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Behind Kip Moore’s Wedding-Crashing ‘I’m to Blame’ Video: Exclusive Photos

Country singer doesn’t hold his peace in humorous new clip

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

Kip Moore plays a wedding crasher in his "I'm to Blame" video.

Ivor Karabatkovic

At 11:00 a.m. on a Monday morning, regulars at the VFW 8422 social club for war veterans in Smyrna, Tennessee, sat on their beloved barstools as director Peter Zavadil and his crew turned the haunt into a small-town wedding venue. The smoky, dim bar and accompanying reception space took on the life of an Eighties-themed ceremony for Kip Moore's latest music video, "I'm to Blame."

Betsy Batt and Aaron Archer play a bride and groom who have hired Moore and his band to perform at their nuptials — a bad move on the groom's part. The country star and his band hijack the ceremony and with full cooperation from the now-runaway bride, get the party started.

The video's concept is certainly reminiscent of the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson flick, Wedding Crashers, but Moore says that wasn't really what he had in mind. "Wedding Crashers is one of my favorite movies of all time," he explains. "It was the hardest I've ever laughed in a movie theater. That's not what sparked the idea for me, though. When I was listening to the song and trying to think of a video, that's what was going on in my head."

Rolling Stone Country was invited to observe the "I'm to Blame" video shoot, where we talked to the country star about his new song, red-hot career and matrimonial mischief.

All photos by Ivor Karabatkovic.

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

Ivor Karabatkovic

Cue the Band

"It starts with me and the band out in the car in our blue-crushed tuxedos thinking, 'I can't believe we're doing this'," says Moore, pictured here with bandmates Adam Browder, Manny Medina, Erich Wigdahl and David Lapsley.

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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Basic Instinct

"I thought it was an interesting take on the song. It's not one of those ideas when you hear the song that you would think about doing for a video. Peter is always on board and he trusts my instinct and what I'm saying."

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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Speak Now

Moore and the band make it clear that they have no intention to hold their peace, as they launch into "I'm to Blame" as soon as the preacher asks the ceremonial wedding question.

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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Doomed Groom

"It's a playful video. You get the feeling that me and the bride have a little history, and when they say, 'Are there any objections?' is when we kick into the song."

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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Just Cause

"The guy that she's about to marry is not one of those guys that anyone is going to be pulling for, so we're going to cause a little ruckus."

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

"This is like a real small-town wedding. I wanted it to feel that way with small-town characters."

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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Getting Handsy

"I've been hands on with my career since day one. I'd rather live and die by my own sword. I'm OK with failure if I did it my way. Too often artists get directed in paths by people and they might not have their own vision, and I feel my fan base sees how genuine I am and that it's truly me."

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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To Each His Own

"When we were going to make this record, I had people sending me songs that were in that vein of what's popular — and to each their own. I'm not saying those people are doing it right or wrong, I'm just saying that I'm glad that I've stuck to my guns of making the music I want to make, not what other people want me to make. I feel like that's why my fans have stuck with me. I don't get too involved in talking about bro-country, but I worry about me. That's my only focus."

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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Three Chords and the Truth

"I'm not putting on a front for people, I've always wanted to be true to me. I say no to a lot of stuff on the outside. Even when I'm offered to do certain shows that may be paying me two to three times as much to go play, if it doesn't feel right to me then I won't do it. I've always directed my own path."

Kip Moore I'm to Blame video

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Sweet Harmony

"For the most part, every video I've done has been my idea and I've worked with Peter Zavadil on all of them except 'Hey Pretty Girl.' He takes everything that I say, and we talk extensively before we even get to the set, and this was the idea I wanted to do. I thought it was a different approach to the song."

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