MCA Nashville singer-songwriter Kip Moore will release his debut album, Up All Night, on April 24 and he’s already earning rave reviews from journalists as the project’s debut single, ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” has become a Top 20 hit.
“The song doing great is a huge accomplishment, but the fact that I’m getting to release a whole record, something I’ve put so much energy into over the years, is the biggest accomplishment in my music career thus far,” Kip says. “I am so excited for people to get a chance to hear this record because I feel like it is an emotional record and I want to be able to move people like the records moved me growing up.
“From top to bottom, it is a very emotional, gritty record,” says Kip, who co-wrote every song on the Brett James-produced album. “I think that people will be moved to be happy and sad and feel a lot of different emotions in one with this record.”
“Up All Night” is one of his favorite songs on the album, and he chose that as the title of his album because the phrase has several meanings to him. “This record came about from me being up all night,” he says. “There are two parts: being up all night and doing the party scene and living life and grabbing it while I had the moment, which is why I was able to write these songs, and also being up all night in the studio and listening to records and writing until three or four in the morning. Those are the times when you are completely alone and vulnerable, when it’s three or four in the morning and you don’t know anybody and you aren’t really hanging out with a crowd.
“I have been away from my family and a lot of my friends since I was 17,” he says. “I like to be alone, but at the same time, it creates a vulnerability that I don’t have if I have people around me all of the time. I am a lot more honest when I am alone in those times.”
He is excited about how quickly “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” is moving up the charts. “I don’t feel like I have quite wrapped my head around what is happening yet,” he says. “It is obviously a humbling and amazing feeling.”
The common threads of Up All Night are universal coming-of-age themes as well as the roller coaster of love and loss. He relied on his personal experiences of growing up in the small town of Tifton, Ga., to craft these songs, whether it’s about the fun times of his youth in “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” and “Beer Money” to troubled teens finding refuge in each other in the anthemic “Drive Me Crazy.” “Crazy One More Time” is about a powerful reunion with a lost love and the romantic “Hey Pretty Girl” is about the ideal version of a forever love. “Reckless (Growing Up)” is a semi-autobiographical take on his journey from Georgia to Nashville and the grateful “Faith When I Fall” was penned the day after he was offered his record deal.
Kip receives an enthusiastic response to these songs when he performs them live, as he will do when he joins Billy Currington and David Nail on tour later this month. “I’ve been out on tour with Billy several times and he’s a cool dude who is also really kind, so it will be fun. Billy knows how to have a good time and my band knows how to have a good time too, so I hope you’ll come join the party.”
Also this month, Kip is partnering with Red Bull for multiple “Spring Break Bash” appearances in Panama City Beach, Fla., including two Walmart acoustic performances and signings as well as two full-band club shows. The partnership includes Walmart in-store signage and sweepstakes to win VIP passes to the club shows where all attendees will be given an unreleased acoustic version of Kip’s single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.”
The performances are:
Monday, March 5— 11 a.m. – noon at Walmart, 10270 Front Beach Rd.;
4- 6 p.m. at Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort , 17403 Front Beach Rd.;
Monday, March 12 at 11 a.m. – noon at Walmart, 10270 Front Beach Rd.;
4-6 p.m. at Spinnaker Beach Club & Paradise Grill, 8795 Thomas Dr.