Nashville headed for Tamworth

TOP selling country artist Kip Moore may be one of the biggest names in his home country, the USA, but Australia holds a special place in his heart.

He rekindles his relationship with his fans Down Under this week as he begins his Australian tour with a show in Winton with musical mates Lee Brice and Charlie Worsham.

As a special treat for regional fans, they will play shows in Winton, Queensland and Tamworth, NSW as well as city shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

“Australia has got a piece of my heart; it is special for me,” he said.

“I talk about it in all my interviews and this is something super unique for me and the band. I think the thing about Australia is that the fans have embraced me in a very special way and I have embraced them, so there is a lot of mutual love.”

Kip said he was drawn to Australia by the culture, the people and the food, but it was his fans’ love of his music that was most special for him.

“The first time I was over there Up All Night wasn’t even for sale over there and I was just so shocked that they knew the words to the songs,” he said.

“The last time I came over there CMC Rocks was one of the most special nights I’ve ever had playing music because of the passion that they were singing songs with. The highlight was getting to headline CMC and having the crowd sing the entire Wild Ones album back to me from start to finish.”

The singer said Australian audiences hadn’t heard Slowheart live as yet, so he hoped crowds would be singing those songs back to him on this tour.

Before he arrives to play the Country Music Capital of Tamworth, he will hit Winton in western Queensland and said he would study up on Waltzing Matilda, and he looked forward to seeing the countryside.

“I’ve only been to Sydney and Brisbane and Thredbo, so I’m going to be learning about the country towns when I get there,” he said.

“I’m hoping to one day get to explore all over that country and would love to go deep into the Australian outback.”

Kip said his crowd gravitated to authenticity in country music, so he wanted to touch his listeners with his songs.

“I think there is a maturity to the music, which means I’m not going to have much of a teenybopper fan base; that’s not really my crowd,” he said.

“My age range gravitate to authenticity, not just something they can sing along to, so I think it’s all about the music and the melodies. I hope my music has dug into their soul, and not just into their brains. I’ve always wanted to make music that touched people’s soul and maybe I’ve done that a little bit, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
The US country star said he was constantly writing new songs and was also non-stop touring this year through the US, UK, and Canada on top of the Australian eastern states tour.

“Thank you so much Australia for treating me the way you treated me for the last few years and embracing me in such a profound way that I will always take with me,” he said.

“The fans have truly made an impact on me and I will always thank them for that.”

The shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are sold out, but the Winton Way Out West Festival this weekend, April 19-22 still has tickets available, as does the Tamworth show on April 23.

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