With 11 tightly woven tales of Southern, blue-collar life and love, Kip Moore introduced himself as a deft storyteller with a preternatural knack for nostalgia on his 2012 debut Up All Night. On Aug. 21, he’ll return with his anticipated follow-up Wild Ones, and today EW is excited to exclusively debut one of its tracks, “Magic.”
It’s a soul-rock scorcher on which Moore’s finally feeling something he can’t quite believe. “I kind of got to thinking about the way love is constantly described on the radio as this fairytale and how that just isn’t real,” the singer says of the tune he co-penned with Westin Davis and Luke Dick. “I’ve never really believed anybody who’s singing about that stuff—that’s where the opening lines ‘I never believed in fairy tales / Even when I was a kid / It sounded like another trick / To put us all to bed’ come from—and I want to believe what I’m hearing and singing about.”
“So we started with that concept,” he continues, “and we spun it to where I’m finally feeling it, that magic, and wanting to believe its real, and not slip away.”
Moore certainly didn’t rush into his second collection and for fans who’ve waited, some of what makes up Wild Ones will be familiar: Moore’s well-worn Georgia rasp, his ability to turn a phrase, meditations on what does and doesn’t work in relationships. Tracks like “That’s Alright With Me” and “That Was Us”, tip his signature ball cap to traditional country, but as a whole it’s bigger and blessedly, Wild Ones is louder. If the legacy of Springsteen and Seger winked around the edges of Up All Night, they’ve moved center here.
Elsewhere, Wild Ones is anthemic (“Lipstick”), cheeky (“What Ya Got On Tonight”), introspective (“Comeback Kid”) and occasionally, just pure American rock n’ roll (“Come And Get It”). Universally, the 13 tracks are desperate for a live audience—which some are currently getting as Moore’s out on Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer Tour. This fall he’ll headline his 20-date Wild Ones Tour.
Joining him on the road will be newcomer (and current holder of country music’s top single, “Kiss You In The Morning“) Michael Ray. Chris Cavanaugh, Joey Hyde, and country remixer/producer Dee Jay Silver will join for select dates. A full list of stops is below. Ticket and venue information is available on his website.
October 8th: Bethlehem, PA
October 9th: Pittsburgh, PA
October 16th: London, Ontario, Canada
October 17th: Toronto, Canada
October 22nd & 23rd: Chicago, IL
Ocober 30th: Boston, MA
October 31st: Baltimore, MD
November 5th: Knoxville, TN
November 7th: Cleveland, OH
November 13th: Orlando, FL
November 14th: Ft Myers, FL
November 19th: Nacogdoches, TX
November 27th: Myrtle Beach, SC
November 28th: Charlotte, NC
December 3rd: New York City, NY
December 4th: Sayreville, NJ
December 5th: Richmond, VA