Justin Moore wanted to go back: back to tradition, back to basics, back to the beach. “Before I ever had a record deal, my producer and I used to pop down to the beach in Florida and write for three or four days at a time,” the country star remembers. “I wanted to reconnect with that spirit on this new album, so I said, ‘Let’s go work down there again like we used to ten, twelve years ago.’”
Moore has grown from an aspiring songwriter into a chart-topping powerhouse in those years, but his stellar new album, ‘Late Nights and Longnecks,’ is proof positive that he’s still the same country boy at heart. Equal parts celebration and reflection, the album is a showcase for Moore’s evocative storytelling and unforgettable voice, complemented here by an all-star band featuring GRAMMY and CMA Award-winning guitar icon Brent Mason ACM-winning pedal steel hero Paul Franklin among others.
“I stepped out of my comfort zone and did things a little differently on the last album,” explains Moore. “We recorded some songs that became big hits for me that I probably wouldn’t have cut earlier in my career. It was a lot of fun to try something new like that in the studio, but afterwards, I really just wanted to just get back into writing songs and make the most traditional sounding record I could.”
That desire for comfort and connection is what ‘Late Nights and Longnecks’ is all about. Some characters find it at the bar, some find it at home, some don’t find it at all, but at the end of the day, they all share the search in common, asking the big questions and facing down the future in the process. For Justin Moore, moving forward meant going back to where it all began, and he couldn’t be happier about it. “Not only is this my best album, it was the most fun I’ve ever had making a record,” he says. “That’s the whole reason I got into this business in the first place.”