Launch: Justin Moore
A native of Arkansas (and an avid Razorback fan), Moore has gained a loyal fan following since he first signed to the Valory Music Group in 2008, thanks to such singles as “Bait a Hook,” “Small Town USA” and “Til My Last Day.”
Moore’s latest single, “Point at You,” has climbed high on the charts and is currently hovering in the Top 5.
“It’s one of those songs, to me, [that] sounded like I could have written it,” Moore told Radio.com about “Point At You.” He was honest when he said that, prior to his recent No. 1 success with “Til My Last Day,” he may never have paid attention to “Point at You,” because back then “I didn’t really do any love songs.” To him, though, “Point at You” was “a perfect extension of that song. I’m really careful about love songs and outside songs that I cut.” And as he explained, this one passed the test. “I just thought this one was so me, that I was all about it.”
“I try to find songs that are as real as possible. And all the things in this song I’ve done…or would do,” he continued, with a chuckle.
Told from the male point of view in a relationship, “Point at You” has a line about the guy having “a wild side” that’s “at least a country mile wide,” and if you want to see his “sweet,” “soft” and, as he puts it, “best side,” he simply points to his female partner. So how does Moore himself balance those two sides in his music?
“I think there are songs on this album that do both,” he explained. As an example, he mentions “That’s How I Know You Love Me.” He didn’t write it, but to him, “it’s one of the most truthful, straight-to-the-point songs about me and my wife’s relationship that I’ve ever heard. So I think that shows a bit of both.” He also describes the song as not only “probably my favorite song off the album,” but “probably my favorite song I’ve ever recorded.”
The album, though, has a wide range of material. “There’s funny songs on there, there’s beer drinking songs on there, there’s love songs on there, and depending on the day I’m one of those things. That’s why I love music in general–it can make you want to have a good time, it can make you cry, it can make you happy or sad. So the album as a whole represents where I’m at right now.”
“It’s definitely the most diverse album I’ve done,” Moore said confidently. But at the same time, he feels that fans will recognize a “continuity running through it” that connects with the sound, songs and lyrics found on his first two albums.
“The balancing act is trying to figure out how to stay true to who you are, and at the same time grow,” he explained. “And I think that we did that on this album.”
Off the Beaten Path Track Listing:
1. ‘Old Back in the New School’
2. ‘Lettin’ the Night Roll’
3. ‘Old Habits’ (featuring Miranda Lambert)
4. ‘Point at You’
5. ‘I’d Want It To Be Yours’
6. ‘This Kind of Town’
7. ‘Country Radio’
8. ‘That’s How I Know You Love Me’
9. ‘Off the Beaten Path’
10. ‘One Dirt Road’
11. ‘For Some Ol Redneck Reason’ (featuring Charlie Daniels)
Deluxe edition also includes:
2. ‘Big Ass Headache’
3. ‘Dirt Road Kid’
4. ‘Field Fulla Hillbillies’
Justin Moore’s Off the Beaten Path Tour, with Randy Houser and Josh Thompson, kicks off Nov. 1 in Springfield, Missouri and continues into the spring.
Preorder Off the Beaten Path on iTunes.