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.’”
Kip Moore just launched his BUD LIGHT DIVE BAR TOUR in Detroit, Michigan. He said fans will get a never-before-seen show, as they “dictate” what songs he and his band will play.
“We go completely off-the-cuff. We end up improvising all night long. We might end up playing for three hours plus. We’ll go deep in the catalog, and it’ll be unlike any show they’ve seen in a while,” says Kip. “As far as set lists go, we’ll have somewhat of a set list put together, but every night in the Bar Dive Tour will be a night the fans get to dictate what they want to hear. If we feel like they know the Wild Ones record the best, then that’s what we’ll go into. We’ll also play a lot more covers than we’ve ever played. We normally don’t play but one cover a show, and we might dig in deep to our original roots playing in these bar dives.”
Kip has another handful of dates left, including Tuesday night (August 20th) in Cincinnati, Thursday (August 22nd) in Chicago and on Friday (August 23rd) in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kip, who just released his new single, “She’s Mine,” will also continue his “wildly successful” (Chicago Tribune)ROOM TO SPARE: ACOUSTIC TOUR for a third leg, following two previously sold-out runs meeting capacity crowds at every stop in the U.S., Canada and The U.K. Moore has invited special guests Tucker Beathard, Devin Dawson and Kylie Morgan along for select dates, with the run set to begin in Grand Rapids, MI on 10/10. Moore will also return to Europe this fall, bringing his full-band electric show for special headlining performances in London, UK, Glasgow, UK, Belfast, NI and a headlining performance at The Long Road Festival. For a full list of tour dates, visit kipmoore.net.
Kip Moore shot a video while he was performing his song “She’s Mine” at the recent Watershed Festival at the Gorge in George, Washington. Check out all the action below:
Kip Moore dropped a new single “She’s Mine” today (August 9th), available to listen here. The track is the first from Kip’s upcoming fourth studio album and serves as an exciting first look at what one of the most loyal fanbases in the genre can expect. “She’s Mine” was co-written by Kip with Dan Couch and Scott Stepakoff, and also has the star stepping into the sole producer role.
The song follows Kip, a born traveler and road-warrior, as he searches for love from coast to coast with “shimmering guitar parts, a rollicking beat and his yearning vocals” (Billboard). “She’s Mine” will be available at Country Radio beginning this Monday (August 12th).
“I wrote this song at a time in my life when I realized that my life was flipped upside down and I didn’t know which way was up,” shared Moore. “Every experience from there forward, I felt like everything was going to be a surprise. I didn’t know where I was going to end up, who I was going to meet or who I was going to be with. I’m fired up to be getting new music out there, and this song is just the beginning. I know the fans are ready and so am I.”
With notable success playing sold-out shows in the U.S and internationally, Kip recently announced he will serve a special live stint as part of a six-date BUD LIGHT DIVE BAR TOUR. The popular BUD LIGHT DIVE BAR series is known for bringing sell-out artists to intimate dive bar stages. The exclusive run will kick-off next week in Detroit, MI on 8/15 and fans can only win tickets. Moore will also continue his “wildly successful” (Chicago Tribune) ROOM TO SPARE: ACOUSTIC TOUR for a third leg, following two previously sold-out runs meeting capacity crowds at every stop in the U.S., Canada and The U.K. Moore has invited special guests Tucker Beathard, Devin Dawson and Kylie Morgan along for select dates, with the run set to begin in Grand Rapids, MI on 10/10. Moore will also return to Europe this fall, bringing his full-band electric show for special headlining performances in London, UK, Glasgow, UK, Belfast, NI and a headlining performance at The Long Road Festival. For a full list of tour dates, visit kipmoore.net.
Moore’s new single “She’s Mine” is taken from his upcoming fourth studio album, of which more details will be revealed in the coming weeks. The forthcoming project follows his ROOM TO SPARE: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS EP which sparked his acoustic tour and his third studio album SLOWHEART, which garnered instant praise from critics as his “most complete, cohesive declaration of his artistic sensibilities yet” (NPR,) as well landing on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, UpRoxx, Bobby Bones Show and many more. SLOWHEART included Moore’s fourth No. One single and follows the critical acclaim that surrounded Moore’s sophomore album WILD ONES and his PLATINUM debut album UP ALL NIGHT that spawned three No. One hit singles. For more information, visit kipmoore.net.
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“I wrote this song early in my career with Dan Couch and Scott Stepakoff. This is one of those things where early on I realized my life was flipped upside down and I didn’t know which way was up, and every experience from there forward, I felt like everything was going to be a surprise, I didn’t know where I was going to end up, who I was going to be with, my life had completely changed, and that’s where this song came from.”