Kip Moore Relishes Roadwork With Charlie Worsham, Sam Hunt

CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke Continues This Week in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota

As Kip Moore recovers from the first weekend of headlining CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke , he’s ready for more roadwork with Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt.

“These are the guys that I wanted,” he said. “I got the guys that I wanted.”

Moore is the first to admit you might be hard-pressed to find any common musical ground among the three acts, but he says the combination makes for a magical show.

“I know we all respect what each other does,” Moore says. “We’re all very different. We’re all very different onstage, but they are killer. They’ve been awesome.”

Besides immense talent, one thing Moore, Worsham and Hunt have in common, however, is a special gift with words.

One listen to Moore’s debut album, Up All Night, will tell you he’s first and foremost a songwriter. Coming-of-age stories, life lessons, heartbreak, vivid imagery — it’s all there. That’s his passion. Whether it’s a tune about getting wild, settling down or just being alive, when he plays it, you’ll feel it.

Worsham is no different, crafting heartfelt storylines about everything from love to life in general with his debut album, Rubberband. His songs transcend demographics. Whether you’re a teenage girl or a guy in the midst of a midlife crisis or someone’s grandparent, you’ll identify. There will be a song that speaks to you.

And Hunt, well, don’t get me started on that one. It was musical love at first listen. Infectious melodies, great stories, hooks so catchy they’ll nuzzle into your ears and live for days on end. It’s hard to not fall for Hunt’s unique style and innovative production. His music is fun to listen to — period. His debut album, Montevallo, is set for release on Oct. 27.

So is there a chance the three could collaborate? Moore admits the co-writing wheels are already rolling.

“Charlie and I have written some,” he said. “I’m sure that Sam and I will by the end of the tour.”

The tour continues this week with shows Thursday (Coronado Theatre in Rockford, Illinois), Friday (Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Saturday (Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis).

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.