About Justin Moore
Justin Moore can go toe-to-toe with any of his hick-hop and bro-country peers when it comes to delivering party-hearty hits about boozy good times. (“You Look Like I Need a Drink” is just one of Moore’s many memorable song titles.) Yet the singer and guitarist’s love of country-music tradition may be what makes his otherwise modern brand of country so engaging. Born in 1984 in Poyen, Arkansas, Moore grew up on old-school Nashville greats like Hank Williams, Jr. and David Allan Coe, learning the value of clever rhymes, tightly crafted tunes, and a solidly blue-collar sensibility. He paid his respect to those heroes when he namechecked them—along with Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd—on “Small Town USA,” a punchy ode to living simply that became one of several big hits on Moore’s 2009 self-titled debut. While there were many more fun-loving songs on 2011’s Outlaws Like Me—his first in a run of No. 1 albums on Billboard’s country chart—and later efforts like 2016’s Kinda Don’t Care, Moore’s been unafraid of showing his softer side. With songs like “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” a 2011 hit about missing loved ones, and “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” a poignant song on 2019’s Late Nights and Longnecks about fallen soldiers and the holes they leave in their communities, he made sure there were some tears in those beers, too.
BORNMarch 30, 1984