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“The passing of my grandfather is a significant moment,” shares the country star. “This land has been a part of our family since the mid-1800s, and I ultimately inherited it from him.”
Justin Moore Speaks on His Nashville Experience and the Decision to Return Home
While Justin Moore expresses his appreciation for Nashville, he clarifies that residing there was never a long-term plan for him. Reflecting on his time in Music City at the start of his career, the 39-year-old country star reveals, “It was never my intention when I moved to Nashville to live there forever. I always just looked at it like a necessary part of my journey while I was trying to achieve my dreams.”
Despite achieving many of his dreams, Moore found fulfillment in his home state of Arkansas, where he recently celebrated his 12th No. 1 with “You, Me, and Whiskey” (feat. Priscilla Block). He highlights the significance of the move back home, recalling, “I was always pushing and looking for an opportunity where the timing made sense for us to come back home.”
The pivotal moment came when his wife, Kate, expressed her readiness to move back home. Moore shares, “I had been asking her for years, and I just had to wait until she was ready. A week later, we had already found a house and moved back home.” Returning to his hometown not only fulfilled personal happiness but, according to Moore, also saved his career. From his home office in Arkansas, he reflects, “I would not still be doing this for a living if I didn’t live here. I just wasn’t happy. I don’t think you can perform your best at your craft unless you’re happy. It was the right move for us, and it’s been wonderful.”
In the present, Justin Moore is deeply involved in coaching his children in sports and regularly attends the church where he was baptized. Reflecting on this aspect of his life, Moore acknowledges with a laugh, “It sounds like a cliché country song, but it’s true.”
Known for steering clear of clichés, Moore is recognized for his sincere and heartfelt songs such as “We Didn’t Have Much” and “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home.” His ability to weave relatable stories that touch the heart sets him apart in the country music scene.
Moore continues this trend with his latest single, “This Is My Dirt,” a poignant tribute to family legacy co-written with Paul DiGiovanni, Randy Montana, and Jeremy Stover. The song not only holds personal significance for Moore but also serves as a preview of his upcoming album, slated for release later this year.
Explaining the inspiration behind the song, Moore shares, “My grandfather passed away just over a year and a half ago. He was raised here. He got the land from his mother who died when he was born. This land has been in the family since the mid-1800s. It’s the land I grew up on too. I ultimately inherited the land from him.”
The land that inspired “This Is My Dirt” is now home to Justin Moore, his wife Kate, and their four children. Moore expresses a deep attachment to the land, stating that he can’t fathom parting with it. In fact, a line from the song reflects this sentiment as Moore sings about being reluctant to sell it.
“As a family, we’ve ensured that our kids are taken care of even after we’re gone, and there may be other things they can sell,” Moore explains. “But my [eldest] daughter understands that this [land] is not meant to be sold. Look, when my wife and I are long gone, my kids know that they are taken care of, and there’ll be stuff they can sell, but my [eldest] daughter knows this [land] is never to be sold.”
Moore takes a moment, inhaling deeply while fidgeting with a homemade bracelet on his left wrist. He shares, “My 12-year-old made me this,” pointing to the bracelet. “She and my oldest have really gotten into making these. This one says, ‘Go Hogs,'” he chuckles. “They know me and they know how much I love them, and how much I love it here.” Despite any future changes, the bond with the land remains steadfast for Moore and his family.