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(AUDIO) Justin Moore Stays Relevant While Staying True To Himself

September 15, 2013

When Justin Moore was recording his new album, Off the Beaten Path, which comes out on Tuesday, he wanted to choose songs that would be relevant in today’s musical landscape, but that would also be true to who he is as an artist. “When I put my first album out four years ago, the songs that were on the radio then ain’t what’s on the radio now,” he explains. “I can like it or not like it (but) I live in that world. Because of that, we took a few chances on this record.” He didn’t want to record anything that was so drastically different that it would alienate his current fan base but at the same time he felt like it was important to “stretch myself and grow again in order to grow our fan base. I really feel like we did that.”

While Justin is very proud of Off the Beaten Path, which features his latest hit, “Point At You,” he says, “If I’m being perfectly honest, if I went and cut an album that I wanted to cut and I didn’t have to worry about the outside influences and I was just cutting an album of what I loved, I’d go cut an album that sounded like it was made in the ‘90s in country music. ‘Cause that’s my favorite thing to listen to and that’s my favorite thing to do. But, that ain’t what’s being played on the radio right now. At the end of the day, my job is to give an album to my record label that they feel like they can continue to help me grow my artistry and grow my career.” So this new album, he says, “is as much as I can bend each way, and it represents where I’m at as an artist right now.” While he’d love to record an album with steel guitar all over it he says, “You gotta change and grow and evolve as the music does.”


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Justin Moore – new album most representative 1:04

“I think, at the time, right now, yeah. You know, if I’m being perfectly honest, if I went and cut an album that I wanted to cut and I didn’t have to worry about the outside influences and I was just cutting an album of what I loved, I’d go cut an album that sounded like it was made in the ‘90s in country music. ‘Cause that’s my favorite thing to listen to and that’s my favorite thing to do. But, that ain’t what’s being played on the radio right now. At the end of the day, my job is to give an album to my record label that they feel like they can continue to help me grow my artistry and grow my career. So, in some regards, yeah. This is as much as I can bend each way, and it represents where I’m at as an artist right now. In some ways, no. I’d go cut stuff that had steel guitar going all the way through it. A very simple production and all that stuff. But you gotta change and grow and evolve as the music does.”



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“When I put my first album out four years ago, the songs that were on the radio then ain’t what’s on the radio now. That ain’t my decision. I can like it or not like it. I live in that world. Because of that, we took a few chances on this record. My goal with the record, and I feel like we accomplished it, was to stay true to who I am as an artist and what got me to this point in my career. In particular, for the fans that’ve been there from the get go. But also stretch myself and grow again in order to grow our fan base. I really feel like we did that. I think the nucleus of the album, people are accustomed to hearing that type of thing from me but I think there’s some songs on there that can help us achieve our next goals.”

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