Justin Moore is a busy father these days. With the release of his brand new album, “Outlaws Like Me,” the announcement of baby number two on the way, and being on tour with Rascal Flatts; he somehow found the time to call us this morning.
In our exclusive interview with Justin, we found out which country star he thinks is a “freak,” what song he wish he wrote, and what former tour-mate Josh Kelley convinced him to put on his iPod during the Miranda Lambert Revolution tour.
A down-to-earth small town boy, Justin tweeted earlier this week that “good thing I don’t make albums for critics. I make em for you guys and myself.”
Congratulations on the release of your album, “Outlaws Like Me,” this week. I don’t know if you’re aware or not, but it’s the #2 country album in Canada right now.
Is it really? That’s really cool, I had no idea.
Yes! Right behind Brad Paisley.
Brad who? [laughs] I don’t know who that is.
He plays guitar or something.
I don’t know if he does! [laughs]
Do you feel like your strong family values affect who you are as an artist today?
You noticed! You write the best about what you know as a songwriter. I’ve become a better dad, a better grandson, a better Christian the last couple of years. In writing this album in particular, it’s natural to write about what you know best.
What’s one thing you miss the most when you’re out on the road?
I’m lucky I have two busses this year, so sometimes my wife and daughter can join me out on the road, sometimes. But, you know, I still miss my mom and dad, aunts and uncles, miss the grandparents and things like that.
What’s one thing your wife loves about your career, and one thing she hates?
That’s a great question. Great question. She, you know, obviously we’re lucky to have the opportunity to do what we do and perform every night, and that I have a job to support my daughter. I’m thankful for that, and I’m sure she’s thankful that she doesn’t have to work so she can spend time with her. The one thing she hates is, well, I’m not home very often.
Is there a song you really wished you released as a single?
“Grandpa.” My grandfather passed away and it’s been tough, he was always a big part of my life. He’s the reason we cut ["If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away."]
What artist on your iPod would your fans be surprised you actually listen to?
When I was out on the road with Miranda Lambert, Josh Kelley and I were out playing a round of golf. We somehow started talking about his music and I was like, “man, I can’t believe I’ve never bought a Bob Marley album.” So I got that on there. And that whole tour was a lot of fun.
You just finished touring with Miranda Lambert. What did you pick up while touring with her?
You know, Miranda and I have been buddies now for a couple of years. We’ve been wanting to do this together for a while, and I’m glad that we made it happen. I hate that we’re done with it, but I had to jump off to go do this thing with [Rascal Flatts] and stuff and it’s going to be a blast. Anybody you tour with you take stuff from, stuff as simple as backstage where you go, “man, if I ever get to this point, that would be a good idea,” or, “I’d like to do this that way if I ever get here.” You take a little bit from everyone when you’re out there.
What song on the charts right now do you wish you had written?
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away. [laughs]. Ronnie Dunn’s new one, man, I wish I had written and recorded that one. It’s an incredible song. He’s a freak, and I mean that in the nicest way.
What else can fans expect from you this year? Any surprises in store?
Well, I don’t know about surprises. I don’t know if you heard about this yet or not, but my wife and I just announced that we are expecting our second child in November. But I don’t know, I don’t think so. We’re two albums down now.
Outlaws Like Me is available right now, and is the number one country album on the U.S. iTunes charts. It’s number four overall. “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” is Justin’s fastest rising single of his career. Check out the music video for Heaven below.