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Arkansas-native Justin Moore, who scored his eighth number one country hit with the recent single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” brings his Late Nights and Longnecks Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Friday, Nov. 15. CONTRIBUTED
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."
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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."
WANT TO GO?
What: Justin Moore's Late Nights and Longnecks Tour with special guests Granger Smith and Justin Adams
Where: Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m.
More info: 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com
Artist info: www.justinmooremusic.com