Music Festivals

Kip Moore Is One Country Star Who's Not Down With Racism

Kip Moore
Kip Moore Courtesy of Tequila Bay Country Music Festival
Kip Moore
Courtesy of Tequila Bay Country Music Festival
If you had to take a stab at what side of the political line Kip Moore falls on, you might guess the one that wears red trucker hats with "Make America Great Again" stitched on them. After all, this is the singer and co-writer of Top 10 country songs with titles like "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," "Beer Money," and "Hey Pretty Girl."

So after the tragic events in Charlottesville a couple of weeks ago, it might have surprised some of Moore's Instagram followers when the country music star went all SJW on them.

Then there was this August 13 tweet:
After posting it, he took to the comments section to go into much deeper detail about his disgust with racism. He wrote about seeing racism firsthand while growing up in southern Georgia and the fights that would ensue when he heard friends use the derogatory N-word. He then described a simple solution to stop at least casual racism.

"Don't bitch about the state of the world if youre too lazy or too much of a puss to stand up to your friends when you hear them or see them doing racist shit. It starts with each one of us individually if we wanna change what this world looks like," he wrote. "Go out of your way to take care of people and spread kindness. I'm Not tryin to preach, but I'm way more concerned with the state of my fellow brother than the state of my Instagram following. Take a break from your 100th bathroom selfie and pay attention to what's taking place around you. oh and to those that spew hateful comments on social media all the time yet have 'Jesus lover' as your profile heading.. that would prolly provoke Jesus to slap your dumb ass."

Despite the punctuation that would make a copyeditor reach for Xanax, Moore's message was clear: If you're a racist, he doesn't want to be your friend, he doesn't want you to listen to his music, and he sure as hell doesn't want you to attend one of his concerts. Those who applaud this kind of gesture can cheer Moore on when he plays the Tequila Bay Country Music Festival September 3 at Miami Marine Stadium Park.

Beyond spouting socially conscious messages, Moore will probably play his old favorites along with new numbers from his upcoming album, Slowheart, which is set for release September 8. The tracks that have been released include the soulful acoustic number "Bitter Sweet Company"; the tempo-changing "The Bull"; his anthem against superficiality, "Blonde"; and the traditional ballad "More Girls Like You."

Moore said in an interview with the website Taste of Country earlier this year that Slowheart is a musical extension of his philosophy of harmony and inclusiveness. "That’s the thing about this record — there are so many colors. You get Motown influences, you get that old Skynyrd, Black Crowes rock 'n' roll feel,” he said. “This record is going to be a neat discovery for a lot of the diehard fans.”

Tequila Bay Country Music Festival. With Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Montgomery Gentry, Brooke Eden, RaeLynn, Shelly Fairchild, and others. 11 a.m. Sunday, September 3, at Miami Marine Stadium Park, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne. Tickets cost $55 to $150 via
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David Rolland is a freelance music writer for Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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