Drill down deep enough, and there’s a beautiful conflict at the core of most things. A push and pull that inspires buildings and books, dream chasers and 9-to-5ers. It drives some to greatness, drives others mad, and even the finest poets struggle to capture it in words. But Kip Moore puts it simply enough:
The beating heart and title track of his fifth studio album for MCA Nashville, it’s a yearning that seems engrained on each and every soul – no matter how hard we fight it.
“There’s a reason love and relationships have been written about so much – and why they continue to get written about,” Moore says. “Because at the core of us, that’s what we desire the most.”
Of course, there’s more to love than romance; passion takes many forms. And after almost 20 years in orbit around Nashville, Moore sees it all clearer than ever.
A genre-blending songsmith with a warm, honey-infused growl, four previous albums have brought the Georgia native success, often driven by deep-feeling lyrics with an easy Southern charm, and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll mystery. His five Top 10 country radio singles include 2012’s 3x Platinum Number One, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” which he followed up with three more best selling chart toppers (“Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money” and “More Girls Like You”), each one coaxing cosmic truth from down-home simplicity.
Wielding a rugged poetic flair, he’s sold millions of records and garnered over 2.7 billion streams through that time, traveling the world and growing a truly global following in the process – all with the focus of an avowed lone wolf. He was even uniquely situated to embrace the pandemic shutdown, going back to nature after 2020’s Wild World to rock climb, write songs and generally “stay quiet and away from the madness of humans” in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. In the beginning, it suited his nomadic spirit fine.
“I think it was the most creative I’ve ever been, because I’ve always internally craved solitude, and I was in it every day,” Moore explains. “That part was soul filling for me.”
But gradually, something changed.
Getting off the treadmill he’d been on for a decade-plus, Moore slowly began to feel the weight of his solitude, self-imposed or otherwise. The lockdowns lifted and Moore got back on the road, back in front of fans and back on stage, but the shift stayed with him. “I think it’s in our DNA,” he says now. “We need companionship. … Maybe I do a little less than most, but it’s still there.”
Somewhat suddenly, that realization began to fill his work. Over 13 new tracks, emotionally raw and thick with epiphany, a tug of war emerged between adventurous wanderlust – a love that keeps him writing music and traveling highways – and that basic human craving for someone to share it with.
Co-writing all but one track, charismatic heartland rock and new-wave production collide with a comforting country sway, as the vast majority of each song came in a flash. Near complete compositions would simply appear from the ether, Moore explains, falling to the page like they’d been inside him for years, waiting to get out.
With primary co-writer/producer Jaren Johnston helping lean in to the rougher edges of the last few records, desolate rockers like “Neon Blue” and “The Guitar Slinger” offer prime examples, pouring out after a weeks-long tour and mixing go-your-own way pride with a sense of weathered exhaustion. Barstool serenades on the life of a modern drifter, they each roll by like classic-rock tumbleweeds – with Moore going nowhere, even as he hurtles from one city to the next.
“I never want to be misinterpreted on this, because my soul still burns hotter than ever for what I do,” he says. “But a lot of times it feels like I haven’t changed, even though everything else has. You feel this heartache inside you, and the reality is that your soul is still on fire, but your heart feels faded. I think your heart goes through a lot of damage in this life.”
He holds on to passion in the persistent anthem, “Heart on Fire,” while “Another Night In Knoxville” captures the magnetic draw of the stage – a sweeping ‘70s-rock ballad that soundtracks a long-cherished memory. Meanwhile the refreshing “Kinda Bar” conjures magic from a roadside tavern, feeding souls with the same lighthearted twang as “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.”
All the while, Moore showcases the most-potent vocal of his career. Pulling Moore’s inner fire to the surface, track after track infuses pulsating rhythm and classic synth patches with soothing melody, a rush of progressive-country energy balanced out by acoustic grit.
“I’m always trying to give fans and myself a different element with each album,” he explains. “You set yourself up when you do that, stepping out on a limb you’ve never been on. But I want to trust my gut.”
The journey of growth continues with the propulsive ‘80s pop of “Silver And Gold,” as life’s true treasure rises into view like a billboard on Sunset Boulevard. “Peace & Love” matches it note for neon-throwback note, and a comforting sense of clarity arrives with gentle instant classics, “Some Things” and “One Heartbeat” (featuring Ashley McBryde).
Eventually, easy-going anthems like “Mr. Simple” and “Mickey’s Bar” find Moore going back to basics, reflecting on the lessons learned and resolving to maybe let the world come to him for a change – but there’s still that “Damn Love” to consider.
It’s the only song Moore didn’t write, and here it leads the album like a cross between campfire contemplation, and redemptive rock anthem. It begins quietly, with Moore (and everyone else) at the mercy of love’s power. But his voice soon rises, with resignation transformed into gratitude in the space of a single, surging heartbeat. We can’t escape love and the longing it brings, Moore finally admits. And we wouldn’t want to if we could.
“I’ve always had a nomadic spirit, at the core of me that’s what I am, and it’s a beautiful life I lead – I don’t take that for granted,” he says. “But I still crave that companionship down deep in my DNA, and that’s where ‘Damn Love’ comes from. The minute that fire for music ever subsides, that’s when I’ll walk away. But right now, it’s burning as hot as ever.”
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Reba McEntire appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent on Wednesday night (September 20th). She performed “Can’t Even Get The Blues” with contortionist Sofie Rossi, who was a contestant in Season 11. This wasn’t the first time Reba and Sofie have met. Reba, as a guest AGT judge in 2016, gave Dossi her Golden Buzzer.
The War And Treaty (Michael and Tanya Trotter) won Duo/Group of the Year for the second consecutive year at the 22nd Annual Americana Honors & Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Wednesday night (September 20th). The award came just a couple of days after they slayed the ACM honors by performing “Cold” in tribute to Chris Stapleton. Kacey Musgraves popped up as a surprise presenter.
Thank you Americana Association @AmericanaFest for the continuous support. Winning Duo of the Year is an honor and we are so grateful!
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— The War And Treaty (@warandtreaty) September 19, 2023
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Tyler Hubbard will head out on the road on Kane Brown‘s In The Air Tour in select cities. Tyler’s dates — with opening act Parmalee — will kick off March 28th in Charlottesville, Virginia and are set to run through June 1st in Tampa, Florida. Jon Pardi, Cole Swindell, Bailey Zimmerman and others are also set to join various dates on Kane’s 2024 tour.
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As a testament to his outstanding achievements this year, multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore is nominated for CMA’s International Artist Achievement Award, alongside fellow nominees Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen.
A force to be reckoned with globally, Moore has notched breakthrough achievements on his DAMN LOVE WORLD TOUR this year with sold-out headlining stadium shows in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, The U.K., Europe, and continues stateside through the end of the year. “No one entertains quite like the gravel and grit singer-songwriter from Tifton Georgia” (Entertainment Focus), whose captivating tours have garnered international attention for his rapidly growing cult following and impressive performances that continuously sell out each headlining venue.
Moore made a landmark return to Australia in March, doubling the capacity size of the venues he has previously played with sold-out arenas and an entrancing headline festival slot. “The crowd, tens of thousands strong, went from getting down in their seats or wherever they stood, to slowly swaying, holding up torch lights” and was praised “truly cementing Moore as an Aussie fave” (The Courier Mail Australia).
He then kicked off his sold out South Africa run with an electrifying stadium show in Pretoria playing to over 25,000 fans, followed by two consecutive full capacity arena shows in Cape Town. Moore started his 10-stop stint with intimate shows for his first-ever stops in Germany and the Netherlands, followed by a string of sold-out shows in the U.K., including Royal Albert Hall’s iconic stage in London, where he headlined the inaugural Highways Festival.
Keeping busy this year, Moore released his fifth studio album, DAMN LOVE, this spring. “Each of these songs seems tailor-made for his much-acclaimed live shows,” (Billboard) with the project being praised as “the best album of Kip Moore’s career” (Holler). Co-produced by Moore, along with Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three), the 13 tracks emotionally raw and thick with epiphany explores an internal tug of war and puts it simply enough: Damn Love. Listen to the much praised project HERE.
About Kip Moore:
Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore recently released his fifth studio album DAMN LOVE, out now. Praised by Holler as “the best album of Kip Moore’s career.” Moore kicked off his DAMN LOVE WORLD TOUR with sold-out headlining stadium shows in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, The U.K., Europe, and continues stateside through the end of the year with The Cadillac Three as support. Known as “one of country’s more thoughtful artists” (Billboard), Moore has toured the world earning acclaim and a rabid fanbase as an all-in performer in each setting, consistently selling out headlining shows internationally with huge followings. Praised by Noisey as “an uncompromising, genre-defying artist firing on all cylinders” Moore has blazed his trail, with “a bit more Southern rock than traditional country… to be a Kip Moore fan suddenly became a marker of your having a certain refinement in your country-music taste” (Chicago Tribune). Moore first splashed into the mainstream with the double-PLATINUM “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” in 2012, then followed up with three more best-selling No. Ones (“Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money” and “More Girls Like You”).