LEWISBURG, WV (05/24/2012)(readMedia)– Country artist Justin Moore will perform on the State Fair grandstand on August 14th at 8 p.m.
When Justin Moore tells his fans that he’s “proud to be from small town USA.” it is from the heart. The Poyen, Arkansas native grew up in a town with a population of 272. A sign with that declaration sits in his grandparents’ front yard. He graduated from high school with 37 classmates. So how does a kid from a town that small work his way up to Music Row, a record deal and eventual stardom as a country music singer touring with the biggest acts in country music today? How does it happen that one of the first songs he writes in Nashville winds up hitting #1 on the Country charts? How does the kid from the small town follow that with two subsequent smashes? The answer lies in his #1 hit “If Heaven Wasn’t so Far Away,” from his sophomore album.
In an industry often populated by manufactured personas, Justin Moore has always been true to himself, in both the way he lives and in the songs he writes. When he sings about growing up in Poyen in his first #1 hit, “Small Town USA” and how “some people called it prison when [he] was growin’ up, but these are [his] roots and this is what [he] love[s],” he means every word of it. When he sings about a “rifle in a gun rack hanging in the back glass” from his hit single, “Backwoods,” that’s the way it is in his hometown where he learned to hunt and fish from his grandpa “PaPa,” Tom Moore, and how to tend to the cattle and work the fields from his grandpa “Pa,” Charles Webb.
He made the move to Nashville at the young age of 18, buoyed by the urging of his now-manager Pete Hartung. They met with up-and-coming producer/songwriter Jeremy Stover and soon Justin and Jeremy realized that they had both found the perfect fit. Once the twosome has written and produced the songs they thought they needed, they went to Scott Borchetta, President CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, who would help turn Justin’s lifelong dream into a reality. Scott offered Justin a record deal, and in August of 2009, they released his debut album, JUSTIN MOORE, on The Valory Music Co. label.
It was an exciting time for Justin as he spent all of 2009 and 2010 touring with the biggest names in country music, including Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker. He has sold over 2.2 million digital downloads to date and his sophomore album OUTLAWS LIKE ME hit the #1 spot the week it was released. OUTLAWS LIKE ME includes the fastest-rising single of Moore’s career, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” which ascended to the #1 spot. His debut album scored three consecutive smash singles – #1 “Small Town USA” as well as the hits “Backwoods” and “How I Got To Be This Way.”
Tickets for the Justin Moore event go on sale June 7th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Visit www.statefairofwv.com for details.
The 2012 State Fair is themed “Memories that grow…year after year.” and is scheduled August 10-18. 2012. The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state of West Virginia, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.