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 is making his way up the country charts with the fan-favorite “The Bull,” from his Slowheart album. He says it’s not only his song, but it’s the song that tells the story of his fans’ lives, as well, and they have offered the star concrete proof.
“I’ve heard thousands of stories from fans. This is definitely a favorite on the Slowheart record,” says Kip. “I’ve counted over a thousand tattoos in meet-and-greets all with ‘thanks to the bulls that bucked me off.’ This song is not only my song, but it’s every fan’s song.”
For more audio and liners on “The Bull,” click here.
Kip makes the trek north of the border later this week to play shows in Moncton (Thursday, April 18th), Halifax on Friday (April 19th) and Charlottesville, Canada on Saturday (April 20th).
This past weekend, Kip released Room to Spare on his first Record Store Day Vinyl. The special collection of songs, handpicked by Kip, included seven tracks that were released on his ROOM TO SPARE: THE ACOUSTIC EP, marking the first time the songs will be available on vinyl. As well as the stripped-back acoustic tracks, there will be five additional tracks from Moore’s previous studio albums including “Plead The Fifth,” “Last Shot,” “The Bull” and “Guitar Man” taken from his wildly-acclaimed SLOWHEART and “That Was Us” from the highly-praised WILD ONES.
Kip Moore (The Bull fans) OC: …fan’s song. :14
“I’ve heard thousands of stories from fans. This is definitely a favorite on the Slowheart record. I’ve counted over a thousand tattoos in meet-and-greets all with ‘thanks to the bulls that bucked me off.’ This song is not only my song, but it’s every fan’s song.”
Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore kicked off the second leg of his highly-praised headlining ROOM TO SPARE: ACOUSTIC TOUR, with a weekend of sold-out shows. The opening stint began with sellouts in Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN, wrapping with an electric show in Bowling Green, KY on Saturday (3/9.)
Showcasing Moore’s more vulnerable side with an “acoustic show that sees him playing songs across his entire discography albeit in a stripped-down fashion” (Chicago Tribune), fans passionately sang back every lyric each night, as Moore took requests for fan-favorite deep cuts including “Backseat” and “Magic,” as the crowds never missed a beat. Moore was also able to switch gears throughout the weekend, especially ramping up the performance stakes for his “jangly, energetic” (Radio.com)
new single “The Bull.”
Kip Moore announced he will release ROOM TO SPARE, his first Record Store Day vinyl on April 13. The special collection of songs will include seven tracks that were released on his ROOM TO SPARE: THE ACOUSTIC EP, marking the first time the songs will be available on vinyl. As well as the stripped-back acoustic tracks, there will be five additional tracks from Moore’s previous studio albums including “Plead The Fifth,” “Last Shot,” “The Bull” and “Guitar Man” taken from his wildly-acclaimed SLOWHEART and “That Was Us” from the highly-praised WILD ONES. All the tracks on the release were hand-picked by Moore, culminating in an essential playlist for his empathic following. Fans can purchase the vinyl at participating record stores, available to search here.
“I’m still a big believer that there’s something special about the physical part of buying a record,” said Moore. “For me, there’s nothing better than the sound of vinyl and so I’m really happy that these songs are going to be able to be heard that way.”
ROOM TO SPARE – Official Vinyl Track List:
SIDE A: Room To Spare – Acoustic Sessions
1. Plead The Fifth
2. Tennessee Boy
3. Love You To The Moon
4. It Ain’t California
5. Wish It Was Me
6. Come Home With You
7. Part Of Growing Up
SIDE B: Kip Essentials
1. Plead The Fifth (Studio Version)
2. That Was Us (Studio Version)
3. The Bull (Studio Version)
4 Last Shot (Studio Version)
5. Guitar Man (Studio Version)
Moore will be offering fans an inside look at his most recent headlining tour, with an exclusive episode on AT&T AUDIENCE Music Concert Series. Taking the stage at The Wiltern in Los Angeles for a sold-out show, Moore brought fans to their feet with his energetic performance proving why he is “one of country music’s most tireless and powerful live draws” (Rolling Stone). The full concert special airs tomorrow, March 1 at 10pm PT/ET on DIRECTV Ch. 239, AT&T U-verse Ch. 1114, DIRECTV NOW and WATCH TV.
Currently nominated for CMA’s International Achievement Award, Moore recently extended his Room To Spare: Acoustic Tour, following a sold-out run last fall. Moore will head out on the stacked tour next month with shows scheduled in the U.S., Canada and The U.K. Moore recently unleashed his next single “The Bull” from his revered third studio album SLOWHEART that garnered instant praise from critics as the “sound of an uncompromising, genre-defying artist firing on all cylinders,” (NOISEY), as well as spawning his fourth No. One hit “More Girls Like You.” SLOWHEART also landed on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, UpRoxx, Bobby Bones Show and many more. SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded Moore’s sophomore album WILD ONES and his PLATINUM debut album UP ALL NIGHT that 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.” For more information, visit kipmoore.net.