Justin Moore will kick off the 2013 Dodge County Fair with his country hits at 8pm Wednesday, August 14th. Don’t miss the Fairest of the Fair Competition on the WTKM Stage at 5pm as the smell of freshly prepared Fair Food fills the air! Get a season ticket and enjoy all five days of the Dodge County Fair!
When Justin Moore tells his fans at all of his shows that he’s “proud to be from small town USA”, it is from the heart. The Poyen, Arkansas native grew up in a town with a population of 272, the sign with that declaration sits in his grandparents front yard. He graduated from high school with 37 classmates.
So how does a kid from a town that small work his way up to Music Row, a record deal and eventual stardom as a country music singer touring with the biggest acts in country music today? How does it happen that one of the first songs he writes in Nashville winds up hitting number 1 on the country charts? How does the kid from the small town follow that up with a top 5 hit, a top 15 hit and his second number 1 and fastest rising single from his second album “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away?” How does he get voted “2009’s Best Male Country Artist” by Billboard Magazine?
He starts by being true to himself, in the way he lives and in the songs he writes. When he sings about growing up in Poyen in his number 1 hit, “Small Town USA” and that “some people called it prison when I was growin’ up, but these are my roots and this is what I love”, he means every word of it.
When he sings about a “rifle in a gun rack hanging in the back glass” from his top 5 hit “Backwoods”, that’s the way it is in his home town, where he learned how to hunt and fish from his grandpa, “PawPaw”, Tom Moore, and how to tend to the cattle and work the fields from his grandpa “Paw” , Charles Webb.
He had the type of childhood most people would envy, loving grandparents on both sides of the family tree, Aunts and Uncles, cousins, best boyhood and lifelong friends, Sunday meals after church with family and friends, summers on the lake fishing with his buddies, ball games on Friday nights and supportive and nurturing parents who taught him wrong from right and the importance of being a good Christian.
His parents Tommy Ray and Charlene Moore first noticed he could sing on key and memorize songs in almost an instant when he was 2 years old. They had the “scratching the head” moments of “is this real or do we think he’s good because he’s our son”? But once he started being asked to sing all the solos in church on Sunday’s and people started noticing, Tommy Ray and Charlene realized he had a special gift.
As Justin moved through high school as an outstanding athlete in both basketball and baseball he was undecided about a career path, music or sports. With a sports scholarship offer he decided to give college a try. Two weeks at college told him that his true calling was in music, and with his parents support and blessing they all decided to give it a try.
He made the move to Nashville at the very young age of 18, buoyed by the urging of his now manager Pete Hartung of L3 Entertainment. They met with up and coming producer/songwriter Jeremy Stover, and Justin and Jeremy realized that they had both found the perfect fit. Jeremy became Justin’s writing partner and producer and when they had written the songs they thought they needed for an album they took it to Scott Borchetta, President of the Big Machine Label Group. The record deal was forthcoming and in August of 2009 Justin released his first album, “Justin Moore” on The Valory Music Company label. That album is fast approaching Gold Status!
It was an exciting time for Justin as he spent all of 2009 and 2010 touring with the biggest names in country music, including Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.
He signed on for the 2011 summer “Flatts Fest Tour” with Rascal Flatts. He finished 2011 with Miranda Lambert and then with Darius Rucker. He started January 2012 touring with Blake Shelton and ended the year on the Eric Church “Blood, Sweat and Beers” tour, his headlining shows have sold out in clubs across the country and his loyal fan base continues to grow at a rapid pace. His music resonates strongly with the blue collar, hard working Americans who break their backs just to earn a buck and never get ahead but wouldn’t have it any other way, to paraphrase the lyric from his #1 hit, “Small Town USA”.
Justin’s sophomore album “Outlaws Like Me” debuted at number one upon it’s release nationwide on June 21, 2011 and quickly landed him his second Number 1 along with a top 15 and then his first ever love song, “Til My Last Day” became his third number one in December, 2012.
2012 finished on a high note with both of his albums reaching gold status within a month of each other.
Justin’s fans have found his new album filled with songs that stay true his roots, some hard rocking kick ass cuts and some that show a slightly softer side, a sign of kind of a musical maturity, so to speak, brought on no doubt by the three greatest joys in his life, his daughter Ella, born in February 2009, his daughter Kennedy born in November 2011, and his beautiful wife Kate.
More information at: Big Machine Label Group | Justin Moore