Given his druthers, Kip Moore would have his second album out already.
But the country singer and songwriter's lesson this year has been learning the way his chosen business works.
The Georgia native's 2012 debut, "Up All Night," was a Top 5 success that spawned three Top 10 singles, including the chart-topping "Something 'Bout a Truck." But when the first two songs slated for its followup -- "Young Love" and "Dirt Road," failed to generate the same kind of heat, Moore, 34, found himself "learning to play a different hand" than what he expected to be dealt.
"Sometimes life hands you a card that you might not have wanted, and you've got to learn how to play that card," says Moore, who came to Nashville as a songwriter first before becoming an artist in his own right. "I have a lot of fans who are mad about it taking this long. But we still need that big single to get up the charts in order for (the record company) to release the album.
"So when 'Dirt Road' stalled out, we had to regroup. We had to regroup and come up with something else. There was a lot of disagreeing in certain things, and I can be very bullheaded, too. But in the end we all agreed on what's the best way to move forward."
The silver lining, Moore notes, is that what comes out in 2015 "is going to be a stronger record." He recorded more songs, including a recent batch that he's particularly happy with and which he hopes will yield his next single, which will come out early in the new year.
"To be honest, it's not that much different than what I was doing already with this (second) record," Moore explains. "I might have gone a little too aggressive or too intense with what I was doing. What I had to do was quite thinking and just enjoy writing again and let it go from there.
"I mean, I love the other stuff I was doing, and I love this new stuff. The other stuff is going to find its way out at some point, but it just might not have fit with what this new record has become. I want to get something out, 'cause it's been awhile, but I want it to be the best thing I can do, too, and that's worth waiting a little bit for."
Kip Moore, Charlie Worsham and Clare Dunn
Friday, Nov. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.
Tickets are $45 and $29.50.
Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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