For his 2016 album, “Kinda Don’t Care,” Justin Moore injected some southern R&B into his country music. While the experiment was an overwhelming success with fans and critics, the Arkansas native returned to more familiar terrain on his latest album, “Late Nights and Longnecks.”
He’s performing at Hobart Arena in Troy on Friday, Nov. 15.
Valory Music Group released Moore’s debut album in August 2009 and he had his first No. 1 single that same month with “Small Town USA.” He has scored seven chart-toppers since then, including his most recent hit, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home.”
Moore recently discussed “Late Nights and Longnecks,” which was released by Valory in July.
Back in the saddle: “Our last album was a little outside the box for me. I wrote two or three songs on that album and that’s the opposite of what I’ve done throughout my entire career. With this album, I didn’t want to miss the writing process because it’s something I’ve done for so long and I really enjoy it.”
Destination writing session: “When we were getting ready to start writing for this album, I said, ‘Why don’t we just get some of our buddies we enjoy hanging out with and writing songs with and do it retreat style?’ My wife and I have had a home down in the panhandle of Florida for a few years now so we picked four or five guys we really enjoy making music with and went down there. It was fun. It was an environment that bread creativity so I can’t imagine we won’t do it that way again in the future.”
Returning to his roots: “For this album, we made a concerted effort to get back to my roots, if you will, which is more traditional country. I feel comfortable in that space as a songwriter, much more so than what we were doing on the last album. It was fun, man.”
Experience breeds confidence: “Early in your career, you put some pressure on yourself to try to write hit singles or whatever. The longer I’ve done it, the better I’ve gotten at eluding that pressure and that stress because it can stunt your creativity. Having the success we’ve been fortunate to have over the past 12 years or so, it can either bring more pressure or relax you and, fortunately for me, it has relaxed me. We’ve been lucky to experience so much more throughout my career than I ever anticipated so everything else from now is just a cherry on top for me.”
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