Moore wears a white cowboy hat and feels it carries a message, one his fans have responded to by giving him four No. 1 songs and buying nearly 2 million copies of his three albums.
Yet this weekend marks the first time he’ll appear on a major awards show in any capacity.
“I think with this nomination I learned that it bothers me a little more than probably I let on,” Moore said. “It’s human nature to kind of get a little disgusted with it when you know people are being nominated that you sell more albums than, that you sell more tickets than. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you and tell you it hasn’t bothered me because that would be a bald-faced lie. But nonetheless, I’m incredibly fortunate to have a nomination this year and I’m incredibly excited about it.”
Kip Moore says he’s at home in Nashville for the first time in more than a month, resting up midweek in an apartment he bought just a few months ago. Until then, he’d lived in a recording studio, reluctant to find a more permanent home as he relentlessly chased his dream and compulsively wrote songs.
The 34-year-old has so many, he could easily record two more albums to accompany a new release scheduled for later this year. His latest songs have a soulful Van Morrison-Motown feel, and he says he’s not afraid to channel any far-flung influence into his music.
“I was raised on Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seeger and John Cougar Mellencamp,” Moore said. “On the flip side of that, my mom raised me and my mom’s favorite was Willie Nelson, and she loved (Kris) Kristofferson. All of those that I just named were all the great American poets to me, and that’s what I always try to do from a lyrical aspect. And I love that rock ‘n’ roll side of things.”