Kip Moore launches latest tour, prepares for next album

Following years of hard work, 2012 was southern Georgia native Kip Moore’s time to shine. The singer-songwriter released the year’s best-selling country album debut, “Up All Night.” He scored a No. 1 hit with “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck” and then two more No. 1 songs, “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”

In 2013, Moore received a CMA nomination for new artist of the year. Kacey Musgraves won that honor earlier this month, but now Moore has four American Country Awards nominations, including single of the year. The ACA awards will be broadcast by the Fox network on Dec. 10.

“I’ve been at this thing a long, long time,” Moore said from Jacksonville, Fla., where his latest tour launched on Nov. 15.

“Me and the band, we used to travel the country driving nine-, 10-hour shifts, long before ‘Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck’ came out. We played in bars for 20 and 30 people, whoever would listen. We were a band of brothers before the hits started happening.

“So since ‘Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck’ popped, it’s been a whirlwind, but we all feel so blessed because we’d been in the trenches for so long.”

True to form, Moore and his band revised and polished their songs for their current tour, which reaches the Texas Club on Friday.

“New arrangements, lead-ins, things like that,” he said. “You’re always trying to up yourself and make the tour better. You got to make it fresh for the people who come to the shows.”

The shows also feature songs Moore has recorded for his follow-up to “Up All Night,” set for release in April.

“It was finished,” Moore said of the new album. “But I’ve been writing so much. I got a couple of songs that I’ve fallen in love with. I’m going to go back in and change the record up a little bit.”

Moore writes more songs than he can, at least at this point in his career, release.

“I write nonstop,” he said. “Sometimes I wish I could just chill out and enjoy the moment, but I’m always trying to get to the next level, as far as my career, as far as my writing.”

Moore’s songwriting inspirations include Bruce Springsteen, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle.

“Those guys shaped me,” he said. “When I fell in love with those guys’ songs I was too young to grasp the magnitude of their lyrics, but now that I’ve lived a lot harder and I’ve lived a lot faster, seen a lot, I relate more to their lyrics. And I have my own voice now. I’m not just trying to write clever songs. I’ve lived these songs.”

Moore arrived in Nashville on Jan. 1, 2004. He was a classic example of a young person with a dream.

“I believed in myself,” he said. “I knew it was going take a long time, but I was willing to dig my teeth in and go for it.”

On tour eight years later, he realized his career really was going places.

“The crowds were invested in the whole album, not just the hit song,” he said. “That’s when I knew things were changing.”