Kip Moore delivers cross between ‘blue-collar country music and stadium-sized rock & roll’ on sophomore album release
The experiences of growing up in a small Georgia town and working hard to achieve musical dreams is the theme behind Up All Night, singer-songwriter Kip Moore’s MCA Nashville debut album. The project produced by songwriter Brett James—who wrote Carrie Underwood's Grammy-winning single ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’—peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and No. 6 on the Billboard 200. The album also boasts three Top 10 country chart singles led by the chart-topping ‘Somethin' 'Bout A Truck,’ ‘Beer Money’ (No. 7), and ‘Hey Pretty Girl’ (No. 8). Moore’s highly anticipated sophomore follow up on MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group is Wild Ones, which is described as a “super-sized record caught somewhere between blue-collar country music and stadium-sized rock & roll.”
Each song on the 13-track Wild Ones CD was written by Moore, who penned and recorded most of the material while on the road. “My favorite part of this crazy life we have is playing live,” says the 35-year-old artist in a news announcement posted on KipMoore.net. “We've been playing so many of these new songs in the live show because we road-tested them night after night before recording what became the final album.”
“The album consistently serves up clever roots-rock riffs and rhythms that separate Moore from the rock-meets-rap focus of his Nashville peers,” writes Associated Press, while Rolling Stone notes Wild Ones is “A record that’s inspired as much by Bruce Springsteen and Ray Charles as Willie Nelson, and showcases loud whirls of guitar and distinct, boogie baselines.”
Moore’s gravelly voice is “weathered by life's detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and unyielding determination,” according to a press announcement, and Rolling Stone Country finds the singer also has a “diehard dedication” to soul and R&B music. “Sam Cooke is probably my favorite of all time,” says the South Georgia native. “If I had my go-to desert island artist, it would probably be him,” he reveals to the magazine.
Moore is joined by a team of songwriting collaborators including Westin Davis, Dan Couch, and producer James. Songs such as the title track balance an “almost menacing drum call” with triumphant choruses,” while other cuts such as ‘Magic’ capture that “chugging sweet spot between ballad and midtempo [sic] rock,” continues the RS review. Lead single ‘I'm To Blame’ is currently No. 18 on the Mediabase Country airplay chart, and No. 26 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
Despite ‘Somethin' Bout a Truck’ placing Moore in the bro-country company of Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, he is a songwriter who’s more in line with Eric Church—enamored with the restless spirit of roots-rock heroes named Springsteen, Mellencamp, and Seger. What’s more, the Chicago Sun Times heralds Moore’s live show as “carving his own niche in country music … that sets him apart from the flock of country music rockers.”
The headlining 2015 Wild Ones Tour gets underway Oct. 8 in Bethlehem, Pa., and hits more than 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada until Dec. 5, when the tour wraps up in Richmond, Virginia. Other major market stops include the Labor of Love Music Festival in Racine, Wis., to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (Sept. 7); Atlanta (Sept. 19); Pittsburgh (Oct. 9); Toronto (Oct. 17); Chicago (Oct. 22-23); Boston’s House of Blues (Oct. 30); and New York City’s Terminal 5 (Dec. 3). Select dates include special guest openers Michael Ray, Chris Cavanaugh, Joey Hyde, or DeeJay Silver.
Watch the official music video for Kip Moore’s latest single, ‘I’m To Blame,’ a Top 20 radio hit from his second album, Wild Ones.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Kip Christian Moore was born April 1, 1980, in the South Georgia town of Tifton. He grew up listening to his father’s collection of albums by singer-songwriter’s such as Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. “As early as I can remember, I always gravitated toward lyrics,” says Moore.
* Moore began playing guitar while attending Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala., where he played basketball team and was a member of the golf team. He later transferred to Valdolsta State University on a golf scholarship.
* After college Moore moved to a Hawaii, where he spent time backpacking and surfing. He moved to Nashville in 2004 and began performing locally. He caught the attention of Creative Artist Agency's Marc Dennis, who put him in touch with Universal Music Group’s MCA Nashville imprint.
* Moore signed to MCA Nashville and was introduced to songwriter/producer Brett James (Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean), who produced Moore’s 2012 debut album, Up All Night.
* Moore’s team of songwriters includes Dan Couch, Scott Steppakoff, Westin Davis, and Kiefer Thompson. They scored a debut No. 1 single with ‘Somethin' 'Bout a Truck,’ which topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song was also a platinum-selling Top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
* In August 2015 Moore’s Comeback Kid Skatepark Project was held in skate parks in Annapolis, Md., and San Marcos, Texas. The concert events are part of Kip's Kid Fund—a charitable initiative that oversees the construction of skateparks as a way for young people to engage in healthy habits and physical activities such as skateboarding and traditional sports.