Kip Moore pleased his passionate fan base this week by announcing a September 8th release date for his third album titled SLOWHEART. The album will contain his current single “More Girls Like You,” which is steadily climbing country charts.
Moore has an undeniable connection with his fans. As anyone who has attended one of his live shows can confirm, you leave with the feeling that you’ve somehow gotten to know him simply through his fan interaction and ability to connect with the audience. He holds nothing back on stage or on his albums.
While Moore’s first two albums Up All Night and Wild Ones may not have earned him the commercial success he would have liked, it seems that the fan reaction and response is what matters most. As a thank you of sorts he released a surprise EP titled Underground last fall to hold fans over until he was able to put out another full length album.
Moore’s SLOWHEART track list boasts a plethora of potential hits and he’s once again teamed up with some of Nashville’s top songwriters on the project. Although this album contains previously unreleased tracks, many fans will likely recognize a song or two as Moore has been known to pull out a few new tunes during a show.
Below are five of the reasons we can’t wait for the new album.
- Songwriting, Songwriting, Songwriting: Magic seems to be made when Moore collaborates with frequent co-writers Dan Couch, Westin Davis, Troy Verges, and Luke Dick. He’s teamed up with these heavy hitting writers again along with the notable Blair Daly, Steven Olsen, Josh Kear and more. One of our favorite songs to make the album is the seemingly autobiographical “Guitar Man” written by Moore, Couch, and Davis. It’s a retrospective look at just how far he’s come, singing “I woke to the rise of the sun going down, I can still taste the whiskey fresh on my mouth, hot cup of coffee, smoke in my hand, another day in the life of the guitar man.”
- Killer Melodies & Guitar Riffs: Moore is notorious for his infectious melodies and guitar riffs. Examples can be found in both “Bitter Sweet Company” and “Last Shot.”
- Honesty: Never one to shy away from bucking the establishment, Moore will no doubt continue down this path with SLOWHEART. He’s talked openly about his fight to get where he is in his career and his lack of commercial radio success but above all he stresses the importance of staying true to who he is. SLOWHEART marks the first time Moore has recorded a song he hasn’t written and it actually contains two, “I’ve Been Around” and “The Bull.” In a recent interview with Rolling Stone County, Moore explains why “The Bull” appealed to him. He says, “Anybody that’s had any doubt in me. I heard all the rumbles when I went away for a minute from radio. I heard what other promoters, other labels, said about me. That’s my middle finger to everybody and saying, ‘Fuck that, we’re going strong.’ I’ve always been that guy in the song.”
- Reality Checks: Moore has been outspoken about his love/hate relationship with social media. At his shows he will often stop mid-song and question a fan about why they can’t disconnect from their phone, urging him or her to put it away and just live in the moment. “Blonde” takes a look at the fake lives people often post about on their social media accounts, only accounting the perfect events and not their real life experiences. “You ain’t even blonde girl, or even true to your roots”.
- Just Damn Good Music: With his unique, smokey/raspy vocals, high energy performances and ability to stay true to himself, Moore’s forthcoming album is sure to highlight what he’s oh so good at.
Track list for SLOWHEART
1. “Plead the Fifth” (Luke Dick, Josh Kear)
2. “Just Another Girl” (Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Ben Helson)
3. “I’ve Been Around” (Moore, Dan Couch)
4. “Fast Women” (Moore, Blair Daly, Davis, Troy Verges)
5. “Bitter Sweet Company” (Moore, Josh Miller, Verges)
6. “Sunburn” (Moore, David Garcia, Miller, Steven Olsen)
7. “More Girls Like You” (Moore, Olsen, Miller, Garcia)
8. “The Bull” (Jon Randall, Dick)
9. “Blonde” (Moore, Olsen, Miller, Garcia)
10. “Good Thing” (Moore, Miller, Verges)
11. “Last Shot” (Moore, Couch, David Lee Murphy)
12. “Try Again” (Moore, Garcia, Miller)
13. “Guitar Man” (Moore, Couch, Davis)