With his fourth studio album Wild World set for 29 May release, country/roots singer-songwriter Kip Moore has today (17) shared another preview track, ‘Southpaw.’ After an exclusive launch with American Songwriter, it’s now generally available to listen to here:
Moore co-wrote ‘Southpaw’ with Westin Davis, and produced it himself. Billboard has described the song as a “guitar-heavy arena-rocker celebrating the underdog.”
“I don’t want my edges to be smoothed”
Says Moore himself: “’Southpaw’ started from a feeling of being on the outside looking in on modern society. I don’t want my edges to be smoothed to fit into a box. I woke up the day we wrote it feeling like I was born in the wrong era. I grew up a boxing fan and a Southpaw was always a rare sighting, unpredictable and hard to prepare for.
“I wrote the song with Westin Davis in South Dakota and we’ve always understood each other like brothers and being kind of cut from the same cloth. I knew he would get my headspace that day and he always brings the magic. And on the recording side of things, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much juice in a session.”’
Moore goes Southside
Moore co-wrote all but one track on Wild World, with help on specific tracks from David Garcia, Luke Dick and Blair Daly. Before the coronavirus lockdown, he completed a set of 40 sellout headlining shows in the US, Canada and the UK.
Currently nominated for an International Artist Achievement Award by the CMA in recognition of his extensive border-crossing touring, Moore is due to hit the road in the summer as special guest on Sam Hunt’s The Southside Summer Tour. The delayed schedule is now due to start on 10 July at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. More information at kipmoore.net.
The Wild World album is released on 29 May. Pre-order it here.