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INDIO, CA - APRIL 29: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white.) Musician Kip Moore performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

Kip Moore‘s next album Slowheart will be released September 8th, and judging by a new interview, it might be his most personal project yet.

“I believe in music so much, and I care so much, that it’s a double-edged sword,” Kip tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s what has made me successful, and it’s what has made me a depressed human being at times. I face that pendulum swing so much. The toils of facing a crowd, 175 shows a year. Maybe other artists can have a show that is not that great and walk away. Me? I will spiral. I’ll think of that one despondent face in the crowd and ask, ‘Why couldn’t I sway that one person?’ That’s the fiery human being I am.”

Kip is working on finding the proper balance, however. “I’ve come to be more at peace with knowing that,” he continues. “So I took this year and let go of the steering wheel. I let the music make itself.”

The “More Girls Like You” singer even gives his thoughts on social media in the feature. The subject is at the core of an album track called “Blonde.” “There are a few pros to social media, but for the most part, it’s pretty destructive to the soul,” he offers. “People seek all their validation through it and end up craving other people’s lives. It’s caused everyone to chase fame for the sole purpose of being famous or insta-famous. Everyone wants a shortcut, and will try to achieve that by whatever means necessary. It causes people to lose their damn minds.”

Read the entire story and get a clearer picture of what to expect from Slowheart here. Look for Kip on the road in the coming weeks in Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, among others. See a complete list of tour dates here.

 

Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.