Justin Moore Hits Number 1!
September 30, 2009, 12:34 pm
Filed under: Country Music News

Justin Moore found another reason to love his hometown last week when his latest single, “Small Town USA,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard country chart. And the residents of Poyen, Ark. — population 272, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau numbers — probably love him even more for shining the national spotlight on their community in the song’s music video.

Moore’s debut single, “Back That Thing Up,” was released late last year and made it to No. 38 on the country chart, a respectable start for a brand new artist. “Small Town USA,” which Moore wrote with Dean Maher and Jeremy Stover, made a much stronger connection with country music fans.

“The struggle as a new act, I think, is to go out there and have people know who you are right off the bat, rather than just going, ‘Oh, I like that song. Who sings that?'” he tells CMT.com. “We put songs on the album that we thought would give people a good idea of who I am as artist, but it’s just as important for people to know who you are as a person.

“With ‘Back That Thing Up,’ people got a good idea that we like to have a good time and that I don’t take myself too seriously. It had a Southern rock feel, which is a big part of my record and my live shows. With ‘Small Town USA,’ I think people got a better grasp of what I’m all about as a person.”

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