Justin Moore grabs the headliner reins

Singer has gone from greenhorn to gold albums.

Justin Moore has scored two gold albums and three No. 1 country singles. However, when the singer left Poyen, Ark., for Nashville 10 years ago he wasn’t quite ready for the bright lights of the country music capitol of the world.

“I was as green as a blade of grass and that worked in my favor and against it,” said Moore, who is performing at Hobart Arena in Troy on Friday, March 15.

“I was 18 years old and had been there (in Nashville) for six months,” he said. “I’m going, ‘Why the heck ain’t I famous yet?’ At the same time, I wasn’t scared or intimidated because I didn’t know anything.”

That fearless nature is once again a benefit to Moore, who recently embarked on his first headlining tour.

“It’s exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time,” he said. “I’ve been lucky to be on just about every major tour you can be on in the last four or five years. I’ve learned a lot. Hopefully we can take that, apply it and have some of the same success we had out there with the other folks. We’re very blessed to be here. There’s a lot of great artists who are really deserving that don’t ever get to the point in their career we’re at right now.”

Moore’s new single, “Point at You,” will be released next week. The upbeat love song is the follow-up to the No. 1 single “To My Last Day.”

“The new single is going to be a familiar sound to fans accustomed to what we do,” Moore said. “At the same time, it’s a rarity for us to do two love songs in a row. We’ve never done that before. ‘To My Last Day’ was obviously that, and it was a big success for us. It opened our eyes to the fact that we can go that route if we want to. Before I didn’t really know if I could or would or even wanted to. With ‘Point at You,’ it’s still rocking, but it’s a love song.”

“Point at You” offers the first taste of the singer’s still-untitled third LP, which should be out this summer.

“We’re going to have 16 songs on the album, which is the most we’ve ever had,” Moore said. “We’re excited about what we’ve got ready for it. Like the single, there’s going to be a lot of stuff on there people are used to me doing. There’s also going to be a lot of stuff they aren’t used to me doing.”

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