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Moore captures hearts with stories, vocals
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Muscadine Bloodline performs Saturday during the Cumberland Caverns Live concert series. It was a packed cave as the band opened for Kip Moore.
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Multi-platinum singer Kip Moore performs a sold-out show Saturday night in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns. The concert drew out-of-state visitors from as far away as Wisconsin, New York and Michigan. “He said he wanted it to be like a show where he played for a group of his friends in his basement and it definitely felt like that,” said Cumberland Caverns marketing director Kelly Roberts.

The chords from Kip Moore’s guitar echoed off the walls at Cumberland Caverns on Saturday night and bounced directly at the heart.

The multi-platinum singer/ songwriter showed why he’s performing to sold-out shows throughout the nation with an up-close show at the storied Volcano Room.

Chatty at times, deeply emotional at others, Moore let his acoustic guitar deliver a message alongside his memorable vocals. During one stretch, Moore talked about his relationship with his father, who died in 2011 just before the release of his debut album.

Moore played from a catalogue that includes hits that neared the top of the country charts including No. 2 “Wild Ones,” No. 3 “Up All Night,” and No. 3 “Slowheart.”

Moore will perform three more sold-out shows this week when he’s in Boston on Thursday, New Brunswick, N.J. on Friday, and Burlington, Vt., on Saturday.

Just as impressive as Moore and his entourage was the two-man band Muscadine Bloodline, which unleashed its brand of country songs filled with mourning and heartbreak.

The Cumberland Caverns Live concert series begins to gain steam for the summer season this month with two shows in May. Deer Tick is set to perform May 18, followed by The Band of Heathens on May 19.

On June 23, the Allman Butts Bands is scheduled to play in the depths of the cave, followed by Sister Hazel on Aug. 10.