If Justin Moore’s set at this year’s Bath Filter Big O Music Fest is any indication of what is in store for his upcoming headlining tour, then some of country’s elite touring acts should be worried. There’s a new superstar ready to take over, and he’s country. Real country.
Commanding the stage amid the flashbulbs and thousands of screaming fans, Justin Moore kicked off his performance with “Guns.” Cranking the energy even more, the rollicking “How I Got To Be This Way,” had fans erupting in thunderous applause.
A track from his “Outlaws Like Me” album, “My Kind of Woman,” depicts the perfect country woman and includes a creative reference to duck calls that was censored on the album’s version. Fan favorite, “Flying’ Down A Back Road” brought a philosophical touch to his rousing set.
“Everybody here knows that I play real country. God bless real country music,” the Arkansas native exclaimed. He then launched into a song titled, “Old Back In The New School,” from his upcoming album, “Off The Beaten Path.” This marks his third album release and is due in stores on September 17.
Justin Moore’s band is arguably one of the best sounding in touring acts today. “Til My Last Day” was a standout example of the finely-tuned musicianship between each band member.
Endless rows of cell phones and lighters filled the air as Justin Moore performed, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” The Rhett Akins-penned tune remains extremely personal to Justin and was obvious that it resonated just as much with the crowd.
His current single, “Point At You,” which happens to be his fastest-rising hit to date, once again left crowds clapping along in the field. The catchy sing along, “Bait A Hook,” followed.
A snippet of Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” provided an appropriate intro for “Hank It,” an ode to Moore’s days as an opening act for the country legend.
Justin Moore’s breakthrough hit, “Small Town USA,” landed at number one almost exactly four years ago to this date. In fact, one of Justin’s first shows with the song holding the coveted top position was in nearby Evansville, Indiana. At the 2009 show, Justin, overcome with emotion, kneeled onstage and expressed his heartfelt thanks to the crowd. Some things never change. During his set at the Big O Music Fest, once again, Justin stood in awe after a lengthy ovation occurred during his performance of the song. His appreciation is genuine and certainly makes fans adore even more.
The set concluded with “I Could Kick Your Ass,” and his third single, “Backwoods.”
Justin Moore could have easily headlined this day-long music festival. His growth as an entertainer was rightfully demonstrated during his engaging performance. It’s also promising that there are still artists who believe in making real country music. Judging by the attendance of Saturday’s show, there are a lot of people who can’t get enough of Justin’s deeply-rooted country music. It’s safe to say that country fans are ready for Moore.