Kip Moore Opens Up About His New Album and Fellow Country Stars

Kristen Barlowe
Kristen Barlowe

Kip Moore's highly anticipated second album, Wild Ones, comes out on Aug. 21, and we caught up with the singer to talk about his new music, his favorite things, and his fellow country stars. The 35-year-old singer-songwriter has won over plenty of fans thanks to his first album, Up All Night, plus all his time spent on the road. He's joined Dierks Bentley on tour, and he'll be hitting the stage when he kicks off the Wild Ones tour in October. Check out more of the year's hottest country stars, and keep reading for Kip Moore's insightful, charming, and sometimes hilarious comments on everything from his go-to karaoke song to what comes to mind when he thinks of singers like Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood.

POPSUGAR: I'm so happy to be able to talk to you! I really love the new album. What was the writing process like this time around since you spent so much time on the road?

Kip Moore: It was a lot more organic in the sense that most of these songs I came up with the guitar riff during soundcheck, and I would let those songs kind of marinate for a while to start off. I would put my earphones on at night and I would listen to the guitar riffs, I would hum different melodies over the riffs, and then I would wait for a while for the lyric to come to me. I wouldn't force it.

PS: You've said you wrote "I'm to Blame" to capture who you are. Is that a standout song on the album for you?

KM: That song was more about being pissed off — being pissed off about how I feel nobody has a backbone these days. Everybody's always wanting something to blame on somebody else, nobody wants to own up to anything. And I always think it's kind of fearless in my approach to . . . I'm not fearless on the road, but I'm fearless in taking risks. And when you take a risk, there's a good chance that the wrong thing is going to happen first, before you can get to the right one. That's all I meant by that, and I just was kind of pissed off.

PS: The blue suits in that music video are amazing, by the way. Any plans to break that out at parties?

KM: No, no, I don't. I don't have any plans to right now, but I woke up with that idea and I called my director and I said, "This is what we're going to do."

PS: So is there a song that's become your favorite on the album, or is that changing all the time?

KM: It changes a lot. "That Was Us" has been my favorite so far. It's such a storyteller song, and it paints such a picture.

PS: Let's talk about love for a second. Do you think it's easier to write about love or heartbreak?

KM: I would say, for me, it's easier to write about the heartache of being trapped — trapped in your own kind of desperation of being out of that place that you're in.

PS: Do you have a favorite country love song?

KM: Favorite country love song? Merle Haggard, "A Place to Fall Apart."

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PS: Now I have some quick questions for you . . . what's your go-to karaoke song?

KM: "Purple Rain," Prince.

PS: What's your favorite TV show?

KM: Breaking Bad.

PS: What's your guilty pleasure?

KM: Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

PS: How do you like to spend a day off?

KM: Surfing.

PS: If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

KM: Bob Seger.

PS: OK, so I'm going to do a little word association with country stars. I'll say a name, and then you say the first words that come to mind.


PS: Dierks Bentley.

KM: Nicest guy in America.

PS: Tim McGraw.

KM: Driven.

PS: Miranda Lambert.

KM: Full of piss and vinegar.

PS: Luke Bryan.

KM: Completely genuine and open.

PS: Sam Hunt.

KM: Swag.

PS: Blake Shelton.

KM: Coolest cat in town.

PS: Carrie Underwood.

KM: Legs.