There’s somethin’ ’bout a truck… with a Billy goat in the back? So thinks Kip Moore, anyway, who played an epic prank on tourmate Dierks Bentley as retaliation for forcing him, along with fellow opening acts Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith, to take a chilly polar plunge in Nashville’s Percy Priest Lake.
In a video that captured it all, premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone Country, watch as Moore has his team cover Bentley’s beloved “Big White” truck in graffiti and fill it with foam peanuts — also loading the bed with hay and a live goat (complete with unintentional goat droppings). Moore was nice enough to plastic-wrap the whole vehicle first, so the paint is temporary. That animal stench, however, may be a little harder to clean.
Bentley discovered the tortured Big White — and his new horned passenger — in an alleyway behind a Nashville publishing company after a writing session. It didn’t take much for the “Say You Do” singer to figure out the perpetrator (Moore wrote “Kip” and “payback” all over the Chevy, so, yeah, pretty easy). He also left a note that said, “I’m to Blame,” which is not so coincidentally the name of his confessions-of-a-country-bad-boy current single.
“We were thinking about some cool things we could do around the new song, and since Dierks enjoyed watching us jump in the freezing cold lake so much, he immediately came to mind as my first target,” Moore tells Rolling Stone Country. “The tour hasn’t even started yet, so it could be a long summer but seeing that goat in the back of Big White was worth it.”
For Moore’s sake, hopefully Bentley’s fans have a good sense of humor, too — he’s currently in the running for the ACM’s Best New Artist award, which, in a special partnership with CMT, will be open to online fan voting for the first time in its 50-year run. The “I’m to Blame” prankster is up against Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Dan + Shay, and voting is open now on VoteACM.com and VoteACM.CMT.com.
Four-legged voters not applicable.