I try to keep an open mind when it comes to music. I listen to pretty much everything, except a lot of country.
It’s not for a lack of trying.
I had an opportunity to see Justin Moore in concert at Badlands Pawn recently. Yes, it’s a pawn shop where they have concerts. Its actually a really well designed acoustically venue. I honestly had no idea who this guy was, but I was willing to check him out, under the guise of research.
There are stereotypes about country music. That they are rednecks, waving the confederate flag and dipping tobacco. Preaching about Jesus/being born again. Wearing a white hat. Talking about how they’ll never take their guns while drinking out of a NRA cup.
Talk about clichés. Check, check and check.
Once we got all that posturing out of the way, Justin Moore put on a really good show. I didn’t know any of his music prior to walking in for the concert. That wasn’t a problem, because the crowd helped teach me the lyrics.
His band were tight. Musically, they were proficient, but most of all, they looked like they were having a great time on stage.
They played songs that got the crowd going. Justin Moore has a great vocal range, and he has a bluesy Gospel tinge to it. He showed that off on a few songs, and I was left wanting more of that. And he has a cool song called Ill kick Your Ass, which was a fun little number.
They played for almost 2 solid hours, and then came out for an encore. That was when my attention was piqued. The band did a trio of Joe Walsh/Eagles songs (Rocky Mountain Way, Life in the Fast Lane and Desperado). The band looked so relaxed and we’re obviously having fun. I’d pay to go hear them do nothing but Eagles’ songs, it was that good.