" I get sick and tired of people asking me what I think about bro country."

By Annie Reuter

“I feel like you’ve all adopted me in the Northeast,” Kip Moore says a few minutes into his energetic set at New York’s FarmBorough Festival. It’s a sentiment he also shared with Radio.com backstage last night (June 26), just an hour before he hit the main stage at the first year country fest.

“This place has been our hotbed for years now,” he says of New York. “It’s one of our most passionate fan bases and I know it’s that way for other people too. There’s country fans everywhere. I don’t know why people always sound so shocked when they say there’s lots of fans in New York. They’re just as passionate as anywhere else.”

Related: FarmBorough: Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae on NYC’s First Country Festival

Moore knows better than anyone about having a passionate fan base. That’s why for this quick interview I decided to tap into that fan base, using Twitter to ask his fans what they wanted to know about Moore.

Since we only had four minutes before he made his rounds, it turned out to be just four questions. But, as you’ll read, a lot can be revealed in just four minutes.

“That I was wrong in the tracking session on a song and a direction I wanted to take the song,” he says about the question above without divulging the song in question. “Arguing with another person on where the song should go. I had to own up and after hearing the final product, be like, ‘That’s my bad. We shouldn’t have done it that way.’ People hearing that might not think that that’s a big deal, but it’s a big deal when you’ve invested time and energy and lots of money in the recording. It’s a big mistake.”

What do you think is the biggest misconception people may have of you as an artist and country music as a genre?

“Myself.” He pauses. “That I’m a super extroverted person. I know how to turn it on when I’m playing music but I can be very quiet and isolated for long amounts of time.

“As a genre, there’s too much focus on who’s doing bro country. It’s like one person started throwing it out there and everybody wants to act like everybody is doing that. There’s too much focus on that,” he explains. “There’s too many artists that are playing great music and it’s just a shame that that’s the only thing people want to talk about and focus on when there’s so many people doing really cool stuff. I get sick and tired of people asking me what I think about bro country.”

Imagine Dragons ‘Hopeless Opus,'” he says. “That’s my go to track.”

“Because I am right,” he deadpans.

Kip Moore’s sophomore album Wild Ones is out Aug. 21.


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