kelleigh, Kip, LBT, Luke, Sam

    LINER Billy Currington (Labor Day)
    Hey y’all! It’s Billy Currington, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Brothers Osborne (Labor Day)
    This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Canaan Smith (Labor Day)
    Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Clare Dunn (Labor Day)
    Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, and I hope you have a Happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Darius Rucker (Labor Day)
    Hey! It’s Darius Rucker, and I hope you have a have a happy work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER David Nail (Labor Day)
    Hey guys! It’s David Nail, wishing  you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Eric Church (Labor Day)
    Hey! It’s Eric Church, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Eric Paslay (Labor Day)
    Hey! It’s Eric Paslay, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Jon Pardi (Labor Day weekend)
    Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Kacey Musgraves (Labor Day weekend)
    Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Keith Urban (Labor Day weekend)
    Hi everybody! This is Keith Urban, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Labor Day)
    Hi! I’m Kelleigh Bannen, and I hope you have a happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Kip Moore (Labor Day)
    Hey—what’s happening guys? This is Kip Moore, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day Weekend.

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    LINER LBT (Labor Day)
    Hi! We’re Little Big Town, hoping you have a work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Luke Bryan (Labor Day)
    Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Sam Hunt (Labor Day)
    Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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  • KIP MOORE APPEARS ON ABC’S GOOD MORNING AMERICA TO PERFORM AND TALK ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM, WILD ONES.

    Kip Moore discusses his new album, Wild Ones, with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America.

    Video / Kip Moore talks about his new album Wild Ones on Good Morning America

  • KIP MOORE’S NEW ALBUM, WILD ONES, IS NOW AVAILABLE.

    Nashville, TN – Aug 21, 2015 – MULTI PLATINUM Singer/ Songwriter Kip Moore’s highly anticipated sophomore album WILD ONES is available today (8/21.) Moore will kick off next week with a live performance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, August 25th.
    Ahead of its release today, WILD ONES is already an established critic’s pick for 2015.
    “The album consistently serves up clever roots-rock riffs and rhythms that separate Moore from the rock-meets-rap focus of his Nashville peers” – Associated Press
    “Tip[s] his signature ball cap to traditional country, but as a whole it’s bigger and blessedly, Wild Ones is louder.”– Entertainment Weekly 
     “One heck of an album… set to produce hit after hit after hit” – Huffington Post 
    “With raspy, echoing vocals and songs … Moore pays homage to the troublemaking days that built him” – Paste
    “A record that’s inspired as much by Bruce Springsteen and Ray Charles as Willie Nelson, and showcases loud whirls of guitar and distinct, boogie baselines” – Rolling Stone
    “Kip Moore’s Wild Ones is a commanding album“ – Taste Of Country 
    “Moore avoids the mold of the Nashville machine” – Village Voice 
    Moore will continue the week proceeding with his “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” visiting skateparks in Annapolis, MD (8/26) and San Marcos, TX (8/28) as part of the charitable initiative overseeing the construction of a series of skateparks to benefit communities and “comeback kids.”
    The highly anticipated WILD ONES follows Moore’s debut album “UP ALL NIGHT” which spawned three No. One hits including “Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money” and “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.” With Chicago Sun Times heralding Moore’s live show as “carving his own niche in country music…that sets him apart from the flock of country music rockers,” Moore also recently announced his headlining 2015 WILD ONES TOUR kicking off 10/8.  For a full list of tour dates and more information visit www.kipmoore.net.

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about the differences in making his previous album, Up All Night, and his new project, Wild Ones.

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    Kip Moore (differences between 2 records) OC: …finished. 1:13
    “The first record, my only record, Up All Night, was a very, most all of those songs were written before I had a record deal. It was every day I’d go in at 9 o’clock in the morning, I’d write two songs a day, and I’d leave at six. It was a very regimented process. I was a machine. I’m gonna write something – it was that kind of thing. Wild Ones, which is the title of the new record, is one of the most difficult and elating things all in one. It was painful, for many reasons, for some of the things that I touched on in the record that I was going through, and for the simple fact of how long it’s been between this record about to come out and the first one. The songs were written in such a different manner for this record than the first. They were sporadically all over the place where in the last two years mainly when I started focusing on this record because I thought the record was going to be released a year ago. So, a year before that, I was focusing on it, and it kinda morphed into one thing the first time around, because that’s where I was at that time in my life, and it’s morphed into a whole ‘nother thing for this, you know, what it actually has become. So, I would say it’s been a two year span of agony for me trying to get this thing finished.”

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about his hopes for the new album, Wild Ones.

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    Kip Moore (hopes for new album) OC: …can do. :34
    “I’m truly hoping that people just simply love the project that I’ve worked so hard on. I hope that people take the time to actually listen to this record as a whole, as a whole body of work and appreciate what we’ve done as a band. And I hope that it puts us to the next level. We want to continue growing as a band, and I hope this record achieves what I have in my mind. I like to keep those things in my mind. I don’t like to say them out loud, but I hope this record does what I have in my mind thinking that it can do.”

  • KIP MOORE WILL DEBUT 5 DIFFERENT MUSIC VIDEOS ON CMT AND VEVO THIS WEEK.

    Nashville, TN – Aug 17, 2015 – MULTI PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore is bringing his sophomore album WILD ONES to life in a series of music videos debuting exclusively on CMT and VEVO  as the Fri., Aug. 21 street date approaches.  The series kicks off with the album’s fierce title track today on VEVO and available to watch now here.  The video for fan-favorite track “Backseat” will premiere tomorrow (8/18) on VEVO and then CMT will jump in to premiere “Comeback Kid” (8/19), “Girl of Summer” (8/20) and “Lipstick” (8/21) each day for the rest of the week.  Fans can preorder WILD ONES here.

    “We had some fun with my fans this weekend, giving them a little teaser of what to expect from the videos, and they freaked,” said Kip Moore. “The videos were a great way for me to express some of my favorite songs off the album, and each one is so unique from the other, that I feel like they really encapsulate the different layers of this record.”

    With Rolling Stone commending WILD ONES’ “unique blend of heartland rock and blue-collar twang” ahead of its release on Aug. 21, Moore’s sophomore album captures the feeling of his live show, ranging from poignant to anthemic. Often heralded for his live show, with Chicago Sun Times recognizing Moore as “carving his own niche in country music…that sets him apart from the flock of country music rockers,” Moore recently announced his headlining 2015 WILD ONES TOUR kicking off 10/8 in Bethlehem, PA. For more information and a full list of tour dates visit www.kipmoore.net.

    Video / Wild Ones

  • KIP MOORE WILL HEADLINE THE 2015 WILD ONES TOUR THIS FALL.

    Nashville, TN – Aug 3, 2015 – MULTI PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore announced today that he will headline the 2015 WILD ONES TOUR beginning Oct. 8 in Bethlehem, PA and continuing on to more than 20 cities in the US and Canada through early December.  Moore, who has built one of country music’s most loyal audiences show by show, will hit major markets including New York City’s Terminal 5 and Boston’s House of Blues with multiple night sell outs expected in some markets.  Michael Ray will join the “I’m To Blame” singer on tour as well as Chris Cavanaugh, Joey Hyde and DeeJay Silver to join him on select dates.
    Moore will perform tracks from his upcoming sophomore album WILD ONES (MCA Nashville), which is set for release on Friday Aug. 21.  A super-sized record caught somewhere between blue-collar country music and stadium-sized rock & roll, each song on the 13-track disc was written by Moore.  Most were born on the road and recorded during “time off” from playing more than 200 shows a year. Fans can preorder the album here.
    “My favorite part of this crazy life we have is playing live,” said Moore. “We’ve been playing so many of these new songs in the live show because we road-tested them night after night before recording what became the final album.   They were a huge part in helping me formulate what WILD ONES became…we are a tribe.   I’m excited to get back out there and headline and put a show together that is all about them.”
    Moore will perform his current single “I’m To Blame” on tomorrow night’s broadcast of  “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock” at 8.00pm ET on ABC.
    WILD ONES TOUR DATES
    10/8 Bethlehem, PA*
    10/9 Pittsburgh, PA*
    10/16 London, ON*
    10/17 Toronto, ON*
    10/22 Chicago, IL**
    10/23 Chicago, IL**
    10/30 Boston, MA**
    10/31 Baltimore, MD**
    11/5 Knoxville, TN***
    11/7 Cleveland, OH***
    11/13 Orlando, FL***
    11/14 Ft Myers, FL***
    11/19  Nacogdoches, TX*
    11/27 N Myrtle Beach, SC*
    11/28 Charlotte, NC*
    12/3 New York, NY*
    12/4 Sayreville, NJ*
    12/5 Richmond, VA*
    *Denotes date with Chris Cavanaugh
    **Denotes date with Joey Hyde
    ***Denotes date with DeeJay Silver
    WILD ONES follows Moore’s debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, which spawned three No. One smash hits including “Beer Money,”  the PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and Moore’s DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.” Moore has earned critical acclaim for his “high energy” (Rolling Stone) live show with Minneapolis Star Tribune noting Moore “Proves to be a country contender…able to thrill” and Boston Globe heralding “Kip Moore ratcheted up the energy level…with an assist from audience members, who were on their feet from the start.” Moore also recently launched the “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project,” a charitable initiative that will oversee the construction of a series of skateparks to benefit communities and “comeback kids.” Phase one cities of the project include Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; San Marcos, TX; and Annapolis, MD. For more information, visit www.kipmoore.net.
  • KIP MOORE SET TO PERFORM SPECIAL CONCERT FOR NASCAR FANS ON SUNDAY (JULY 5TH).

    Nashville, TN – July 2, 2015 – MULTI-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore is set to perform a special concert for fans on Sunday, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway as part of the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  Moore will perform his current chart climbing single, “I’m To Blame” live on NBCSN as part of the pre-race festivities.

    Currently making stops across the country with Dierks Bentley’s 2015 Sounds Of Summer Tour and hitting some of the country’s biggest summer festivals along the way, Moore continues to make an impression on critics with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calling out “with drinks hoisted and most of the songs loudly sung along by the fans on the bleachers, this was a party at the core” and Village Voice deeming him “the definition of laid-back country cool.”

    Moore’s sophomore album, WILD ONES, is set to be released on Aug. 21.  A super-sized record inspired by the grit, grind and glamour of the live shows, each track on WILD ONES was written by Moore and follows his debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, which spawned three No. One multi-platinum selling smash hits.  His current single “I’m To Blame,” is steadily climbing the charts and was the second most added song during its debut week at country radio, marking Moore’s biggest first week for a new single.

  • FOURTH OF JULY AUDIO: AJ, Billy, Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Easton, Church, Josh, Kip, Lady A, Lauren, LBT, Luke, Sam, Scotty

    Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks displays, parades, barbecues and concerts. Some of your favorite country stars take time to remember their Fourth of July traditions, memories and what the holiday really means to them.

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  • FATHER’S DAY AUDIO: Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Keith, Kip, Lady A, LBT, Sam, Scotty

    Audio / Canaan Smith says his father is a big inspiration.

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    Canaan Smith (Father’s Day) OC: …I love him. :35
    “My dad, I think is just the greatest man. He’s always provided for us. He was always there. He was always a great dad. He worked his butt off, you know, and showed me what it was like to work hard and provide for a family, and I just hope I can do that one day too. We’ve always had a special bond. He’s been a songwriter and a singer too for a long, long time, and so I got to grow up listening to him do his thing, sitting in the other room while they do band rehearsal. I’d be sitting on the couch in the other room just taking it all in, dreaming one day to be behind that microphone, so he’s definitely been an inspiration. I love him.”

    Audio / Canaan Smith says his father taught him quite a bit about being a musician.

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    Canaan Smith (Father’s Day) 2 OC: …learned that too. :45
    “I learned that music scores chicks. [laughs] My dad had a rehearsal one time at his piano player’s house, and I was sitting on the couch in the living room, and the piano player had two daughters that were around my same age, and they were sitting on either side of me on the couch. I thought I was king of the world, you know, watching this rock and roll band and a girl around each arm, and I was like six-years-old, eight-years-old something like that, old enough to know that was pretty awesome! My dad, he taught me hard work too. It took rehearsals. It took dedication. You can’t just get up on a stage and fly by the seat of your pants. You have to be prepared, and so I learned that too.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker says his kids would say he was a fun dad, unless they did something wrong.

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    Darius Rucker (Father’s Day) OC: …loving dad. :41
    “I think if you asked my kids what kind of Dad I was they would probably say…Danny would say that I was a fun Dad. My little daughter would say that I was a fun dad; she thinks I’m a lot of fun. I think if you caught them at the right moment they would say I was mean [laughs] because when I’m home I’m not afraid to discipline them. I’m all fun until it’s not fun anymore and then daddy’s not the fun guy. I think that they’d say that I was a fun Dad, I’m a loving Dad and I think they would say that. I’m gone so much that when I’m home, I just shower love upon my kids. I say ‘I love you’ probably fifty times a day. We hug, we kiss all the time. I’m always wanting them to know how much I love them. So I’d hope they’d say that I was a loving dad.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley is a father of three, and he said it has changed him significantly.

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    Dierks Bentley (how fatherhood has changed him) OC: …different. :07
    “There’s a whole kind of universe that opens up that I didn’t know existed, and I’m not the center of it, which is really cool. It just makes you look at everything totally different.”

    Audio / Eric Church describes his father and the qualities he admires in him.

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    Eric Church (Father’s Day) OC: …always admired. :29
    “My dad is a, I’m trying to find the right words to describe him. My dad is a great guy, honest guy, very call it like he sees it, which is where I get a lot of that. No BS. I’m gonna tell you how I feel whether you like it or not. I’m that guy, I’m me…My dad’s that way, so I get a lot of that from him. There’s also an honesty and an integrity that my dad carries himself with that I’ve always admired.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about what his father has taught him.

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    Eric Paslay (Father’s Day) OC: …ceiling fan. :21
    “He just taught me that working hard and sticking it out, even when you know things aren’t right, if you stick it out, it’s worth it in the end. He just taught me to work hard, and there’s a lot of things that you don’t need to pay someone to do, and it feels more rewarding when you’re able to put in new light fixtures or paint your own walls or put in a new ceiling fan.”

    Audio / Keith Urban – father to daughters Sunday and Faith -- says there are a number of things that are at the top of the list of being a dad.

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    Keith Urban (Father’s Day) OC: …experience that. :36
    “The first thing is probably just having someone call you dad. I’m like, ‘Omigosh! I’m her dad! That’s amazing.’ That’s probably the first thing to me. I don’t know, I mean, the different personalities that our two daughters have, that’s amazing. It’s such a long list I think. I always say…I think for the people that haven’t had kids – which I hadn’t for a long, long time. I didn’t have kids ‘til later on, and being around it is not the same as having them, you know? I realize that it’s not something that can be explained until you actually sort of have it, so I’m glad I got to experience that.”

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about his father’s influence on his music career, and how he’d play classics on their fishing trips.

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    Kip Moore (Father’s Day-dad’s influence) OC: …of us singin’ ‘em. :29
    “He would just play all those classic records – Little River Band, Jackson Brown, Springsteen, Seeger, Willie Nelson, the Red-Headed Stranger, Kristofferson, Sam Cook – like classic music. He’d be singing the songs and telling us why it was such good music. And I looked up to him so much, that’s the music I gravitated towards and that’s what I continue to listen to. Whenever I think about those old fishing trips, that’s what I think about is on the way down there, him singing those songs and all of us singin’ ‘em.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says his father was a big influence both personally and musically, and he wants to pass along those qualities to his own children someday.

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    Lady A (Father’s Day-Dave) OC: …like that. :39
    “My dad was a really hard worker growing up and was always great, however hard he worked, he’d always make important time for family, important time to be home for dinner and be there for a lot of special moments for us growing up. For all the money he would make, he would always give a portion of it back to charity or to the church, and so that was always important for me to watch. We had a great relationship growing up. My dad plays guitar; he’s very musical. I learned how to play acoustic guitar with him playing ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles and all these old songs we’d play together when he’d show me how to play these James Taylor songs and things like that. So, definitely want to pass along music, of course, to my children, as well, like that.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott says her father is a great communicator.

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    Lady A (Father’s Day-Hillary) OC: …my children. :33
    “I definitely got my Type-A personality from my dad. He’s the same way, but one thing I’m so appreciative of – especially from a father-daughter relationship – my dad always, always talked to me, even when I didn’t want to talk to him. He would force me to communicate and talk through things, and not always the easy stuff, which is such a rare quality in a man, truthfully. And so, I am very, very thankful for that. I think it helped me find the right husband for me, and I also know that it will help me be that much of a better communicator to my children.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says he’s always idolized his dad.

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    Lady A (Father’s Day-Charles) OC: …rubbed off. :23
    “My father definitely passed down his work ethic to me. I idolized my dad a lot and would always like to be by his side when he did certain projects, and so I learned a lot from him about that, and just always respected him and just the way he could see a project from start to finish with such dedication, and so I’ve taken that into this and into this group, and hopefully, some good has rubbed off.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook says fatherhood is absolutely beautiful. He and wife Karen Fairchild became parents to Elijah Dylan on March 5, 2010.

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    Little Big Town (Jimi-Father’s Day) OC: …beautiful. :32
    “It’s still such a new experience for us, and man, I’m telling you, people can tell you all day long how great it’s going to be, but it still never touches it. That little man looking back at me, it’s the most unbelievable feeling. And every day, for me who hates mornings [laughs], waking up to a slap in the face; he’s like pounding on me, then he’s like kissing on me and stuff. It’s unbelievable. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt says his father taught him a lot about being a man and knowing the right thing.

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    Sam Hunt (Father’s Day) OC: …he’s great. :27
    “I’m obviously biased about my parents, but I’ve been around a lot of great men of integrity, but he is by far the best man that I know. He’s just taught me so much about being a man, doing the right thing, knowing the difference between right and wrong. And even though I don’t always follow his lead, I definitely know better because of him, and that means a whole lot to me. I was just really fortunate to have him as a dad, and he’s great.”

    Audio / Scotty McCreery says his father has helped him grow into an adult.

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    Scotty McCreery (Father’s Day) OC: …was to me. :29
    “My father has been incredible to me my whole life. I remember going to the baseball field when I was five-years-old and he played ball in college, so he was always trying to teach me the mechanics, but more so than that, he was teaching me the life lessons growing up. Those are the things you learn on the field – becoming a man out there. So, he’s always had my back and he’s always teaching me those values and those morals that are important to a young kid and also a growing young adult. So, love my daddy, love my father, and I just hope that one day I can be half the dad he was to me.”