NYCS First Impression: Justin Moore ‘Late Nights and Longnecks’
Two-time platinum-selling and ACM award winner Justin Moore releases his fifth studio album, Late Nights and Longnecks available everywhere tomorrow. The Arkansas native sticks to his roots with his latest project filling our ears with raw, booze-infused, traditional country music. Moore co-wrote all of the ten tracks on Late Nights and Longnecks along with songwriters Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy, Paul DiGiovanni, Chase McGill, and Rhett Akins. He has mastered the art of songwriting and showcases his unique craft on each track as he reflects on growing up a down-home country boy. Moore has given his loyal fans some of his best work to date.
Late Nights and Longnecks speaks to the reality of the word we live in, addressing everything from drinking through the good times and the bad, embracing fatherhood, and saluting our military. The first cut is the energetic drinking anthem “Why We Drink.” Moore explains every conceivable reason we may want to throw one back. No matter what day of the week, or what time it is, “it’s alcohol abuse if you pour one down the sink, that’s why we drink.”
“That’s My Boy” is a heartfelt track about fatherhood and it is Moore’s first time writing a song about one of his children. The sentimental ballad speaks to the type of man his son is and will become, and his poignant vocals stand out singing “that’s my heart, that’s my soul, that’s my last name, that’s a love like I’ve never known, yeah, that’s my boy.” Next up is Moore’s latest chart-topping tearjerker “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” an emotional tribute told with a genuine appreciation for our fallen heroes. One of the more uniquely written songs on the album “Jesus and Jack Daniels” is a story that goes down memory lane growing up with a Mother who is religious, and a Father who loves to drink. With a simple acoustic guitar strumming, Moore creates nostalgia with lyrics, “I got a little bit from both of them, a little bible, and a little buzz.”
On a more light-hearted note, he puts a creative twist on the upbeat song “Airport Bar,” proving you don’t have to be anywhere else than an airport bar to escape from reality, get over an ex, and take off. “Small Town Street Cred” is an electric’ up-tempo track with a modern take on growing up in the country. The electric guitar strum with Moore’s vocals makes for a rockin’ small town anthem melody. Moore continues the liveliness with “Never Gonna Drink Again” The party song has a catchy beat and a different take compared to many of his other songs which could be appealing to a more modern age of country music fans. Moore goes on a bender when everything seems to be going wrong singing, “Right now Jim Beam is the only thing gonna fix me, and I’m gonna drink till I swear that I’m never going to drink again.”
Slowing things down again, “On the Rocks” is a moving ballad that showcases Moore’s incredible vocals. Beginning with a simple piano, the dramatic story unfolds as he compares his failing relationship to drinking until he’s cut off because “this whiskey ain’t the only thing on the rocks.” Going back to his twangy outlaw side, “Some Day I Gotta Quit” is all about reminiscing on mistakes he’s made all the while knowing he has to eventually put a stop to it. Finishing out the record, “Good Times Don’t” is reminiscent of a nostalgic country song about all the things in life that we enjoy, and a reminder that “the world spins round, and kids get grown, but you still turn it up when Hank comes on, yeah, times change, but good times don’t.”
With his latest album Late Nights and Longnecks, Moore proves he has an unbelievable ability to connect to listeners through his artistry. He sticks to what fans know and love about his authentic music, all while pushing boundaries. There is no doubt Moore’s unique twang and infectious voice will continue to captivate traditional country fans as well as newcomers for years to come.
New York City fans will have the opportunity to meet Justin Moore on Wednesday, 7/31 at 11AM at The Shop at NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
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Late Nights and Longnecks is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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