At a show at The Ritz in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday night, he noted that he’s actually written over 150 new songs since Wild World was released in 2020.
And not only that, the new (unnamed) album is completely finalized ready to be released right now:
“Since the old record came out, I’ve written, like, 150 new songs between that time. And I have this entire record that’s ready to be heard right now.
This is my fifth record on a major record label, and although I’m very grateful, I’m always grateful for the record label, I’m grateful for anytime someone’s played my song on the radio…
But what you guys have done for us as a band, is you’ve given us the freedom to be us and not chase that mainstream thing. So thank you so much.”
Of course, what we all love about him is the fact that, while he is signed to a major record label (and has been for years), he’s always done things his way and put out the music that he wanted to sing.
And he also acknowledged that, while he hasn’t had a hit country record in a long time, his fans show up every night and pack every venue he travels to. He puts on one of the very best live shows in the business, so that’s really no surprise, but still extremely impressive nonetheless.
Although the label would prefer he make music that’s a little more radio friendly so he can graduate to bigger venues, and maybe even stadiums one day, Kip doesn’t plan on changing who he is for the sake of a #1:
“We have not had a hit record in years, but y’all keep packin’ all these places out.
And the label notices that, they say ‘Kip, you’ve got this really diehard, core fanbase. We need you to bring this thing back a little bit to the center, and when we get you a couple more hits, we can blow this thing open to arenas and stadiums.’
And I said, ‘We’ll get there on our own, the natural way, you know?'”
Inject that into my veins…
But the best part of his whole little speech is that, not only does he have a brand new song coming out at the end of this month, he took the whole album further into the direction he wanted to go, at the behest of executives:
“The song is a song that’s gonna come out at the end of this month, and when they heard it, they just shook their head, and they said ‘You didn’t bring this thing back to the middle.'”
I mean, if you know anything about him, you know there was probably never any real chance of that…
“And I said, ‘I fuckin’ know,’ you know?
Y’all keep showin’ up, we will keep makin’ music for you and only you.”
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Fire me UP, Kip.
As if I wasn’t already excited enough to get new tunes from him, hearing that he’s really going for it like never before is, quite literally, music to my ears.
He released the the longtime fan-favorite, “Crazy One More Time” as the lead single back in January, but it just officially starting charting at the end of May.
And because of the nature of record labels and the way their formula works in terms of lining up high-charting singles and album releases, it’s hard to say if that will cause them to push his release date back any at this point (it was initially and tentatively scheduled for late summer).
And in all honestly, I really wouldn’t be surprised at all if this is the last album he puts out on his current label. I don’t know if that means he’d go totally independent (I would be so here for that, though), so we’ll have to wait and see how all of this plays out.