Kip Moore to Include a Nod to His Late Father on Next Album

Dad never got to see Kip develop into the star he is today.

photo by Stephen Shepherd/UMG Nashville

Kip Moore says he’s including a song inspired by his dad—who passed away just over a year ago—on his upcoming sophomore album.

That song, “Comeback Kid,” is about blue-collar workers struggling to get by.

“I watched my dad just work so hard, man, for so little and really scrape to get us by. We had six kids and I really got to see the struggle,” Kip told Billboard.

“I wrote a song really speaking to those people doing the daily grind, getting by, with big families—the construction workers, the factory workers, those kind of people,” he said.

“I had to bump one [song] I felt was more personal for that one, but it had to go on there.”

Kip has said he often butted heads with his dad, but his father also introduced him to his biggest musical influences, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Springsteen and others, Kip told The Tennessean.

“He was a very charismatic guy, but he had a really short fuse,” he said. “Looking back, I think that’s a lot of the reason I’m so driven in everything I do. I think a lot of times it was just looking for that ‘I want to make him proud’ kind of thing.”

Dad never got to see Kip develop into the star he is today. But “Pop” knew it was going to happen, his son said.

“Before he died, he said, ‘What you’ve done is something I don’t know that I ever could have stuck through and stayed the course, and your music is great and it’s going to cut through and make it,’” Kip said. “I knew that he meant that, because he didn’t sugarcoat anything.”

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