Kip Moore and his loyal fanbase kicked off Fall Friday night (Sept 21) at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom as part of the Georgia-bred singer-songwriter’s “After The Sunburn” Tour.
The evening began with Nash FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy welcoming the crowd and introducing openers Caroline Jones and The Wild Feathers. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jones, and opening act at our Country Night on the Water with Jackie Lee last summer, started the evening with a combination of both covers and songs from her album Bare Feet. Nashville band, The Wild Feathers followed with a setlist from their past albums as well as their recent release Greetings From The Neon Frontier.
Just about half past nine, Headliner Kip Moore took the stage, opening with with “Fast Women” from his most recent album Slowheart (September 2017). Other songs from the album included “Plead The Fifth”, “Sunburn”, “Blonde”, “Last Shot” and “The Bull”.
“Sometimes you get into the room and you already know the electricity is already nice,” drawled Moore before good time anthem “Beer Money” from the best-selling debut album by a male in 2012 and 2013 “Up All Night” (April 2012). Other fan favorites in the show included “Wild Ones”, “I’m To Blame”, “Dirt Road”, “That’s Alright With Me”, “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” and “Young Love”.
Moore introduced “More Girls Like You” saying: “These are the kind of nights you hope for anytime you get on stage, so y’all know what’s up with this one right here”. Several times throughout the show, Moore took a sip from his signature stage bottle of whiskey and mentioned his getting scolded about stage time. “Y’all getting down in the balconies up there, I see y’all. Thank you for showing us so much love; it’s so good to be here tonight,” he said.
A special moment came later in the show when Moore performed “Everything But You” for the first time in a while. “This is from the first record,” he said, “Tell ya what, hang on one second; we gonna try it right now. See that’s a badass band up here, ya know what I mean. Y’all forgive us if we mess this up, we gonna give it a go!” The song was performed with true emotion—and every note went off without a hitch.
“Separate Ways” closed out the setlist with Moore shimmying across the stage, swilling whiskey, exclaiming “this makes you wanna move” and explaining: “There are strict rules in this place, we’re already over time so we’re trying to get as much material as we can for you guys but they’re already like fining my ass by every minute, so I figured we would come back out and do one for the true die hard fans right now.”
The evening ended with an encore in true Kip Moore fashion. He treated the audience to a brand-new, never-heard-before song from his forthcoming album. “This is all I am gonna ask: I know we live in a day and age where everybody feels like everything needs to be recorded. This is your special night, this song is not be shared.” Just like that, every phone went down and fans were immediately hung up on the moment, completely entranced by Moore’s performance. It was a truly special night for the audience, and one to be remembered.
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