Justin Moore, "Justin Moore"

Album Review

On his debut single, "Small Town USA," country singer Justin Moore praised dirt roads, beer, Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. Fans of that song will love his new self-titled album, which is loaded with references to .44s, the preacher's daughter and working hard. Not much new ground is broken here, but that works in Moore's favor. Like Luke Bryan's 2007 debut, which championed pickup trucks and salt-cured ham, Moore's music speaks to the truck-driving, beer-drinking country core. "Hank It" is a homage to Hank Williams Jr., while "Back That Thing Up" upholds the tradition of "John Deere Green" or "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." By writing what he knows best, Moore-who counts Williams and Lynyrd Skynyrd among his influences-may well tap into an audience that appreciates some Southern rock with their country. --Ken Tucker


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