In a recent interview with Rare Country, Kip confessed that he’s planning to take a break, and while we’ll miss him, we’re glad he’s taking time to put himself first before he heads out on tour later in 2017.
I don’t know what the word is, because I’m not just worn out… I’m something more than that. We have toured 175 or more shows for six years straight, which is kind of unheard of. We are all tired. I don’t think people see that side very often because they just see us onstage, but the grind of sleeping on a bus every night for 225 days or more takes a mental and physical tear on you. All I have done is music every day of my life, so this is going to be my first real break from it in probably 12 years.
Kip already has some plans for his time off, including “going straight to Maui” and is “going to camp out the first 10 or so days in a little house I’m going to stay in and then do some surfing and backpacking before heading off to Costa Rica. I might not come back. I just need to breathe a bit.”
This past weekend, during his last set of shows in Chicago, we were fortunate enough to hear some of Kip’s new music set to debut in 2017, and it’s some of the best stuff we’ve heard from anyone in quite a while. I have a feeling he’s gonna come back stronger than ever…