Justin Moore (2009)
|Artist: Justin Moore|
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Notes & Personnel Info
|Audio Mixer: Jamie Tate.|
|At a time when the contemporary country scene was increasingly populated by Yankees who had rarely even seen a field, Justin Moore brought an authentic, stone-cold country vibe to his debut record. A native of Poyen, Arkansas (population 272), Moore grew up working on a cattle farm before turning to music, and frequent references to his rural upbringing populate the songs on JUSTIN MOORE. On tracks such as "I Could Kick Your Ass" and the hit single "Small Town USA," Moore brings an extreme twang to material that is informed equally by the barroom swagger of George Jones and the redneck bravado of Hank Williams Jr..|
Producer: Jeremy Stover
Engineer: Jason Kyle
|Release Date : 08/11/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : VMCAJM0100|
|Label : Valory|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00843930002108|
When Justin Moore found himself homesick and missing his mother's Southern cooking after moving to Nashville several years ago to pursue his musical dream, he was inspired to write "Small Town USA," an ode to the spirit and simplicity of small-town life. "A lot of people called it prison when I was growin' up, But these are my roots and this is what I love," sings Justin about Poyen, Ark.
Justin knew he had to record the song because it succinctly captured the upbringing that shaped him both as an artist and as a man, but he wasn't sure if the autobiographical song would speak to those from different backgrounds. "Thank God I was wrong," he says.
The fast-rising song has become a Top 15 hit and established Justin as one of 2009's break-out country artists, garnering attention from People, The Washington Post and Billboard. The singer-songwriter landed coveted spots on tours with Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd and opened for Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and ZZ Top. "Moore's take on the (small-town) theme is clearly resonating with country music fans," states The Washington Post. During this time of corporate greed and economic uncertainty, his music is a timely reminder of what's truly important in life.
A pivotal moment occurred when he met young producer Jeremy Stover, who quickly became Justin's producer and chief collaborator. Jeremy, who eventually produced Jack Ingram and Danielle Peck, introduced Justin to respected industry executive Scott Borchetta, who was preparing to launch Big Machine Records and, ultimately, The Valory Music Co. "We met and he told me he would give me a record deal if I could be patient with him," Justin says. "At the time I was 19 or 20 and I thought, 'I'll get a record on the radio in a year from now and here we go.' Four or five years later, here we are.
"I thought, 'If Scott Borchetta wants to work with me, I'll wait as long as it takes. I'm going to continue writing songs and developing as an artist more.' You only get one shot at this, and I wanted to take my shot with Scott. When he started The Valory Music Co., it happened to be the right time and place for both of us. I don't think I could have handled this as a 20 year old. Things happen when they are supposed to."