As the May 29 release of his long-awaited new album, Wild World, approaches, Kip Moore is offering fans another taste of what’s to come with the release of the guitar-heavy “Southpaw.”
The arena-ready track, co-written by Moore with his longtime collaborator Westin Davis, celebrates the dark horses in life and in a way, serves as a metaphor for how Moore lives his life.
“I shoulda been an outlaw/ Ready for a quick draw/ Everybody call me the gun slingin’ Southpaw/ Ain’t no time for runnin/ ‘Cause ya never saw me comin’/ I could be dangerous I could be famous/ Have my name babe in all of the papers/ Sayin’ I’m wanted, by the law and every woman/ Yea, they’d call me the Southpaw,” Moore sings throughout the chorus.
“’Southpaw’ started from a feeling of being on the outside looking in on modern society,” Moore explains. “I don’t want my edges to be smoothed to fit into a box. I woke up the day we wrote it feeling like I was born in the wrong era. I grew up a boxing fan and a Southpaw was always a rare sighting, unpredictable and hard to prepare for. I wrote the song with Westin Davis in South Dakota and we’ve always understood each other like brothers and being kind of cut from the same cloth. I knew he would get my headspace that day and he always brings the magic. And on the recording side of things, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much juice in a session.”’
Serving as the follow up to Moore’s 2017 Slowheart album, Wild World includes 13 tracks, 12 of which Moore co-wrote. The album is available for pre-order now HERE.