Justin has always had an interesting way of negotiating the good ole boy/redneck reality that's defined today's hardcore country fan. A little bit rowdy, a little bit sentimental, a whole lotta roughneck, he has dented the country radio charts with three No. 1s in the anything but big city "Small Town USA," the sentimental family embracing "If Heaven Weren't So Far Away" and the fidelity pledge "Til My Last Day," in addition to the Top 10 mission declaration "Backwoods."
But the hits don't really tell the whole story. This is the man whose first single – a digital only release – was "I Could Kick Your Ass," who flexed his sense of humor with the new guy mocking "Bait A Hook" and unapologetically throw down "How I Got To Be This Way." And long before booty country became a touchstone, Justin dropped the swaggering "Back That Thing Up."
Justin has built a career eschewing the path most taken, building a fan base of people just like him. Cars, trucks, creeks, cut-offs, dirt roads, water towers, a slower pace and harder way to hit it: those are the ties that bind the proud, the rebel yelling, the good timing kids who don't give a damn about the media, the above the line, the hardcore hipsters or the white collar noose of office work.
No less than the great Charlie Daniels, a man who's hung tough for hardcore old school values, was a special guest on Justin's 2013 album Off The Beaten Path. Like Charlie, "A Country Boy Can Survive" vintage Hank Williams Sr. and the most mainstream-era of David Allen Coe, Justin Moore knows who he is, what matters and he's not going to bend or compromise those things in the name of chasing what everyone else is already doing.
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