PRINCETON — Justin Moore will perform Aug. 23 during the 39th annual country show at this year’s Bureau 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, Ark., native grew up in a town with a population of 272; the sign with that declaration sits in his grandparents front yard.
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 No. 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 No. 1 and fastest rising single from his second album “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away?”
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 No. 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 hometown, 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 when he was 2 years old. As Justin moved through high school as an outstanding athlete in both basketball and baseball he was undecided about a career. 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. In August 2009 Justin released his first album, “Justin Moore” on The Valory Music Co. label. 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.
His headlining shows have sold out in clubs across the country, and his loyal fan base continues to grow. Moore’s sophomore album “Outlaws Like Me” debuted at No. 1 upon its’ release nationwide on June 21, 2011, and quickly landed him his second No. 1 along with a Top 15 and a current single and his first ever love song “Til My Last Day” sitting at No. 12 on the charts and headed upwards.
Moore’s fans have found his new album filled with songs that stay true his roots.
Moore is currently working on his third studio album and also preparing for his first headlining tour.
Tickets for the show will go on sale at 9 a.m. June 8.
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