Kip Moore is no longer looking over his shoulder, musically speaking. As the Georgia native prepares to wrap up production on his next album, he's sticking to the tried-and-true belief that you must "write what you know."
This time, however, he's decided to mix that up a bit by looking around him for material instead of checking his rearview mirror.
Up All Night, Moore's debut was something of a nostalgic project for him. He has even called it his "looking back" record. Not that the fans minded one bit. The album was one of the biggest-selling country debuts of 2012 and gave us hits like "Somethin' Bout a Truck," "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl."
But while his past may have held all the inspiration for his first record, he says now it's the present day that interests and inspires him.
"This new record -- because my life has changed, and I'm seeing things I would've never seen -- is a more 'in the present' record," Moore says. "It's a much more intense record ... sonically, lyrically. It's just a different record."
That doesn't mean we're in any danger of losing that cool, smoky-voiced, shy Southern guy we grew to love on the first album. As Moore explains it, the new album is "saying things ... different than the way I said them on the first."
No official release date for the album has been announced. Moore is nominated for new artist of the year at this year's CMA Awards. He resumes his tour Saturday (Oct. 5) in Flagstaff, Ariz., before heading east for a series of dates in Oklahoma and Texas.