Justin Moore raising the stakes with headlining tour
By Tricia Despres For Sun-Times Media November 29, 2013 2:52PM
Justin More brings his tour to the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday. | Getty Images
With Randy Houser and
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Rosemont Theatre,
5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont
Info: (847) 671-5100;
Updated: November 29, 2013 4:04PM
Justin Moore ain’t the jealous type. But a few weeks ago, the country music star from Arkansas proved he was human. As he watched yet another award show in which he was again not recognized for the progress he has made in his impressive career, Moore turned to good ol’ Twitter to admit he was starting to get just a tad annoyed.
“I didn’t get into this to win awards,” says Moore, regarding his Nov. 6 tweet. “But when you know that your stats are such and other folks with similar stats, or less than, are up there winning those awards. ... I mean, I would be lying if I said it didn’t bug me.”
And Moore ain’t no liar.
“I have always been open and honest with my fans,” he continues. “And believe me when I say that I’m not trying to be disrespectful of anyone, especially the artists that are winning awards because many of them are my buddies and they are much deserved. I’m thrilled for them. But I wanted my fans to know that I honestly have no idea why I haven’t not gotten that phone call or that slot for whatever reason. I guess if down the road we starting winning some of these awards, it will be great. If not, we still have a really good thing going on here.”
That “really good thing” actually is all sorts of good things. Moore’s third studio album, “Off the Beaten Path” and the album’s first single, “Point at You,” both reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard Country Albums and Singles Chart respectively, this year, successfully following past number ones such as “Small Town USA” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”
“It’s nothing short of a miracle for the stars to align and have just one No. 1, so for us to have a total of four of them is mind-blowing to me,” he says. “I’m always cautious that I knew about this song or that song, but there was absolutely no conversation about “Point at You” being the first single off the new album. The single before it (‘Till My Last Day’) was the first love song we had put it out, and honestly I didn’t know if the fans wanted to hear that kinda thing from us. But with ‘Point at You’ being yet another love song and seeing the success we had with it and the people we added to our fan base, I guess we made the right decision.”
Moore pulls into Rosemont Saturday not only psyched about his latest love song, “Lettin’ the Night Roll,” making its way up the charts, but downright relishing his new role as headliner.
“We went from a couple buses and one tractor trailer to three buses and three tractor trailers, which gives you an idea of all the extra crap we are carrying,” laughs Moore, who will share the stage with fellow artists Randy Houser and Josh Thompson. “To be able to go out there and plug all the toys and lighting in and play music with my friends — there is nothing better.”