Kip Moore Brings a Little Nashville to Abbotsford…
For the first time in what seemed like ages, the sun came out and shone all day. After weeks of dreary weather, this could only be an omen that something really good was coming. It did, in spades, a double-dose. The scene at the Abbotsford Entertainment Center was scene for a good time on Friday night. Kip Moore is one of Country’s hottest names from Nashville and he sure knows how to please a crowd.
River Town Saints
Ottawa boys the River Town Saints were the opening act to kick off the night. Having a chance to open for someone like Kip you may think they’d be a little more intimidated. But not these guys, they showed no signs of it. Right from the start, the band was bursting with energy and it spread off the stage in waves. A five-man group led by Chris Labelle on vocals, RTS have worked very hard to get so far in just a couple of years after signing with Open Road Records.
Their performance on stage is polished. Chris covers the stage well, plays to the front row and the cheap seats with abandon and interacts with his bandmates all over, somewhat like the Energizer Bunny. Their set included a fun tribute to 90’s pop music and you don’t have to guess where Chris got his dance-move inspirations. All their hits like ‘A Little Bit Goes a Long Way’, ‘Cherry Bomb’ and ‘Bonfire’ had the crowd cranked up and ready for Kip Moore, but I was hoping that these guys would keep playing. They are just too much fun and they made it easy to get some great shots!
There is something about being right up close to performers that can’t be explained to someone who hasn’t. The really good performers have this quality about them, they exude star power. Kip Moore has this quality. His facial expressions at times belies his belief in it, though. It appears as though he is dumbfounded that this screaming crowd is out there for him, some kid from southern Georgia. And then he snaps out of it and kicks ass.
With his trademark ball cap on backwards, old jeans and sleeveless T, Kip moves around the stage like a panther, coiled muscles all ready to pounce. Either playing what looks like a beautiful red ’63 Memphis Gibson guitar or just singing his heart out, Kip Moore has a calming grace and honest smile that make him a crowd favourite. Hits like ‘Hey Pretty Girl’, ‘I’m To Blame’ and current hit ‘More Girls Like You’ have every fan there singing with him, word for word. Most of Kip’s newer material from ‘Wild Ones’ is not the catchy country-pop stuff either. It’s grittier, rougher-edged and it’s easy to see why he is sometimes called country’s Bruce Springsteen.
Raw emotions with a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude. It looks like the brief time out he took the beginning of the year after several years of straight touring has recharged Kip’s batteries because this show is dynamite. All too soon the finale and Kip’s anthem ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ has left vocal cords strained for the weekend. Well worth it. And Kip, please believe it, you are definitely.
Tom Paillé –