As his latest hit, “With A Woman You Love” continues to climb the country charts, Justin Moore is hopeful to receive his 11th No. 1.
Sitting down to chat with Country Now, Moore reflects on this single and discusses “scaling back” on his busy schedule to spend precious time with his family.
“This one’s just as special as the first one,” Moore said in reference to producing yet another potential chart-topping hit. “You never know when it’s gonna be the last one, so you gotta just soak it in and appreciate all of ’em and be in the moment.”
When he first shared the upcoming album with his record label, he explained that he was “surprised” when the team choose to highlight this particular song as a single.
“It never was one that necessarily jumped out at me, but that’s kind of what’s fun about it. Everybody hears songs differently and relates to ’em differently. That’s kind of one of the special things, in my opinion about country music.”
Since Moore drew inspiration from his love for his wife, Kate, when writing the song, it only made sense for both of them to be featured in the official lyric video. The lovebirds were filmed riding their horses off into the distance together as a nostalgic, grainy filter overlaps the footage while the heartfelt lyrics are displayed across the screen.
Once his career was pretty well-established, Moore allowed himself to cut back on his time away from home and just enjoy moments like this with his wife and four kids. Around the same time that his oldest daughter, Ella Kole was born, his career was at its busiest, making it especially difficult to be gone for long periods.
“Fortunately, she was so young she doesn’t remember. Once she got a little older and was hanging on my legs when I left saying, ‘please don’t go,’ we scaled it back. We’re still out there, 80, 90 dates a year, which in the grand scheme of things, is still quite a bit.”
He added, “As we had more kids, it became obvious to me that my priorities were different. It wasn’t like I designed it that way, but you just wanna be home more.”
The country star also doubles as a basketball, softball and tee-ball coach for his kids. So while touring is on his priority list, it’s not at the very top anymore.
Moore is currently finishing up his Country On It tour, which kicked off in April and will come to an end in September. When he finds himself on stage, seeing the fans connect with him, Moore is reminded of why he got into the music business in the first place. Suddenly, all the long hours in the studio and nights spent on the bus feel worth it.
“When you get a chance to do that every night, that’s when you go, ‘this is why we do all the things we don’t wanna do, for that moment right there.’ Each crowd and each show has its own special kind of rhythm to it, if you will.”
Granger Smith has joined him out on the road as a special guest for this stint of shows. Moore revealed he has “a ton of respect” for the “Happens Like that” singer, both as an artist and just as a human being. In addition to Smith, Moore’s kids have also gotten to tag along from time to time if they choose to.
“I had all three of my girls out this past weekend,” he told Country Now. “I was actually getting ready, packing to leave and my oldest daughter, who probably comes out less than any of the rest of ’em because she’s like, ‘I’ve been there, done that,’ she goes, ‘hey dad, can I go?’ Then the other two wanted to go too.”
Having his kids join him gives them all the chance to connect over fun activities like going to the movies, the zoo and even the fair when he has spare time between shows.
“This week I’m actually taking my son out because he was mad he didn’t get to go,” he added. “That’s another thing, having my own bus, they get to come out whenever they want to.”
The next goal on Moore’s list is to release his forthcoming album, which includes the type of music that made fans fall in love with him in the first place – “traditional, straight-ahead country.” He even teased that two duets will be featured on the track list.
“One male, one female and one of ’em very well could be the next single. That’s something we’ve never done. We’ve had a lot of duets on our albums, but we’ve never put one out as a single, so that’s something fun to be looking forward to.”
After he officially wraps up his headlining tour, Moore and his band will head to Mexico to perform at Country Fest Cancun. Not only will this be an exciting destination to perform in, but they also get to bring their significant others along for the trip.
“Coming off the last few years where we’ve dealt with all the things we’ve dealt with, I thought that would be kind of a fun deal. Not to mention, playing down there will be a lot of fun.”
Justin Moore’s next scheduled tour date is set for Saturday, August 20 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. A full list of tour dates can be found HERE.