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article imageReview: Justin Moore puts on electrifying country concert in New York Special

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By Markos Papadatos     Sep 21, 2013 in Entertainment
New York - Valory Music Company recording country artist Justin Moore performed a headlining show at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, in support of his newest studio album "Off the Beaten Path."
The concert was presented by NASH FM 94.7, New York's country music radio station, which features such esteemed radio personalities as Kelly Ford and Jesse Addy.
Moore commenced his set with the spitfire tune "Guns."
"How about it, New York City?" he asked the crowd.
It was followed by "How I Got to Be This Way," where the stage was graced in green and blue lights.
After the song's warm reception, Moore held up his red solo cup in the air.
"Hello New York City. How are ya'll doing tonight?" he asked. "There may be more rednecks in New York City than anywhere else," he added, prior to breaking into his up-beat and fun tune "Redneck Side."
"I have the best job in the world," Moore acknowledged. "God bless you guys."
The singer-songwriter noted that in addition to being a family man (a husband and father to two young girls), he enjoys hunting and fishing.
He continued with "Flying Down a Back Road," which happens to be one of my all-time favorite Justin Moore songs since it displayed his wide range as an artist.
Particularly impressive about this vocal is that he incorporated as a crowd sing-along where they were able to recite the lyrics back to him verbatim, as he was strumming his acoustic guitar.
Moore shared that this third studio album "Off The Beaten Path" was released this past week. "We are very excited about it. I put my heart and soul in it. I hope it touches you as much as it touched me to make it," he said.
It was followed by an array of tunes from the new CD including "Lettin' the Night Fall," which he dedicated to all the good-looking country girls in the crowd, as well as "Beer," the opening track "Old Back in the New School."
He went on to thank the folks at the NASH FM 94.7 radio station for "helping to bring country music back to New York City" and the audience concurred with him wholeheartedly.
After switching guitars (from acoustic to electric), he belted out his latest radio single "Point At You," which was a fan-favorite. Although it sits at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts for this week, after the CD release, there is no question that it is going to be yet another chart-topping single for Moore.
"Ya'll sound pretty good," Moore said complimenting his fans.
"Are you ready to sing it with us?" he asked, and immediately broke into an acapella verse of the "Point At You" chorus, which was yet another sing-along moment with the crowd.
"I hope you didn't come her with a bedtime tonight," he said jokingly.
He continued with the witty tune "I'd Want It To Be Yours," which provided comic relief in his set.
Equally noteworthy was his version of the up-tempo love song "Til My Last Day," which was his third career chart-topping single.
"Thank you country radio and thank you country music fans," he said graciously.
Moore was able to dust off the Beatles classic "With a Little Help From My Friends" and make it his own.
He told the story behind "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" and noted that his previous record was already done and he convinced his label to add this tune on there, which turned out to be a major hit for Moore. He added that it was an extremely special tune and it is dedicated to his grandfather. He inspired the audience to stand for his grandfather tonight, as well as to wave their phones in the air.
"We are going to make this place the most beautiful place on earth," Moore said and delivered a stellar rendition of "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," which showcased a great deal of heart, raw emotions and vulnerability.
His heartfelt and moving performance did not go unnoticed from his New York fan-base. The audience rewarded him with a lengthy standing ovation that was so overwhelming to the point where Moore broke down in tears.
"Thank you for making this a No. 1 record," he said. "It blows my mind that I get to do this for a living. I will never be able to repay you."
In his catchy "Bait a Hook," he altered one of the lyrics and referenced Merle Haggard in there, which was a real treat. "Can he melt your heart with a Haggard song, every good old boy should know," Moore sang.
He also paid homage to yet another musical hero of his, Hank Williams Jr., who is also known as Ol' Bocephus, by singing "Hank It."
His performance of "Small Town U.S.A." was remarkable and certainly another fan-favorite.
"Thank you for making this a big record for us," Moore said appreciatively.
The Verdict
In summation, Justin Moore put on an electrifying live performance at Best Buy Theater in New York City. He was able to show his fans his eclectic musical work , thus tackling fun songs with mature and sophisticated ballads. He sang with a lot of heart and was able to convey his passion and love for the country genre to his fans. Moore's energy was infectious and he interacted well with the audience and they inevitably loved him in return. His show garnered an A rating. Moore deserves to become the next big country superstar and find himself in the running for "Male Vocalist of the Year" at a future Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy Country Music (ACM) ceremony.
"Justin Moore was awesome tonight. He really put on a great country show in the heart of Times Square. He epitomized traditional country and I really loved his cover of the Beatles song," remarked Barbara Goldsmith, a country music fan and attendee.
For more information on country singer Justin Moore, visit his official website.
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