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Interview:
Justin Moore at EMU, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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It’s been a decade since Justin Moore signed his recording contract with the Valory Music Group, and he’s been able to “Back That Thing Up” ever since.

The Arkansas native has released four albums -- the last three of which have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart -- and a pair of EPs, and he’s scored four No. 1 country radio hits as well as seven Top 10 singles. He was also the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year in 2014.

Moore recently released the title track of his latest album, 2016’s “Kinda Don’t Care,” although when it comes to music, he certainly feels the complete opposite of that sentiment...

• After 10 years in the business, Moore, 33, says “it’s a helluva lot harder and a whole lot more work than I ever imagined it would be,” but he’s not complaining at all. “Honestly, I didn’t have any ideas or thoughts about, ‘I gotta sell this many albums or have this many hits,’” Moore says. “I just wanted to get to Nashville and get a record deal at the beginning and just go from there. To look back and go, ‘Golly, we’ve kept this thing going and had four No. 1 hits and sold four million albums’ -- it’s amazing. But I really just take it one day at a time, and I’m thankful and humbled we’re still a

ound and relevant and part of this.

• While Moore calls “Kinda Don’t Care” “the most diverse album we’ve ever done,” his follow-up will be something altogether different. “I’ve said my entire career that If I had the opportunity to record the album I would love to record more than anything it would sound like early 90s country, what I grew up on -- the Clint Blacks or early Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt, obviously George Strait and Alan Jackson and those guys,” Moore says. “I’ve said that for so long, and as we were discussing the next album I thought, ‘Hell, why don’t I stop talking about it and just do it.’ I’ve probably got 20 (songs) as of right now and one more writing session I’m gonna do, so hopefully we’ll get another five, six, seven, eight, 10 songs and start weeding through them and see what makes sense.”

• Moore and his family moved back to Arkansas and now lives on the same land he grew up on in Poyen. “My kids go to school where I went to school, we go to church where I grew up doing to church,” says Moore, who played basketball and baseball during high school. “I’m every involved in my home town community. Everyone is happy for me, but they just treat me like Justin, which is cool for me to see. The most important thing around home is what the high school basketball, football and baseball teams are doing. There’s no statute of me but quite a few things around town from state championships.”



If You Go:

• Justin Moore

• 7:30 p.m.

• EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti.

• Tickets are $29.75-$49.75

• Call 734-487-2282 or visit emutix.com.

Web Site: www.emutix.com

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