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Justin Moore Reveals Track List & Cover Art for New Album 'Late Night and Longnecks': Exclusive

Justin Moore
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Justin Moore performs onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Justin Moore is getting back to where he came from on his fifth studio album, Late Nights and Longnecks, out July 26 through Valory Music Group.   

"I've been rooted in traditional country music my entire career," Moore tells Billboard as he exclusively reveals the set's track list and artwork. "On the last album [2016's Kinda Don't Care], there were moments we kind of stepped out of our proverbial box and stretched our legs a little bit and did things a little different than I would have earlier in my career." That included "Somebody Else Will," a top 10 Hot Country Songs hit. "But with this particular album, 12 years into this now, I said, 'Man, I'm gonna make the most traditional-sounding country album I can make,' and I think we did that."

To prepare for the 10-song set, Moore -- who co-wrote every track on the new album -- repaired to a house he and his wife own in Destin, Fla., where he and longtime producer Jeremy Stover also worked on material for Moore's first two albums. “He and I called a handful of the guys we love and are buddies with and kind of locked ourselves in my beach house and drank beer and wrote songs," says Moore, whose collaborators on Late Nights and Longnecks include Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy, Paul DiGiovanni, Chase McGill and Rhett Akins.

“Not only was it fun, but it was a really cool environment. I think any time that you're attempting to be creative, a change of scenery is a good thing,” Moore says. “I just said, 'Hey, let's don't worry about writing a three- minute song for radio or doing this or doing that. Let's just write, whatever we want to write, and the floodgates just opened up. We probably wrote 30 or 40 songs. It's the best experience I've had writing songs, ever."

The beer, of course, definitely made an impact on the album, evidenced by its title, as well as songs such as "Why Do We Drink," "Jesus and Jack Daniels," "Airport Bar," "Someday I Gotta Quit" and "Never Gonna Drink Again." "I told somebody the other day I'd put out a drinking song as a single every time around," Moore notes with a laugh. "Fortunately I have people around me who say, 'Hey, we've had three drinking songs in a row. Let's do another kind [of song].” Those are on Late Nights and Longnecks, too, including the first responder tribute and first single "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home" and "That's My Boy," Moore's reflection on fatherhood and the youngest of his four children.

"My son's not even 2 years old yet, so he won't get it right now," Moore notes. "But that's something I'll be proud to share with him down the road, and he'll have it forever."

After recording about 20 songs for Late Nights and Longnecks, Moore reckons that he's "almost done with the next album." For the moment, however, he's concentrating on playing live, with a full slate of shows into August and more to be announced. "That's the worst part of my job, being away from my family. I’m missing ball practice and games and that kind of stuff," Moore notes. "But at the same time there's a very small percentage of the world’s population who are allowed to do what they love for a living -- and get paid good money to do it. It affords my family opportunities we wouldn't otherwise have. I certainly understand that and appreciate it, believe me.”

Late Nights and Longnecks track list

Why We Drink
That's My Boy
The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home
Jesus and Jack Daniels
Airport Bar
Small Town Street
Never Gonna Drink Again
On the Rocks
Someday I Gotta Quit
Good Times Don't