Kip Moore Embraces His Inner Outlaw In ‘Southpaw’

As the May 29 release of his long-awaited new album, Wild World, approaches, Kip Moore is offering fans another taste…

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 17, 2020

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As the May 29 release of his long-awaited new album, Wild World, approaches, Kip Moore is offering fans another taste of what’s to come with the release of the guitar-heavy “Southpaw.”

The arena-ready track, co-written by Moore with his longtime collaborator Westin Davis, celebrates the dark horses in life and in a way, serves as a metaphor for how Moore lives his life.

“I shoulda been an outlaw/ Ready for a quick draw/ Everybody call me the gun slingin’ Southpaw/ Ain’t no time for runnin/ ‘Cause ya never saw me comin’/ I could be dangerous I could be famous/ Have my name babe in all of the papers/ Sayin’ I’m wanted, by the law and every woman/ Yea, they’d call me the Southpaw,” Moore sings throughout the chorus.

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“’Southpaw’ started from a feeling of being on the outside looking in on modern society,” Moore explains. “I don’t want my edges to be smoothed to fit into a box. I woke up the day we wrote it feeling like I was born in the wrong era. I grew up a boxing fan and a Southpaw was always a rare sighting, unpredictable and hard to prepare for. I wrote the song with Westin Davis in South Dakota and we’ve always understood each other like brothers and being kind of cut from the same cloth. I knew he would get my headspace that day and he always brings the magic. And on the recording side of things, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much juice in a session.”’

Serving as the follow up to Moore’s 2017 Slowheart album, Wild World includes 13 tracks, 12 of which Moore co-wrote. The album is available for pre-order now HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.