Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the name Kip Moore should ring a bell by now. He broke out last summer with “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” and since then has released the feel good anthem for every college kid in the nation, “Beer Money” and now, the song every girl listens to secretly imagining it’s about her “Hey Pretty Girl.” I had the chance to watch Kip open for Eric Church last year on the “Blood, Sweat and Beers” tour and was immediately impressed. When the CMA Fest lineup came out, I was stoked to see Kip would be making his LP Field debut and would be appearing along with the rest of the immensely talented acts.
I knew we would be seeing him Friday night at LP Field, but when I found out he was playing at the HGTV Lodge early Friday morning, I dragged the team out of bed early to catch his set downtown. I love watching an artist play small, stripped down sets and in contrast, compare that to a big stadium sized production. It’s not often that an artist can transcend in both atmospheres, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Kip Moore is the real deal.
At the HGTV Lodge, Kip delivered an intimate set with his songs “Crazy One More Time,” “Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money” and “Something’ ‘Bout A Truck.” He also treated his fans to a new song, seemingly influenced by AC/DC and good ol’ fashioned 80’s rock and roll.
Kip’s stage presence is what I’d like to call “effortlessly cool.” It’s obvious that he’s a dedicated performer, hoping to share his stories through his music. He’s focused, determined and genuinely humbled. Somehow, he exudes confidence and modesty at the same time, a rare and remarkable quality to have as a performer. His voice, gritty and soulful with a hint of Springsteen, is unlike anything else in the Country genre right now.
That night Kip hit the stage at LP Field in his signature backwards red baseball cap, tank top, jeans and combat boots, and performed to his largest crowd to date. I was down in the photo line for his performance, and I experienced his set in a crowded space full of some of his biggest fans, which was a unique experience.
The most memorable part of the experience was watching Kip dedicate his song “Reckless (Still Growin’ Up)” to the record producer who told him he just didn’t have what it takes to make it big. Watching him up on that stage at LP Field, I couldn’t help but think “well who’s got the last laugh now?”
If you don’t already have his debut album “Up All Night” I have no idea what you’re waiting for. Head over to iTunes and get yourself a copy. Recommended tracks: “Reckless (Still Growin’ Up,” “Drive Me Crazy,” “Beer Money,” and “Crazy One More Time.”
– Written by Stephanie (Contributing Writer)