On July 15, 2019, the GRAMMY Museum was thrilled to welcome country music chart-topping powerhouse Justin Moore, to discuss the making of his album Late Nights and Longnecks.
Country artist Justin Moore proves that, through all the fame and success, he’s still just the same country boy he’s always been on his stellar album, Late Nights and Longnecks. Tipping its cap to Alan Jackson and George Strait, the record is Moore’s most traditional-sounding collection to date. An Arkansas native who grew up idolizing Dwight Yoakam and Keith Whitley, Moore knows a thing or two about hit records. After signing to The Valory Music Co., an imprint of the Big Machine Label Group, he landed his first country #1 with “Small Town USA,” the breakout single off his 2009 self-titled debut. The record went platinum, as did its 2011 follow-up, Outlaws Like Me, which yielded yet another #1 single with “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” In 2014, Moore landed the coveted New Artist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards after releasing his critically acclaimed third album, Off The Beaten Path, and in 2016, he dropped “Kinda Don’t Care,” his third consecutive #1 record. The New York Times hailed Moore as proof that “old forms can stand even stronger with injections of new ideas,” while Billboard celebrated his “down-home personality and wry sense of humor,” and Rolling Stone praised the “upbeat mix of contemporary country and honest twang that he perfected.” Moore’s songs racked up more than a billion on-demand and programmed streams, and he performed everywhere from Kimmel to The Today Show, in addition to headlining arenas and amphitheaters around the country.