Introducing....Kip Moore

Kip MooreKip Moore is one of the artists heading over to Europe as part of this year's upcoming Country To Country Festival. Kip released his last album, Up All Night, on 24 April 2012 and is set to release the follow up within the next few months.

Up All Night includes eleven tracks (the deluxe edition holding fourteen) with each track co-written by Kip. The album holds some great tracks, one of my favourites (and a family favourite!) being Faith When I Fall. The track closes the normal edition of the album and opens with a short instrumental Amazing Grace. The change from this to the electric guitar and drum accompaniment is very slick. The track also holds some of the best lyrics on the album, particularly the chorus of "give me love when I ain't got nobody, a little hope when I ain't got none at all, give me light up ahead on the journey, give me strength when I'm standing and faith when I fall". Kip's distinctive tone fits really smoothly into this track and he delivers a gritty, heartfelt vocal, I'd definitely recommend this track to anyone.

I also really like Reckless (Still Growin' Up). The reggae infused track is led by the drum and electric guitar lines which both provide a strong backdrop for the other instruments and Kip's vocals. Lyrically interesting, the track is a journey through different instances of growin' up and I really like the way the song has been presented. I imagine it is fun to hear live!

Two of the rockier tracks on the album Beer Money and Somethin' 'Bout A Truck  will inevitably draw the listener into their catchy production. Beer Money is the more upbeat of the two, with it's 'good time' feel and punchy drum line. I'm sure listeners will find themselves quickly singing along to the track. Somethin' 'Bout A Truck has an altogether different production, focusing on the slicker side of a rock influenced track. The production of the whole track is really strong, with a different instrument added to each verse as the pace builds up to the chorus. This carries the listener along smoothly and seems to slip effortlessly into the chorus.

There are a few more tracks on the album that really stuck out for me. Crazy One More Time has a sense of strength built up through a solid drum line that I am sure listeners will find themselves tapping their feet to and is also (yet another) strong track lyrically. Everything But You seems to fit Kip's vocal really well, he gives a heartfelt performance that makes the track feel as though it is a very personal to him.

Track listing....
1) Drive Me Crazy - Kip Moore, Kiefer Thompson
2) Beer Money - Kip Moore, Blair Daly, Troy Verges
3) Somethin' 'Bout A Truck - Kip Moore, Dan Couch
4) Everything But You  - Kip Moore, Trent Summar
5) Crazy One More Time - Kip Moore, Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey
6) Where You Are Tonight - Kip Moore, Blair Daly, Troy Verges
7) Hey Pretty Girl - Kip Moore, Dan Couch
8) Reckless (Still Growin' Up) - Kip Moore, Dan Couch
9) Up All Night - Kip Moore, Brett James
10) Fly Again - Kip Moore, Dave Lapsley, Dan Couch
11) Faith When I Fall - Kip Moore, Brett James
Deluxe edition....
12) Mary Was The Marrying Kind - Kip Moore, Dan Couch, Scott Stepakoff
13) Motorcycle - Kip Moore, Brett James
14) Somethin' 'Bout A Truck (Acoustic version) - Kip Moore, Dan Couch

This debut album from Kip is definitely an impressive one and if you haven't come across it yet I would definitely recommend it! His distinctive tone seems to be at home in each of these songs and there is enough differentiation in the production throughout the album to make sure the listener isn't bored. It also has to be said that he is an incredibly talented songwriter as well as coming across as a very sweet, down to earth person (check out our chat below). I'm really looking forward to seeing him as part of the Country To Country Festival and to hearing what his next album brings!

I was recently able to catch up with Kip and ask him some questions....

What first drew you to country music?
I love the story telling aspect of the songs and that's what first lured me in. My mum was always playing Willie Nelson records around the house and I loved the whole story telling thing behind it. My dad was a huge Bob Seger fan and Bruce Springsteen who were also big story tellers. I feel like Seger, if he was around today, he would be in country music. So I think that was it, I love the truth and the lyrics, the honesty, the vulnerability, all those things together.
How did you receive your first guitar?
I didn't receive it, I was eighteen years old and I had to sell some junk to actually be able to purchase my first guitar when I was in college. I had to pawn a few things and I was able to get a really cheap guitar.
And do you still have that guitar?
I do not, I had to sell that to get other things! [laughs] I've had to sell a few things to get to certain places.
You've written quite a lot of songs, do you find it hard to write?
At times I do, it's definitely a difficult process sometimes. Sometimes it's really easy, sometimes it can be a pain in the ass. A lot of times it's really hard to get out what you want to say. I might get stuck for several days, some weeks, some months and then sometimes I can write one in thirty minutes, it all varies. But it definitely gets easier and easier the more you work at your craft.
What would you say has been the hardest track to write?
A new song on the upcoming record called "Heart's Desire" was the most difficult track I've ever written. I always felt like there was such a special thing with the music and I probably wrote three or four different songs on top of that melody until I finally landed on the lyric that I wanted to write. A lot of times when you have such connection with the music - because I came up with all the musical arrangements first and the melody - I felt like it was such a special melody that I couldn't fall short on the lyric side of things so I kept challenging myself to make it better.
If you could be known specifically for any of your tracks which would you like it to be?
Off the first record, off "Up All Night" I would say "Crazy One More Time". Off this upcoming record I would say "The Comeback Kid".
Which song do you wish you had written and why?
"Sunday Morning Coming Down" by Kris Kristofferson. Just because I think that's one of the most special lyrics ever and it captures what it means to live in solitude and be very vulnerable in that moment in such a unique way. It captures it in such a unique way.
Which artist would you like to collaborate with and why?
You know I'd have to say Bruce Springsteen because he's always been who I've studied and looked up to the most as a writer and as an artist.
How do you feel your live show has developed?
It just develops naturally the more confidence that you get. I feel like you learn how to take people through peaks and valleys a lot better. You develop with your segways in between songs the more you play. If you're paying attention to your craft and you're trying to get better then you're only going to get better in time and it just takes time because that's how you learn. I go back and I watch videos of the show and I try to figure out where I need to improve and I think if you take your job seriously then you will improve.
What track is the most fun to perform live?
I'd say "Crazy One More Time" is still always the most fun one to perform for me. 
If you could create any tour to be a part of who would you pick?
You know, I'm actually getting to tour with him this summer. I really wanted to tour with Dierks Bentley for a long time and I get to tour with him this summer. I just respect him as a person and as a writer, musician a whole lot. So him, I would say Miranda Lambert would be one of them and I would say, I'd love to get a chance to go out with a guy like Bob Seger or Bruce Springsteen at some point.
You're travelling up to the release of your sophomore album, can you give any more details about that?
Yeah, new single comes out February 2nd and the record will come out probably late April. It's just going to be a very intense, gritty record. I think this record's going to even speak more about who I am as a person and a writer and I think fans are going to really dig the approach to this record.
Will that be released over in the UK?
Yes it will and "Up All Night" will be released in the UK I think at the end of February.
What would you say was the best moment in your career so far?
I would say this past fall getting to headline my first major tour. It just was validation for all the hard work we've put in throughout the years and earning a fan base that are loyal and for the promoters to believe in us to make us be the headliners for a big tour.
Where would you like to see your career take you?
To the UK in a couple of months [laughs] To be honest I try to live in the present and I try to just focus on what I can do right now. 
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
You know I wish I had something brilliant to tell you but I don't remember any point of advice that I got along the way. It was a pretty isolated struggle for a long time. The advice that I got was from watching other artists and trying to figure out what they were doing right and what I was doing wrong.
How does it feel now to start getting the awards, more radio recognition, things like that?
It feels like you think it would. It's a very validating thing, it lets you know the whole journey hasn't been in vain. It's nice to be recognised for your hard work.
What is your favourite part about being a musician?
To get to see the impact that you have on people's lives by watching their faces during the show. I don't think there's anything more rewarding than that, to see the impact that you have on people's personal lives.
What is your least favourite part?
That's a hard hard thing....I think in today's social media society the way lies can be talked about you, anybody can make anything up and post it and then everybody believes it. I've always been a pretty private person and to have people attack your privacy and your character, it will really piss you off pretty bad so you just try to learn to let all that stuff go. 
You're set to play Country To Country Festival in March, are you excited to get to play in front of European fans?
Hell yeah! [laughs] Hell yeah I am. I can't wait, I've been hearing about how passionate these fans are ever since I've started playing music. You hear about how great European fans are. I'm always seeing all these shows in Europe and how amazing the crowds are so to get a chance to get in front of those fans, that's a dream come true. 
Do you plan on returning to bring a full tour to Europe?
You always hope that you're going to be successful enough to do that so yeah, I'd love to do that at some point.
Thank you to Kip for his time, I hope everything continues to go well for him!