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Kip Moore

www.kipmoore.net

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

Jun 21 2019
Bottle & Cork
Dewey Beach, DE
Jun 28 2019
Marks & Harrison Amphitheater
Fredericksburg, VA
Jun 29 2019
Cape Cod Melody Tent
Hyannis, MA
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Jun 30 2019
Indian Ranch
Webster, MA
Jul 04 2019
Greeley Stampede
Greeley, CO
Jul 05 2019
Wave
Wichita, KS
Jul 11 2019
Country Boom
West Salem, WI
Jul 19 2019
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, MI
Jul 20 2019
Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater
Decatur, IL
Jul 23 2019
Edmonton Expo Centre
Edmonton, Canada
Jul 25 2019
Verizon Wireless Center
Mankato, MN
Jul 27 2019
Jackson County Fairgrounds - IA
Maquoketa, IA
Jul 31 2019
Pub Station Ballroom
Billings, MT
Aug 02 2019
Gorge Amphitheatre
George, WA
Aug 03 2019
Gorge Amphitheatre
George, WA
Aug 04 2019
Gorge Amphitheatre
George, WA
Aug 07 2019
Burl's Creek Event Grounds
Oro-medonte, Canada
Aug 08 2019
Burl's Creek Event Grounds
Oro-medonte, Canada
Sep 01 2019
Roundhouse
London, United Kingdom
Sep 02 2019
Roundhouse
London, United Kingdom
Sep 04 2019
O2 Academy Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 05 2019
Ulster Hall
Belfast, United Kingdom
Sep 06 2019
Stanford Hall
Lutterworth, United Kingdom
Sep 07 2019
Stanford Hall
Lutterworth, United Kingdom
Sep 08 2019
Stanford Hall
Lutterworth, United Kingdom
Sep 13 2019
Woodward Park
Fresno, CA
Sep 20 2019
The Blue Note
Columbia, MO

News

04/22/2019

KIP MOORE CONTINUES INTERNATIONAL ROOM TO SPARE: ACOUSTIC TOUR WITH THREE BACK-TO-BACK SOLD-OUT SHOWS IN CANADA

Nashville, TN – April 22, 2019 – Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore wrapped a highly-charged weekend in Canada on Saturday (4/20) with three back-to-back sold-out shows. The unique spin of  Moore’s…

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04/02/2019

KIP MOORE READIES FAN AND CRITIC FAVORITE “THE BULL” AS NEXT SINGLE

Multi-Platinum Singer/Songwriter Receives CMA International Achievement Award Nomination   Nashville, TN - Feb. 19, 2019 - Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore is unleashing “The Bull,” as the next single from his studio album SLOWHEART.…

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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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