Justin Moore has been an interesting artist to follow in country music. With someone with such a strong sense of who he is, he’s never been able to find a song that really got him the attention he deserved until “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” He’s always had different single choices than what I would have chosen for him, and now after the success that was “Heaven,” would he be able to follow that up and stay in the spotlight?
I saw him live for the first time last weekend at the Capital Hoedown in Ottawa, Canada. I had been told by fans how great of a performer he was live – and they weren’t kidding. Once you’ve seen him sing the tracks off of “Outlaws Like Me” it’s hard to rock out to the studio versions in the same way. “Bait A Hook” is his latest single from his new album, and while it is catchy, it doesn’t live up to its live potential – but it’s still great. While critics have looked down on the song unfavorably because of the city boy versus country boy topic, I love it!