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Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 6:32 pm | Updated: 3:18 pm, Tue Aug 6, 2013.

After being on the road with country greats like Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert, country music star Justin Moore is headlining his own tour this year. Among his next stops will be the Washington Town and Country Fair.

Moore will be the main stage entertainment Thursday night, Aug. 8, at 8:30 p.m.

You’ve heard his hit songs “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “Til My Last Day” and his latest, “Point at You,” all playing on the radio. Now you can hear them live at the Fair.

When Justin Moore tells his fans at all of his shows that he’s “proud to be from small town USA,” it is from the heart. The Poyen, Ark., native grew up in a town with a population of 272 and graduated from high school with 37 classmates.

So how does a kid from a town that small work his way up to Music Row, a record deal and eventual stardom as a country music singer touring with the biggest acts in country music today? How does it happen that one of the first songs he writes in Nashville winds up hitting No. 1 on the country charts?

He starts by being true to himself, in the way he lives and in the songs he writes. When he sings about growing up in Poyen in “Small Town USA” and that “some people called it prison when I was growin’ up, but these are my roots and this is what I love,” he means every word of it.

When he sings about a “rifle in a gun rack hanging in the back glass” from his top five hit “Backwoods,” that’s the way it is in his home town, where he learned how to hunt and fish from his grandpa, “PawPaw,” Tom Moore, and how to tend to the cattle and work the fields from his Grandpa “Paw,” Charles Webb.

Moore had the type of childhood most people would envy — loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, lifelong friends, Sunday meals after church with family and friends, summers on the lake fishing with his buddies, ball games on Friday nights and supportive, nurturing parents who taught him wrong from right and the importance of being a good Christian.

His parents, Tommy Ray and Charlene Moore, first noticed he could sing on key and memorize songs in almost an instant when he was just 2 years old. But it wasn’t until he started being asked to sing all the solos in church on Sundays and people started noticing that they realized he truly had a special gift.

Moore moved through high school as an outstanding athlete in both basketball and baseball and was torn between making a career path in music or sports. With a sports scholarship offer he decided to give college a try. Two weeks at college told him that his true calling was in music, and with his parents’ support and blessing they all decided to give it a try.

He made the move to Nashville at 18, buoyed by the urging of his now manager Pete Hartung of L3 Entertainment. They met with up-and-coming producer/songwriter Jeremy Stover, and Justin and Jeremy realized that they had both found the perfect fit. Jeremy became Justin’s writing partner and producer and when they had written the songs they thought they needed for an album they took it to Scott Borchetta, President of the Big Machine Label Group. The record deal was forthcoming and in August of 2009 Justin released his first album, “Justin Moore” on The Valory Music Company label. That album is fast approaching gold status.

It was an exciting time as Moore spent all of 2009 and 2010 touring with the biggest names in country music — Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.

He signed on for the 2011 summer “Flatts Fest Tour” with Rascal Flatts. He finished 2011 with Miranda Lambert and then with Darius Rucker. He started January 2012 touring with Blake Shelton and ended the year on the Eric Church “Blood, Sweat and Beers” tour.

His headlining shows have sold out in clubs across the country and his loyal fan base continues to grow at a rapid pace. His music resonates strongly with the bluecollar, hardworking Americans who break their backs just to earn a buck and never get ahead but wouldn’t have it any other way.

Moore’s sophomore album “Outlaws Like Me” debuted at No. 1 upon its release nationwide in June 2011 and quickly landed him his second No. 1 along with a top 15 and then his first ever love song, “Til My Last Day” became his third No. 1 in December 2012.

Moore’s fans have found his new album filled with songs that stay true to his roots, some hard rocking kick ass cuts and some that show a slightly softer side, a sign of kind of a musical maturity, so to speak, brought on no doubt by the three greatest joys in his life, his daughter Ella, born in February 2009, his daughter Kennedy born in November 2011, and his beautiful wife Kate.

Moore is currently working on his third studio album.

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