Kip Moore was a little annoyed when he saw the Bob Seger/Jason Aldean episode of "CMT Crossroads" last year.
He liked it well enough, but as a major Seger fan -- "Night Moves" was the first album he ever bought -- the country singer and songwriter wanted his own crack at singing with the Detroit rock icon.
"Yeah, I was kind of upset when I saw that, like, 'Daggumit, gimme the mic! I can sing the s*** out of those song!," Moore, 35 -- a Georgia native who wrote songs for others, notably Thompson Square, before launching his own career in 2011 -- says by phone from a tour stop in upstate New York. "I love some Seger, man. I'd love to have sung with him. Him and Alden were good together, but oh, man, I love that guy.
"He was my guy 'cause of my dad turning me on to him. When I was six, seven years old, I loved him. I still listen to him today. I love everything about his storytelling and his imagery. He's just one of the best."
Moore has an equal affection for Detroit, too. He calls it "one of my favorite places to play" and even includes a shout-out to "Detroit Rock City" in "Lipstick," one of the tracks from his newly released sophomore album "Wild Ones."
That support, in fact, helped keep Moore afloat during what he acknowledges was "a very tense time" between his two albums. After scoring three Top 10 country singles from his 2012 debut "Up All Night," the first two songs to come from his proposed second set -- "Young Love" and "Dirt Road" -- fell flat, and he wound up scrapping the entire project and started over.
It worked out in the end; "Wild Ones" has come out to solid reviews and good first-week sales as it debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. But Moore says it was a challenge to maintain both profile and momentum during the unexpectedly prolonged interim.
"Hell yeah I was freaking out -- you're talking a whole year, man, and you know how fickle this business is," Moore says. "The hardest part is to keep the fan base together. And not only did we keep it together but we grew the fan base with no new record, nothing happening on the radio, nothing really going on.
"But they didn't leave and they really stuck with us. And I'm really grateful 'cause it was hard. I just think going out there and playing and me treating every show like it was the last one really bonded us, y'know?"
7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6
Michigan Lottery National Stage at Arts, Beats & Eats, downtown Royal Oak.
Admission is $3 until 5 p.m., $5 after.
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