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Friday To-Do: Justin Moore

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JUSTIN MOORE
8 p.m., The Village. $16 adv., $20 d.o.s.

There's a lot in rising country star Justin Moore's official bio about his young life in Poyen (Grant County), population 272 in the last census. He grew up on 100 acres. His grandma's name was Faynette. One of his grandfathers — PaPa — had him up in a deer stand before he was one. There's nothing but a “filling station” and a “florist in a old trailer” in Poyen. It's all in service of leading us to believe that when Moore sings something like, “It's a dirt road, a fishin' pole, a cold beer sittin on a tailgate, an old church, a kind word, it's where I was born and raised,” he's speaking from experience and not just stringing together a bunch of cliches. Either way, it's the niche Moore's carving out on his first singles. “Small Town, U.S.A.” defends country living (“everybody knows me and I know them and that's the way I believe we were supposed to live”); “Back That Thing Up” imagines a cowgirl who needs some teaching (“I know you ain't never milked a cow before”), and “I Could Kick Your Ass” is pretty straightforward. All are available in a digital only EP that'll have to sate home-state fans until Moore's major label debut comes out in August. Ryan Couron and Hwy 5 open.


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