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Kip Moore

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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

Dec 14 2018
GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 15 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Mar 02 2019
Coral Sky Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
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Mar 08 2019
The Palladium Carmel
Carmel, IN
Mar 09 2019
Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC)
Bowling Green, KY
Mar 14 2019
State Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
Mar 15 2019
Bridge View Center
Ottumwa, IA
Mar 16 2019
Gillioz Theatre
Springfield, MO
Mar 21 2019
Metropolitan Theatre
Morgantown, WV
Mar 22 2019
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Athens, OH
Mar 23 2019
The National
Richmond, VA
Mar 28 2019
Crest Theatre
Sacramento, CA
Mar 29 2019
Ruth Finley Person Theater
Santa Rosa, CA
Mar 30 2019
Hanford Fox Theatre
Hanford, CA
Apr 18 2019
Capitol Theatre
Moncton, Canada
Apr 25 2019
Buckhead Theatre
Atlanta, GA
Apr 26 2019
The Grand Opera House
Macon, GA
Apr 27 2019
Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns
Mcminnville, TN
May 02 2019
Wilbur Theatre
Boston, MA
May 03 2019
State Theatre
New Brunswick, NJ
May 04 2019
Flynn Center For the Performing Arts
Burlington, VT
May 09 2019
Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, CT
May 10 2019
State Theatre, Portland, Maine
Portland, ME
May 11 2019
Keswick Theatre
Glenside, PA
May 26 2019
Manchester Academy
Manchester, United Kingdom
May 27 2019
City Halls & Old Fruitmarket
Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 29 2019
Birmingham Town Hall
Birmingham, United Kingdom
May 30 2019
Cadogan Hall
London, United Kingdom
Aug 07 2019
Burl's Creek Event Grounds
Oro-medonte, Canada
Aug 08 2019
Burl's Creek Event Grounds
Oro-medonte, Canada

News

07/16/2018

KIP MOORE PLOTS BLAZING-HOT AFTER THE SUNBURN HEADLINING TOUR FOR THIS FALL

Nashville, TN - July 16, 2018 - Known for one of the most high-energy and captivating live-shows in the genre, Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore revealed he will hit the road…

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07/09/2018

KIP MOORE PLAYS PAST SUMMERFEST CURFEW AS UNRELENTING CROWD DEMANDS MORE

Nashville, TN - July 9, 2018 - Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore thrilled an un-abating crowd at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday night (7/7.) Headlining the US Cellular Stage as…

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04/02/2018

KIP MOORE “IS WITHOUT A DOUBT A HEADLINER” AS HE WRAPS INTERNATIONAL STINT WITH SEVEN SOLD-OUT SHOWS IN CANADA

Nashville, TN – April 2, 2018 – Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore wrapped a seven-show sold-out stint across Canada this past weekend with a two-night run in London, ON, as part of the second leg…

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