12 Days of Christmas, 12 Questions With Kip Moore

Above Ground Tonight at Terminal 5

kip-mooreGeorgia native Kip Moore rocks Terminal 5 tonight (Thursday, December 1), headlining his “Me And My Kind Tour.” The “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” and “Beer Money” singer released a 5-song EP called “UNDERGROUND” this fall and he is sure to play this new material as well as his hit songs which also include “I’m To Blame” and timeless ballad “Hey Pretty Girl.” Fans can expect a rousing night of country music with rock show energy, fists in the air and the crowd in unison on some of Moore’s top songs. While on tour, Kip Moore spoke with NYCMonthly.com prior to his Terminal 5 show about one of his childhood Christmas traditions, how honored he was to play for Smokey Robinson recently and he shared why New York is a place he loves to play for his fans.

You’re back in NYC tonight, headlining Terminal 5 following a summer touring with Miranda Lambert. We’re smack in the middle of two major holidays, and you are playing one of the biggest venues in the area, what are you most looking forward to about this show?

I love any chance to be back in New York City. It has been a crazy year going from the UK and Australia, to the Miranda tour and now this tour, but being on the road is where I feel most at home. Jon Pardi who is out on the tour with us is such a solid guy and so we’re really raising some hell out there, and I think New York’s going to love the show. You have to experience it to know what I’m talking about.

Have you ever been to New York during Christmas or New Year’s and if so what do you like about NYC during the holidays?

Any great city like NYC is usually pretty good for the soul around the holidays. I think being in New York, playing to some of the best country music fans in the country is a great way to kick off the season.

You were part of the celebration of Smokey Robinson for the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song alongside a range of talent including Aloe Blacc, Jojo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Cee Lo Green, Esperanza Spalding and more. It’s not airing on PBS until February, but how did you get involved in such a high-profile event in Washington?

Honestly, I’m still on a high from that night, it was one of the most humbling and out of body experiences to be honoring one of my all time idols. Motown has always been a huge inspiration in my music and Smokey is such a legend. It was awesome too, to be up there with all those talented artists. It really was an amazing night.

Your second album Wild Ones came in 2015, and you recently posted a powerful quote from 2007 film “Into The Wild” on your Instagram about adventure and life’s path. Assuming you really identify with this story, what is it that you are drawn to about it?

You know, that quote just really hit home with me. I’m constantly trying to push myself both personally and professionally. If I’m not happy with where I am in life, I’m going to work hard to change it. It’s all about the journey and all the twists and turns have gotten me where I am today. I’ve learned to trust my gut a bit more.

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In October you released a five-song EP called Underground. Why these songs and why such a short project now?

We have some of the most die-hard fans out there, and we could feel it out on the road that the fans were ready for some new music. Just seeing people appreciate what you do, come out and support it, and sing the songs back, there’s not a better feeling in the world, and the EP was my way of trying to thank them.

Do you have a favorite Christmas tradition?

Growing up, I always looked forward to watching Christmas movies with my family. My Dad would take us to the video store and we’d watch videos all night long on Christmas Eve. We would stay up until three or four in the morning, then wake up two hours later to open presents.

You seem to have a lot of 80s influence in your music, especially “Wild Ones.” I even would compare your sound and your voice to that of Bryan Adams, John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. None of those guys are country, but all have some folk/singer-songwriter roots to them, which cross over to country. What are some of your all-time favorite 80s songs?

To be compared to those artists, who are some of my biggest influences, is a huge compliment. I do love the 80’s. I’ve always been sort of an old soul. As a kid, I listened to Bob Seger’s records on repeat.

Since you are a pretty fit guy, what are your fitness tips or dieting tips for surviving the holidays and how do you stay in shape while on tour?

It’s all about balance, but being healthy and working out is something I naturally enjoy and is important to me. I always try and make time to go to they gym, play some basketball with the band, I go crazy if I don’t!

Living in New York City is pretty complicated – the subway, the busy intersections, fast-paced living, small living spaces, millions of people. On your song “Complicated” you sing the clever lyric “sometimes complicated’s pretty damn good.” Can you elaborate on the meaning of this one?

I think the word complicated generally has a negative connotation, but it isn’t always a bad thing. Complicated can keep you on your toes and it’s better than boring, right?

You toured earlier this year in Europe – most country acts stick primarily to the US, but what was this experience like across seas and why do you think foreign audiences were so drawn to your music?

I love playing in the UK, it takes you out of your comfort zone. The audiences are attentive, open-minded and I feel like they connect with the music. I really had a blast and I’m already looking forward to my next trip over there.

Me and My Kind Tour is the name of your current tour  – what would you say is “your kind”?

I’d say hard-working people who aren’t afraid to take risks and be themselves. From my band to my fans, we are all so different but have this unified connection because of our music and that is the coolest feeling.

Your songs “Wild Ones,” “Magic” and “Lipstick” all have a real energy about them, a stadium-ready punch that is perfect for a live show. You even mention New York City in “Lipstick.” Can you speak to the rock show aspect of your show and what fans can expect this time around? 

Every single show, we lay it all on the line from start to finish. You’re always going to get passion from us. Our shows feel like big parties with a bunch of old friends. We are definitely in our element out on tour and it’s where some of our best memories are made.