Kip Moore Is Staying True to Himself and Not Trying to Please Everyone

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Kip Moore is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 22, at Ak-Chin Pavilion.
It seems as though everything that Kip Moore has touched in recent years has turned to gold, or -- more specifically -- platinum. The Georgia-born country artist has had a string of hit songs since 2011, such as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," "Beer Money," and "Hey "Pretty Girl," all of which came from his debut album Up All Night.

Having finished his currently untitled second record -- which will feature his latest single, "Young Love" -- Moore plans to give fans a grittier and more intense listening experience than with his first album.

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The nominee for the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year award discussed his new disc with Up on the Sun during a recent phone interview, as well as what it's like to be on the road with Lady Antebellum on their Take Me Downtown tour, which is stopping at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Saturday, March 22.

You've been touring with Lady Antebellum and Kacey Musgraves - how have you been enjoying that so far?

[Laughs] It's been good! Lady A are really gracious hosts and they've been super kind to us. It's a very different fan base than our fan base so that's a good thing. It's been great to get in front of fans I might not get the chance to get in front of. We've had a good time, we really have. We've actually done some writing together and stuff and it's been a great tour so far.

Are these songs that we'll get to hear later or are they more for fun?

I don't know about that. Me, Charles [Kelley], and Dave [Haywood] have written some and we're going to write a little more out here so we'll see if any of them end up making it out at some point.

You have been nominated for ACM's New Artist of the Year, how does that feel?

[Laughs] It feels good, it does. It's one of those things where as long as a drive as I've been on and as hard as this road has been -- long before ["Somethin' 'Bout A Truck"] came out -- we were grinding as a band and a lot of times you just felt like nothing was ever going to happen. And what that whole award does. I don't focus on awards because it's out of my control - but it's one of those things where it's validation and it lets you know that your journey wasn't in vain.

Although you don't focus on awards, do you feel that this award will give you any kind of boost in your career on top of the success you've already had?

I have no idea. I know that I'm going on the right path, regardless. I've seen the growth of fans and I know what's happening live and I know what I have coming next with the new record and I just believe in what we're doing. So I believe there's going to be growth just from us playing our live shows.



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2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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