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Country 102.5 Street Party 2

Sunday

Sep 24, 2017 – 12:30 PM

15 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215 Map

  • A Thousand Horses
  • Kip Moore
  • Brooke Eden

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Kip Moore: Singer-songwriter Kip Moore combines a raw and rustic voice with compelling lyrics of honesty to create a unique sound that’s simultaneously hypnotic and edgy. His voice is weathered by life’s detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and determination. His music is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration.

The boy who grew up daydreaming about life outside of the small town of Tifton, Ga., became a man who has been continually inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Kris Kristofferson to paint vivid portraits with his lyrics.

His music powerfully captures some of the contradictions that he grapples with personally. Although he’s from a large family and enjoys musical collaborations and performing onstage, he’s an introvert who is often more comfortable being alone. Despite its edge, his music remains desperately optimistic.

During high school, he secretly began playing his brother’s guitar because he was intimidated by the talent of his mother and older brother. “I would play when nobody was around, just figuring out stuff, watching his hands and trying to do the same thing.”

Kip moved to Hawaii on a whim with just a backpack, a surfboard and a friend. They slept on an airport bench the first night and then lucked into a hut that was $50 a month. They would walk or hitchhike the mile to the beach daily. After six months of this tropical paradise, Kip thought he had found his permanent home until his friend encouraged him to pursue songwriting as a living.

He drove to Nashville on Jan. 1, 2004 in an old black Nissan truck that contained one bag and his guitar. He immersed himself in the songwriting community, observing songwriters’ rounds for two years and honing his craft before gaining the confidence to join in. After four years of performing locally, he caught the attention of Creative Artist Agency’s Mark Dennis, who called Universal Music Group Nashville’s Joe Fisher. Not only did Joe’s encounter lead to his record deal with MCA Nashville, but it also brought about his introduction to songwriter Brett James, who produced Kip’s debut album.

He also found important relationships with songwriters Dan Couch, Scott Steppakoff, Westin Davis and Kiefer Thompson, two of whom didn’t have publishing deals when he began writing with them.

And different his debut project is, as evidenced by the album’s first single, “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” the story of the one who got away. The dreamy and spell-binding song is the true story of one of Kip’s friends, who returned to his hometown after about six years and saw the once tall, lanky girl who had since come into her own and become a model.

Brooke Eden: In her brazen new single "Daddy's Money," Brooke Eden concisely lays out her doctrine: work hard, use what you have and never ever rely on someone else for your success. While the young singer has always had the support of her father and mother, she didn't benefit from the parental pocketbook. In fact, as the daughter of a carpenter who moonlighted as a drummer in a country band, Brooke grew up leaner than most. And that scrappy underdog mentality is all over her soulful and bluesy brand of country music.

"My parents never had a lot of money, but they made sure I had their support behind me: 'We can't buy your way in, but you can do it — you just have to work a little bit harder,'" says Brooke, recalling her folks' insight.

Clearly, the Florida native — who grew up midway between the sands of West Palm Beach and the swamps of the Okeechobee — was paying attention. "You don't have to come from a super affluent family to become what you want to be," she says. In songs like "Daddy's Money" and the clever girl-power anthem "Sunday Morning," as well as live onstage, Brooke is a confident and commanding vocalist, poised to follow in the footsteps of her chief country inspiration and BBR Music Group labelmate, Jason Aldean.

"I like strong voices," says Brooke, who cites vocal influences ranging from Shania Twain to Etta James. "Women didn't always get to sing about receiving respect, but those women commanded it. And with Jason, I just love how he mixes rock into country. As a musician, you're constantly studying other artists and making things your own."

Brooke — who announced her arrival with the Sirius/XM The Highway staple "American Dreamin'" — has been keenly listening to other singers and musicians since she was just six years old, soaking in every note as she watched her dad's band play throughout southeast Florida. An accomplished performer at 13, she opened for big names like Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn all the while working her way through school to earn a degree in marketing from the University of Florida. A stint as a bartender followed, until her boss heard her sing, and promptly fired her — "You'll thank me later," he said.

Relocating to Nashville, she headed straight to the honky-tonk Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and landed a recurring gig on its world-famous stage. Soon, she was writing her own songs under the tutelage of Tootsie's gregarious bandleader, the late Greg Humphrey, who identified her already-refined chops as an entertainer. "He said, 'Honey, this is honky-tonk school, but if I'm right, I think you've already been through honky-tonk school.' He introduced me to people and they introduced me to other people…" says Brooke, singling out Kallie North and Jessy Wilson of the Muddy Magnolias, who co-wrote "Daddy's Money" inspired by Brooke herself.

"Kallie and I lived together, but I'd go home every two weeks to Florida to make money by playing shows," Brooke says. "Kallie said one time, 'Please don't take this the wrong way, but I always assumed you came from money.' I said, 'Girl, I never had daddy's money!' Two days later, she called me when I was still in Florida and said she had written the song."

Now, "Daddy's Money" has become the cornerstone of Brooke's command-respect mindset. An accomplished songwriter herself who’s written over 100 songs in the past year alone, Brooke furthers that mindset in the equally strong "Sunday Morning." Written by Brooke with #1 songwriter Justin Wilson, the song boasts one of the most country turns-of-phrase in recent years.

"Dating in 2015 is just friends with benefits. It's a super messed-up world we're living in," says the down-to-earth chanteuse. “I wrote the song after getting an early-Sunday morning call from a friend to pick her up at a guy's house. My friend said that he left her there all alone, without even saying bye!”

Continues Brooke, “I told her, 'That is NOT ok. If you're going to be his Saturday night, you'd better be his Sunday morning!' And that became the chorus."

For Brooke, self-respect is paramount, especially for women. But she doesn't flaunt it via tough talk or lyrics about shotguns. Instead, she exudes it gracefully.

"Anytime I've demanded respect, I've gotten it. You're treated the way you want to be," says Brooke, who is wrapping up work on her full-length RED BOW Records debut.

"Everybody's story is different, and I've had to be really patient to get where I am in my life and career," she says. "But I've always believed that, just as my parents said, I could do it. It's all about constantly having faith that you were put here to do something special."

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