OFFSTAGE: There’s Somethin’ ‘Bout Kip Moore

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There is not somethin’ ’bout an Isuzu Stylus. Country newcomer Kip Moore knows that all too well. His “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” is climbing the charts, but back when he was in high school, he had to learn that truck lesson the hard way. “My first car was an Isuzu Stylus,” he told me. “And it was far from being a chick magnet. It was what was passed down to me from both of my brothers.” But on those blessed days when that Isuzu wasn’t running, Moore would borrow his dad’s old Chevy Silverado. That’s when he saw that somethin’.

“After this one date, when I walked back into the house, I tossed the keys to my dad and said, ‘Damn, Pa, there’s somethin’ ’bout a truck.’ My girl just wasn’t the same girl in the Isuzu as she was when I picked her up in my dad’s truck. It was like a whole ‘nother girl got in car with me. Or like a whole ‘nother woman came outta her. All the sudden, she was wild and vibrant,” Moore recalled. Fondly, I might add. “That Silverado sealed the deal for me. That’s how I got the idea for the song.” The song paints a picture of great night with the truck, a field, a girl, a beer and a kiss, and it’s nights like that that Moore loved the most. “When I was growing up, we’d create our own fun. We had to. Sometimes we’d sneak on a field. Sometimes it was someone’s dad’s farm. We’d let our tailgates down, drink beer, howl at the moon and shoot guns,” he said.

Right now, Moore is in the market for a new truck. And maybe even a girl, a beer, a kiss and that creek around 2 a.m.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.