ACM award-winning Justin Moore headlines Hampton Beach Casino on SaturdayBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader August 09. 2017 1:54PM
Chart-topping, ACM award-winning artist Justin Moore heads to New Hampshire on Saturday, Aug. 19, to headline a show at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, and fans can expect to hear hits like “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” “Somebody Else Will” and “Small Town USA” on the set list.
One song you’re unlikely to hear? “The Ballad of Claus Jorstad (Devil Stool).”
That’s the tune Moore performed as part of a recent “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” skit that landed him an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category. The spoof was written by Jimmy Kimmel and Gary Greenberg.
“If you had told me I would be a part of earning an Emmy nod for singing a song about what I did, I would have thought you were crazy. Haha,” Moore said. “Nonetheless, it’s very cool to hear. I’m excited for Jimmy and his crew. Hopefully, we can bring it home. They told me this week that they would share it with me, so it would be pretty cool to add an Emmy to the mantel.”
The song is about an unlucky man in Norway who had an unfortunate run-in with an Ikea stool in the shower, when a certain part of his anatomy became stuck in a hole in the stool.
Moore responded to questions from NH Weekend recently in an email interview ahead of his gig in the Granite State.
Q: Your image has been described as a good kid from a small town, big heart, able to sing about it. Easy to maintain the image? And do you like being identified as such a guy?
A: Very easy. It’s me. I didn’t set out to “create an image.” I’ve always been myself. If you do that, you never have to fake anything.
Was it hard for you to write songs in the beginning? It is easier now?
It was hard. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. But, with anything you do, the more you do it, the better you get at it. If not, you’re doing the wrong thing.
What are your favorite topics to write about? And how does the inspiration hit you?
It never hits you the same way twice. It could be a melody in your head, or simply a line or a title. I use real-life situations as inspiration. That’s where your best material comes from. If you’ve gone through it, chances are, so have other people.
Country singers seem more amenable to talking to fans if they are approached off stage. Do you like talking with the fans, and what do you talk about?
I love it. They’re the reason we have our jobs and the opportunities we have. We talk about the same stuff anyone else talks about ... sports, family, etc.
Have country audiences changed at all during your time in the business? How would you describe a Justin Moore audience?
I don’t think audiences have changed, necessarily. The industry has. But the fans are the same as they’ve always been to me. My audience is incredibly passionate about country music. Thankfully, our music.
You’ve played many types of shows — multi-artist jams on down to headlining gigs like the one you will play in New Hampshire. What are your favorite types of shows and why?
I’m an artist who enjoys different types of shows throughout the year. Multi-artist shows, my own, acoustic stuff, etc. I like to do all of them, and we do all of them. The festivals are fun, in particular, because of the party atmosphere.
People know your big hits. Are there any songs in your catalog that you think might deserve a little more love?
Fortunately, because our fans are so passionate, they know all the stuff on our albums. It’s hard for me to surprise them with anything. Some of our most popular songs are album cuts.
Do you personally prefer the quicker-paced songs or your slower tunes?
Each song is different. Obviously, you need both. We’ve been lucky to have hit records on both types. It would be tough to choose one kind of song as a favorite. I just love great songs, regardless of the style.