Kip Moore: The UnReview

Live Show Reminds Me of What I Love

I was worried I’d forgotten how to love live music.

I’m ashamed to admit that when you go to concerts for a living, the shows can become more about the business than the pleasure.

My head is usually buried in my notebook, trying to take notes in the dark.

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I have to shush people who ask me questions — “Are you writing in your diary or something?” — which always seems to be right when the artist is tuning his guitar and telling some great story to kill the time.

I document the backing band. Are there three guitars and a fiddle? Or did that steel guitar player just pick up a banjo? And who the hell is playing that harmonica?

I ask tall people to tell me what the artist is wearing.

And I assess the vibe of the crowd during every song.

But Kip Moore was my savior on Friday night (Oct. 23). I left my notebook at home and took the night off so that I could go to the show as a fan instead of a journalist. And I’m so glad I did.

It’s only been four years since Moore had his break out song “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck,” but he managed to fill the night with old hits, crowd pleasers, new tunes and cover songs. The sold-out crowd, myself included, sang along on nearly every one.

Moore made me realize that even though I’m lucky enough to make a living out of loving country music, sometimes it’s cool just to love it.

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