Red Light Management

Kip Moore

Artist Bio

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.’”

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Tour Dates

Apr 25 2024
The Plant
Dothan, AL
Apr 26 2024
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Atlanta, GA
Apr 27 2024
The Wharf Amphitheater
Orange Beach, AL
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May 02 2024
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Wilmington, NC
May 03 2024
Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
Portsmouth, VA
May 04 2024
CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
Simpsonville, SC
May 10 2024
Tag's Summer Stage - The Budweiser Summer Stage at Tag's
Big Flats, NY
May 11 2024
The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre
Youngstown, OH
May 17 2024
Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater
Tuscaloosa, AL
May 18 2024
Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
May 25 2024
Angel Stadium
Anaheim, CA
May 30 2024
Walmart AMP
Rogers, AR
May 31 2024
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis
Maryland Heights,, MO
Jun 01 2024
Ruoff Music Center
Noblesville, IN
Jun 01 2024
Railbird Music Festival 2024
Lexington, KY
Jun 06 2024
Budweiser Stage
Toronto, Canada
Jun 07 2024
Broadview Stage at SPAC
Saratoga Springs, NY
Jun 08 2024
Darien Lake Amphitheater
Darien Center, NY
Jun 14 2024
PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
Jun 15 2024
Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek
Raleigh, NC
Jun 20 2024
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
Jun 21 2024
Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
Jun 22 2024
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Gilford, NH
Jun 27 2024
Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
Camden, NJ
Jun 28 2024
Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, VA
Jul 04 2024
Cowboys Music Festival 2024
Calgary, Canada
Jul 19 2024
Country Thunder Wisconsin 2024
Twin Lakes, WI
Jul 25 2024
Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH
Jul 26 2024
Fayette County Fairgrounds
West Union, IA
Jul 27 2024
Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL
Aug 01 2024
Big Valley Jamboree 2024
Camrose, Canada
Aug 03 2024
Happy's Inn
Libby, MT
Aug 10 2024
Granary Live
Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 11 2024
First Interstate Arena at MetraPark
Billings, MT
Aug 17 2024
Lasso Montréal
Montréal, Canada
Aug 22 2024
Lucknow's Music in the Fields 2024
Lucknow, Canada
Aug 23 2024
Effingham County Fair Association
Altamont, IL
Sep 20 2024
Christchurch Town Hall
Christchurch, New Zealand
Sep 21 2024
Auckland, New Zealand
Sep 28 2024
ICC Sydney Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Sep 29 2024
Civic Theatre Newcastle
Newcastle, Australia
Oct 02 2024
Hindley Street Music Hall
Adelaide, Australia
Oct 03 2024
Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne, Australia
Oct 04 2024
Deni Ute Muster 2024
Deniliquin, Australia
Oct 08 2024
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, Australia
Oct 10 2024
Anita's Theatre Thirroul
Thirroul, Australia
Oct 13 2024
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Brisbane, Australia
Oct 26 2024
Cape Town, South Africa



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