Kip Moore’s poignant new single “Hey Pretty Girl” is climbing the charts, and for good reason. It’s a pleasant, low-key track that’s both honest and relatable.
Moore sat down with Radio.com and explained how the song came together.
Written with one of his “dearest friends,” Dan Couch, Moore came up with the concept after his guitar player Dave Lapsley came to him when he learned his wife was pregnant.
“I met Dave right when I moved to town. Dave and I used to really hit the town hard together. He was my wild running mate,” Moore said. “Dave settled down and got married, and about three years ago Dave’s wife told him she was pregnant. I didn’t have a record deal yet, and he was still trying to grind it out with me. He came to me and was like, ‘My wife’s pregnant, and I’ve got a kid on the way, and we need to make this thing happen now.'”
Moore explained how there was a whole new dimension to his friend.
“All of a sudden Dave was really serious about providing for this family,” Kip continued. “‘If something doesn’t happen soon I’m going to have to quit playing and go and get a steady job.’ That struck me pretty hard because Dave was my brother. So, I went in and was talking about it with Dan. Even though I don’t have a wife and kids, it just made me really think about that.”
He further explained that he wanted to get across what he hopes to feel and have one day.
“I wanted to capture that the best that I could. So that’s why I sat down and wrote ‘Hey Pretty Girl.’ For what I hope to have one day.”
A song that resonates with many country fans, Moore said he tries to write everything as honest as he can.
“So many times songwriters get in our own way of trying to put it in so many different kinds of ways, that it doesn’t feel relatable for people,” he said. “I always try to write it straightforward and speak it. I think that’s why this song is translating so much because it’s authentic and real through the whole thing.”