Kip Moore has once again broken down the boundaries of the typical country music sound with his latest release, “Fire on Wheels,” and the accompanying music video.
Sitting down with Country Now and other media outlets, Moore revealed details about his new song, the music video, and upcoming fall tour.
His approach to writing “Fire on Wheels” with Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three was unconventional, yet proved to be successful nonetheless.
“A lot of songs start with a very specific idea, a very specific concept, a very specific title,” says Moore. “This was one of those that the music drove everything. We started creating that music in the room and it just had such this infectious, raw energy about it.”
Sharing a clip of the music video on social media, the multi-platinum singer/songwriter thanked fans for giving him the “freedom” to create whatever they were feeling in the moment. Between the fiery lyrics and spirited instrumentals, they did just that with this song. It turned out to be the uplifting “celebration” Moore was striving towards.
“From the get-go, it felt like a celebration of us and the fans,” Moore explained. “It felt like a celebration of what we’re in together. And so we were trying to capture that in a unique way.” He added, “Even how after the first chorus, the whole verse structure changes in the next one. We wanted to do everything off-kilter and not follow any kind of formula.”
The imagery and innovation behind “Fire on Wheels” came to life in the music video. Directed by Moore’s longtime collaborator, PJ Brown, the visualizer for the project pushed Moore to get out of his comfort zone a bit. But as he explained, it was his own ideas that put him in that position. The result is some nostalgic footage that showcases the unstoppable energy that comes from listening to the groovy new tune.
“When you’ve got that many cameras in there, and it’s just you, and there’s nobody else to kind of fall back on, it gets uncomfortable for sure. But I tried to do my best, just letting my inhibitions down and just having fun with it, because the whole point of it was to kind of make fun of yourself, you know?”
Any form of awkwardness Moore may have been feeling while filming was not apparent in the finished product as he cuts loose in an almost-deserted bowling alley. In fact, he gives off the opposite energy with confidence oozing from his dance moves, while the unimpressed employee scrolls on her phone and performs her regular work duties.
Sporting his dark shades and loose button-up, the “Somethin’ Bout A Truck” singer rocks out on his air guitar and shows off his Risky Business-like moves on the hardwood floor of the alley. As he dances between the lanes, it’s almost as if he’s living in his own world. While embracing the “dance like nobody’s watching” mantra, Moore’s character snags a few glances from a group of hesitant senior ladies as they enter the alley at the end of the video.
Even if no one else is enjoying the music, Moore is feeling every beat of “Fire on Wheels” through his body and nothing holds him back from giving his best rock star performance. Finishing off the music video, he struts off camera, shines a knowing smirk at the women and points to them as he walks away. Moore leaves them with his first and last words when he says, “you’re welcome.”
Moore brings that spirit that can be heard throughout this upbeat song and music video out on the road with him. He may be playing a character in the visualizer, but once he’s on stage in front of thousands of supportive fans, that same energy will be released to the crowd, encouraging them to do the same.
The singer/songwriter reluctantly joined TikTok in recent weeks as well, hoping that his music will be discovered through the platform.
“The whole point of the thing is to try to get people to hear what you’re doing,” said Moore. “There’s such a large audience that is discovering music strictly through that. So I’m not gonna use it to do anything other than to play underground songs, to play songs from the record.” He added emphatically, “I’m not gonna try to be something that I’m not, I’m not gonna start making up dances and stuff.”
Fans will have the chance to hear his new music and witness his most authentic self when Moore hits the road this fall for his Fire on Wheels Tour with special guest Boy Named Banjo. The full project he recently announced will not be ready in time for this stint of shows, but Moore shared that fans should still expect to hear at least three to four new songs added to the setlist. These tracks are set to be released in the coming months.
“I thought it was done. It’s not done. I’m still going” he laughed when asked about the progress of his new album. “That’s why you’re gonna keep getting all these songs that are rolling out.”
He added, “It could be done. I’ve got a record ready right now, but I’m still writing and because of it not coming out probably till early next year, I still have time to kind of alter it.”
While he couldn’t reveal much, the singer did share that they have taken a very “raw approach” with this upcoming album.
“Without me giving too much away, these songs might live in a total entity by themselves. I can tell you that I’ve got a stockpile of about 20 things and I’m still working a whole lot too.”
The tour kicks off September 8 in Salt Lake City, Utah and crosses the U.S., along with a stop in Canada, before wrapping up in Cleveland, Ohio on November 12.
OFFICIAL FIRE ON WHEELS TOUR DATES:
9/8/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
9/9/22 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
9/11/22 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
9/15/22 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
9/16/22 – Omaha, NE – The Admiral
9/17/22 – Salina, KS – Tony’s Pizza Events Center
9/23/22 – Morgantown, WV – Ruby Amphitheater
9/24/22 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head LIVE
10/6/22 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
10/7/22 – Charlotte, NC – Coyote Joe’s
10/8/22 – Greenville, SC – The Blind Horse Saloon
10/20/22 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
10/21/22 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
10/27/22 – Albany, NY – Empire LIVE
10/28/22 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Performing Arts Center
10/29/22 – Rutland, VT – Paramount Theatre
11/3/22 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall*
11/6/22 – London, ON – London Music Hall*
11/10/22 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
11/11/22 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theater
11/12/22 – Cleveland, OH – The Masonic Temple
*Jess Moskaluke will be the special guest