OFFSTAGE: Is Kip Moore the Hillbilly Bruce Springsteen?

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Country newcomer Kip Moore was on Live With Kelly last week and really gave viewers a good idea of how unglamorous it can be when you’re out on the road before you’ve made it big. This is how he described his first “tour bus”: “The best way I could describe it is, we had this little … basically like an airport shuttle. It was converted with bunks,” he said. “I tell you what, get in a go-cart and ride through a field — wide open — and see if you can sleep on it.” And even though Moore no longer has that hitch in his gitalong, because he recently upgrade his bus situation, he admitted that he still has a lot to prove. When Kelly Ripa asked him what he thought of being called “the hillbilly Bruce Springsteen,” he said, “It’s a very humbling thing. I was a big fan of Bruce, but I mean, I haven’t achieved anything yet.” To which Ripa replies, “Are you saying this is not achieving something?”

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