Enter Kip Moore.
I’ve been on the Kip Moore bandwagon ever since I first heard the song “Up All Night”. It was spring of 2013 and, admittedly, I was squarely in the throngs of a quarter-life crisis, single, and was one of those shmucks who very much looked forward to sitting down and watching CW’s Hart of Dixie. That’s where I first heard it. That’s when my appreciation for Moore began.
Fast forward to now. The bandwagon has since evolved into a full-blown locomotive, and Moore continues to create music that resonates with as many blue collars as it does suits. A Georgia boy at heart with Nashville roots, he has slowly carved out his own brand of catchy, heart-on-your-sleeve tunes that we – everyday people just doing our best – can relate to and believe in. Some people call it country, others might say rock. I will simply tell you this: it doesn’t matter what label you throw on it, because it’s pretty damn good.
It shouldn’t come as a shock to read that his live shows are energetic, passionate, and a plain old good time. Ask the hordes of his faithful followers and they’ll tell you plain and simple: He shows out Every. Single. Time. In other words, Kip Moore puts on one hell of a show.
I saw him recently on his After the Sunburn tour with Jillian Jacqueline and The Wild Feathers at Louisville’s Palace Theatre – a masterpiece of architecture in its own right – and he did not disappoint in the least.
The Palace is a beautiful venue that’s warm and intimate. Admittedly, I more than once wondered how that would translate with Moore’s devout fan base.
As soon as the lights went down and the bass from the drums kicked in, I wondered no more.
Moore absolutely rocked the place. And the crowd devoured every strum of his guitar – belting out lyrics right along with him. He fed off that energy and never slowed down – except to thank the fans numerous times for coming out. For a little over two hours we were treated to songs from all three of his studio albums, as well as some deeper unreleased cuts, and he graciously gave us a taste of new song that he played acoustically. He even stuck around after the show to sign autographs and take pictures with fans (something I sadly missed out on).
As good as the show was with hits like “Beer Money”, “Somethin Bout a Truck”, “More Girls Like You”, and “Running For You” – the highlight for me came early (the fourth song of the night) when he struck up the one song that started this whole thing for me six years ago – “Up All Night”. It also happened to be the Mrs. and I’s three-year anniversary. That was perfect and made me a bigger fan than I already was.
On Saturday, September 29th I sat a few rows from the stage and I was that kid again. The same kid rocking along to his dad’s records, singing off-key, and feeling something. Inside of the Palace Theatre there was no whisper. It was a full-blown rebel yell. And I loved every damn minute of it.
We need Kip Moore. In a musical world filled to the brim with auto-tune and electronic beats, Moore is his own “I am what I am” brand of music. And that’s alright with me.