Monday, September 4, 2017

~ New Music Monday ~ September 4th, 2017 ~ SLOWHEART ~

Happy Labor Day Music Lovers!! I hope that all of you that got a extra day for the weekend have been able to rest, relax and really enjoy this beautiful weather. Today the CMA Nominations were announced and while I do plan to discuss those, right now if I discussed them it would probably be in all swears. So, let's talk about NEW MUSIC!!! I admit, with the release of  "Truck", "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl", I was not really a Kip Moore fan. I dug the tunes, but was kind of "eeh" about it. Fast forward to a bit of a rough spot for me, a red carpet interview Moore did with Katie Cook, and the preparations for the release of "I'm to Blame". It is a story that if I ever decide to tell in full would require it's own post, but I just wanna say this, Kip's tunes got to me at a time when I needed them most. They also answered several prayers that I had been praying for a long while. I know, I know, how can a song about beer money be an answer to a prayer??!! It is always amazing to me how God chooses to work and what/who He chooses to use to speak to us. It isn't always in a neat, tidy and obvious way, but this is another story for another time, let's talk, "SLOWHEART".

Kip Moore - "More Girls Like You"

THIS FRIDAY Kip Moore releases "SLOWHEART" to the masses. Both fans old and new have been awaiting this record with almost, if not more excitement than we did "Wild Ones". Quick reminder, there was about a three year gap between "Up All Night" and "Wild Ones" so that wait was particularly grueling for the legit faithful followers of Moore and the Slow Hearts. With the days approaching "Wild One's" I don't think I was so much anticipant as just excited for Kip and the guys to finally get another body of work out there. Moore has a habit of playing new stuff live in the midst of working it out and deciding if he will record it or not. So, with a three year gap a lot of "Wild One's" was already out there. With "SLOWHEART" there are a couple we know, but a dominate amount that is brand new to us and that makes me excited in a totally different way. It is my opinion that as we get older there are just fewer things we get to be excited about because it is brand new, ya know?! Moore has been releasing a single and a correlating video each week leading up to full album release date to keep the hungry fans fed. This last week we were given a plate full with the ability to stream the entire album courtesy of NPR. You too can live stream the entire album NOW by clicking HERE !! Also, don't forget that "SLOWHEART" can be pre-ordered now at as well as iTunes!!!

With "SLOWHEART" on a continual loop for the last five days I have some favorites. I can honestly say that I adore the entire album and if this doesn't get Moore the recognition he so rightly has earned and deserves with the industry and at radio then I am probably just gonna give up on them all and rip the radio right out of my car. That sounds drastic, but it is kinda how I feel about this radio and awards situation. I wanted to go ahead and highlight a few of my faves from the album and why I love them so, lets get groovin'!!

Kip Moore - "Just Another Girl"
"Just Another Girl", is one of the tunes we have had the chance to hear Moore work out live over the last few years. The above is a live performance and one of the tunes first exposures to a live crowd. I love this song and really hope that it gets to be a single and have a video. I think that it deserves a visual to go along with the story that Moore has painted lyrically. Kip has enlisted P.J. Brown from Life in Rewind, to once again help with visual content for "SLOWHEART". The first, current, and fastest moving Moore single to date, "More Girls Like You", was also created by Brown. So far he has given us four online videos for "SLOWHEART" songs, but a second single hasn't been announced yet so, I look forward to what is next from these two.
A track that fans had their fingers crossed would make it to the album is, "Plead the Fifth". Performed a few times live we got that confirmation it would be on the album a month or so ago. I have seen so much chatter online over this single that I'm not sure what will happen to Moore and the guys if this doesn't get released as a single w a video, LOL!!! "Plead the Fifth", is only the second song ever that Moore has tracked to release that he has not written or co-written himself. The other being, "The Bull", which is also on "SLOWHEART". You can hear from Kips own lips his reasoning in the clip below.

Kip Moore - the Making of "Plead the Fifth"

Kip Moore - "Bittersweet Company" Acoustic
"Bittersweet Company" is one of the pre-release singles that one gets instantly when preordering "SLOWHEART". The companion video is of the acoustic version of the tune and the track on the album is full band. In my heart of hearts I have my fingers crossed that the acoustic version is a hidden track on the actual disc. I like the band version as well, but there is just something that hurts in all the right ways with the acoustic of this song. Give it a listen in the video above and then on NPR and decide for yourself.

I seriously am loving "SLOWHEART" so much that it is a genuine struggle to not discuss every song in this post, but I am doing my best to simply highlight and as time goes on, singles get released, etc. to speak further. So, for today next will be "Blonde" and it's accompanying video. Moore is zero percent shy about his distaste for social media and the effect it is has had on our ability to actually be social in real life. He has lovingly and comically lectured fans mid show, taken their phones for viewing the in real life experience through the screen of their phone and he mocks selfies, I feel safe saying, basically every chance he gets. I unintentionally used the word "Basic" while discussing selfies, but it works out, LoL!! While I agree with some, SOME of Kips ideas on social media, vanity, selfies, etc. I also disagree with him on others. In all fairness I think the fact he is a male, a male that is known by many, a person who has someone following him with a camera a lot of the time, and a artist hat has audience members flinging under garments at him on stage would make it difficult for him to possibly understand the points in which I disagree with him. Also, different strokes, different folks and that's alright with me, little throw back lyric for ya there. Give "Blonde" a watch and a listen and feel free to let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree with the analysis Moore gives with "Blonde". I do think that with these lyrics Kip got it all very right for the most part. I do agree with the selling of souls and willingness to show/overshare via socials. Some of my followers may be surprised by that, LoL!!

Kip Moore - "Blonde"

Kip Moore - "Good Thing"
Vid fr Kip's Socials
O.K., like I said earlier, I could talk about this album all the day long, but, BUT, I am going to refrain and leave you with my current, most favorite track, "Good Thing". Sadly, there is not a full accompanying video other than the teaser from Kip's socials, but luckily we have that beautiful NPR stream to turn to for the full audio. I LOVE "GOOD THING"!!!!! Every little thing about it is, good, no, GREAT!!! I feel this way rarely about the entirety of a song by any artist, but I felt this way about "Up All Night" from Kip's first album of the same name and I feel that way now with "Good Thing". EVERY THING ABOUT IT!!!!! LOVVVVVVEEEEEEE!!!!! I feel that you hear a lot of Moore's musical influences throughout the entire album, but there is just something about this one that truly stands out for me. Give it a download, a listen and decide for yourself. I personally have my fingers crossed that this one makes it to single and full video status.



Kip Moore - "Guitar Man"
Live at Bobby Bones Show in Nash

I lied, one more, "Guitar Man"!!! "Guitar Man" is the last official track of "SLOWHEART" and a autobiographical one a that. Moore has been planning this one, working it and re working it for a while now. I had no doubt that it would make it onto one of his albums, but I think the length of the song will keep it from radio and video countdowns. Which is fine by Kip according to discussions he has had about the song in interviews, etc. He knew from the get it wouldn't be a single kind of song, but it was so his story that it had to make it to live shows and hopefully a album, which it has. I believe the first live performance of it I saw was just under 8 minutes. To give you something to measure with....Dierks current radio single "What the Hell Did I Say" is 3:27, Stapletons "Fire Away" is 4:04, Maren Morris' "My Church" 3:18 and Moore's Hit, "Something "Bout a Truck" is 3:34. A bit of comparison for what is consider long and had to be edited for radio is Guns -N- Roses "November Rain" in video form is at 9:08 the radio edit is just under 6 min and you gotta figure in DJ's talking over intro's and outs. Skynyrds "Free Bird" is also 9:04 with different radio edits trimming it down by almost half. Just to give a little perspective. I don't know that Kip would want "Guitar Man" edited down since he considers it a bit of his story as an artist, performer and human being. The video above is not one of the longer versions, but again, radio. The album cut of this track is a bit different than what has been on Youtube from live performances, but I like both versions a lot.

O.K. for realsies this time, I am done........for now. THIS FRIDAY SLOWHEART OFFICIALLY DROPS and I am so excited I can hardly stand it. As I said, most of the, let's call them alumni, fans have been streaming the thing since NPR posted it and already have words memorized.....guilty as charged. I preordered the album from Kips site and am tempted to wait by my mail box until it arrives, but I'll not.......probably. I'll just keep that NPR loop going to hold me over.

Guys, I am picky with what I give my whole hearted musical approval to, but "SLOWHEART" is on that list. I can NOT wait to see what this album does. I have been praying, yes, praying, that it gets into the right folks hands so that it might get the much deserved radio air time, publicity, chatter, etc. that it should. I can't imagine what an artist feels leading into a released, but in my mind it is nerves on top of nerves.

Kip, your fans, we have you. We are LOVING, "SLOWHEART" and can NOT wait for the rest of the world to get a proper listen. Thank you for staying to true to who you are as an artist and not letting trends, industry, or social media haters get you down and keep you down. I've said this before and I'll say it again, your real fans have your back. They are your front line of defense and loudest cheerleaders. They will always travel for you, pay for those Meet and Greets, vote and request (sometimes to the point of harassment) as long as you are always you. Congrats on the perfection that is "SLOWHEART"!! Now, get on the road and melt some faces!!!!

For my fellow behind the music kind of fans, here is a vid from the release of "Up All Night", Kips first album. I get butterflies in my stomache just imagining the butterflies in all of theirs at times like release dates.

Kip Moore - "Up All Night" Release
by Life in Rewind/P.J. Brown

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