Top 10 Country Artists I’d Like to Party With

10. Justin Moore

            Justin isn’t on this list because I see him as a modern day rockstar. I wouldn’t expect to see cocaine at a Justin Moore party. But he’s been my favorite singer since I got into country, and I can’t see not having him on the list. I’d be happy to just have a backyard BBQ with Justin, a few beers and a bonfire. A good ole country hangout would be enough of a party for me.

9. Lainey Wilson

            Lainey just seems like an awesome hang. I’m sure she would be fun at a party, but I want to attend a crawfish fry with her and listen to her tell the story of her rocket ship of a life. I’d want to talk about Yellowstone, working with Hardy, and where she sees her own music going. That would be an awesome time.

8. Chase Rice

            Chase just seems like a good time. He seems like the buddy that says, “damn that girl is hot” and then next thing you know he has his arm around her. He also seems like the guy that will just sit back and get drunk but watch everyone else be stupid around him. I mean, the dude owns bison. He’s cool. Throwing down with Chase on his bison farm would be legendary.

7. Michael Ray

            I think the Michael Ray crew is widely underrated. I’m sure Michael is an awesome hang. If he brings Tim Montana, even better. If Tim brings Travis Pastrana or Billy Gibbons… better. If Gibbons brings Nickelback… you see what I’m getting at. Micheal Ray seems like a good ole boy who gets a little bit of a bad reputation from his early music, but “Whiskey and Rain” and “Holy Water” are two of the most country songs I’ve heard in a long time. I’m down to booze with him anytime.

6. Jason Aldean

            Jason Aldean seems like the type of guy that has parties where everyone would wear white and drink fancy shit. Still, the guests at the parties would be insane. Dee Jay Silver, Chucks Wicks, and Donald Trump? Sign me up. Maybe the party would be at his massive mansion in Nashville. Maybe it would be down in Florida on some yacht. I wouldn’t be going to chill with Aldean expecting a camo redneck party, but it could be fun to hang with a bunch of rich conservatives.

5. Kid Rock

            Take everything I said about Jason Aldean but making it white trash. That’s exactly what I would expect from Kid Rock. I want beers flowing, extremely illegal drugs everywhere, and people driving around on quads. I want a massive bonfire that someone is dumping wood in using an excavator. I want kegs all over. I want the most redneck shit ever, and I’d expect that from Kid Rock.

4. Brian Kelly

            Give me a rager at the beach cowboys house on Daytona beach. I want some fruity beach drink in my hand, the waves in the background, and everyone in bathing suits in the sand. I’d imagine that’s exactly what it would be like to party with the former FGL singer. Give me the tropical dream party.

3. Koe Wetzel

            A party with Koe Wetzel should be how the hangover started. I’d expect to walk into the punk-country singers house, and then wake up in another state the next morning. I bet Koe goes hard, and I want to try and keep up.

2. Midland

            These guys are wildin. If you’ve never heard them on the “Bussin’ With the Boys” podcast, do it. I want all the shenanigans. I’d expect a lot of boozing, a lot of ball busting, and a wild night with Midland. They do have a cruise next year… maybe that would be a good time to go hang?

1. Morgan Wallen + Ernest + Hardy

            I’m going to cheat here. Obviously Hardy and Ernest should be on this list, but it felt kind of lame to have 30% of my list be those three. So I sandwiched them all together and I’d expect them all to be together when we throw down. Ernest has the kid, Hardy has the wife, and Morgan still has the wild side, but 1 night with these three all going 100% would be unbeatable. I can’t even imagine what a night with them would be like, but I’d be willing to bet it would be the best night I’d never remember.

            So this is my list. Who did I miss? Let me know in the comments!


Top 10 Justin Moore Songs

Thursday Thoughts with the Boots & Whiskey Podcast

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to another Thursday Thoughts here with the Boots & Whiskey Podcast.  As I am sure you are well aware of by now, this week we had JR the Handler on our show.  For those of you who don’t know who JR is he is the tour manager for Justin Moore and the co-host of the Justin Moore Podcast.  It was a great conversation if you haven’t heard it yet, go listen to it after reading this article.

Naturally we are going to count down the Top 10 Best Justin Moore Songs to date.  Like all our lists, many have been left off, many could be in different places on the list, but at the end of the day, this is what I think…let me know what you think!

10 – We Didn’t Have Much

This song is an absolute classic.  It tells an incredible story that I think many of us can relate too.  I know I sure as hell can relate to this.  As a kid, we weren’t wealthy by any stretch.  We were a pay check to pay check family, but I always had what I needed.  I definitely had it all and we didn’t have much.

9 – Kinda Don’t Care

I love the sentiment of this song.  The idea of, well damn I have been doing all this shit I don’t want to do because I have to and you get the moment where you just don’t give a shit and do what you want to do.  Regardless of what you do, good or bad it doesn’t matter and you don’t care.  As adults with kids and jobs and such, I am sure we can all relate, right? 

8 – You Look Like I Need a Drink 

Damn, another JM classic right here.  We’ve all been here right?  That moment you’re trying to break up with someone or tell someone something you maybe don’t want too cause it’s going to hurt their feelings.  And all you can think is “You look like I need a drink.”  When you can sense bad news is coming and you just need that drink to ease whatever is about to come.

7 – With A Woman You Love

Well hell, this is my song to my wife for sure.  It took me a long time to get this one folks.  It’s not always perfect and it’s not always easy, but forever with her won’t be long enough that’s for sure.

6 – Bait a Hook

So I love this song even though the type of guy JM sings about in this song is not me, in the slightest.  I am maybe the most worthless male on the planet.  I own it.  It is what is is.  I am terrible at fishing; I don’t own a truck (yet) and can barely change a fucking tire.  BUT I think all of these things are important to know in life and well I don’t care that I am 35, I am learning still dammit! HAHA.  In today’s climate it’s important for men to strive to be men. 

5 – If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away 

This song hits me right in the feels.  I am sure it hits many of you too.  We all have those people we miss who have passed on.  This is on the list to the ones I miss and love.  Wish I could talk to ya’ll again.

4 – Airport Bar

This is just a fun ass song.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I love deep album cuts and I feel that this song is one of those for sure.

3 – Til My Last Day

This song needs no explanation, right?  Especially after number 7

2 – Jesus and Jack Daniels

I guess this is another deep track off the same album.  Definitley one of my favorite country songs of all time.  The imagery and story of this song is absolutely incredible and I am sure many can relate.  Turn this one up! 

1 – The One’s That Didn’t Make It Back Home 

This….this song is the song that made my oldest son fall in love with JM.  This song still makes me cry every time it comes on.  I don’t care how many times I hear it, I don’t care how old it is now, every time it comes on, the hair on my arms stands and I can feel the rush of grief come over me.  This may sound like terrible feelings but I assure you they aren’t.  It reminds me every time of the men and women and families who sacrifice so much for all of us here in this beautiful country of ours.  This song is for you.

Damn this was a hard list.  If I must say, my all time favorite album from JM and really in country music over the last ten plus years has to be ‘Late Nights and Longnecks’.  To me, every song on that album is a hit or at least should be.  I can’t put that album on and not listen to it straight through without skipping a single song.  

I missed some great songs on this list as well like one of my favorites ‘Hank It’.  It’s one of the best songs ever in honor of Bosephus himself.  

Cheers ya’ll

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Justin Moore Releases “Straight Outta the Country” and We Reviewed (and loved) It

           First off, let me just say that I’m so fucking hyped for this album. My new best friend and (not to flex) but Justin Moore’s tour manager, JR, keeps saying that if this isn’t my new favorite Justin Moore album, then I need to message him. JR, we both know that I’m stupid enough to do anything with a few beers in me. With that being said, I will be typing this article live as I hear the songs for the first time. Going into the album, the smash hit “We Didn’t Have Much” and “She Ain’t Mine No More” have already been released, along with an acoustic version of “We Didn’t Have Much.” That leaves just five songs to be released at midnight on April 23rd. “Consecutive Days Alive” was performed on the Livestream from April 17th, so I have heard it, but not the studio version, just the live version. The song that excites me the most is the cover track “Straight Outta the Country,” written by Hardy.

A Hardy-written Justin Moore song might be the dream song for me, but I suppose we will find out at midnight. No pressure, but if this song disappoints me, I might plunge into a depression that I will never recover from. My favorite artist and my favorite songwriter teaming up and failing might just be the biggest lie I’ve felt in my life. The remaining songs include “Hearing Things,” “More Than Me,” and “You Keep Getting Me Drunk.” Without further a due, here is my official review of “Straight Outta The Country.”

Hearing Things

           Based on titles alone, I wasn’t very excited for this song. I’m not sure why I doubt Justin sometimes, but I always do, and he always makes me look like a fool. “Hearing Things” reminds me a lot of “Country Again” by Thomas Rhett because it’s about how Moore moves to a city and fucking hates it but is doing it for the money.

“‘Cause I’m losing mine, I think I’m going crazy, hearing things in my head life.

 Truck tires rolling on a gravel road, AM static on the radio

 Pine trees swinging and singing when the wind blows, I swear I’m hearing things like

 Muddy water rippling on the riverbank, the lonesome whistle of a midnight train

 It sounds crazy, I know, but I’m hearing things, and they’re calling me home”

           It’s the idea that although the city has more money, it isn’t worth giving up the lifestyle that country folk know and love. This is a roll the windows down and feel-good song. If you are driving past a farm, let the smell of cow shit fill the cab of your pickup. It is a song that says summer, and it’s a great kickoff to a great album.

Consecutive Days Alive

           As I had mentioned, I had already heard this song on the Livestream Justin Moore did a few weeks ago. Like “She Ain’t Mine No More,” this song is a song that I didn’t really love until I heard it in the collection of songs. But damn, I love it. This song, to me, sounds like it might be the radio follow-up to “We Didn’t Have Much” if this short album gets another single. The song is essentially a song saying that Moore has lived a life, taken many risks, done stuff he might not be proud of. Still, he is just happy to break his record for consecutive days alive at the end of the day—two songs in and two fantastic new songs.

We Didn’t Have Much

           This is the current radio single, sitting in the low twenties on the radio chart when I wrote this. It’s a very nostalgic song, talking about how simple life was when he didn’t have much. It then talks about how he realized that he loved the simplicity that he didn’t think he loved when he went off to try to get more money and improve his life. It’s a song about enjoying what you have despite your financial standing because the grass isn’t always greener.

She Ain’t Mine No More.

           An excellent old Justin Moore heartbreak song. What would a Justin Moore album be without a heartbreak song? As mentioned just a few songs ago, I wasn’t a massive fan of this song as a teaser, but now that I have the entire collection, it is growing on me. Moore sees his ex at a bar and very clearly isn’t over her, as seeing her triggers all these feelings of not having her anymore. However, it’s also clear that the girl is over him because she is partying it up and having a great time: a classic breakup song and another great one.

More Than Me

           This song is good; however, I admit that since I’m not a dad, I don’t feel like I’m the best person to review this song. I enjoy that it’s acoustic, and I think it’s a fucking great song to sing about kids. I do want to point out one little thing, is Justin Moore throwing some shade at his Razorbacks with the line, “Hope you get to see the hometown team win a little more than me?” We might be the first to call out the beef between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Justin Moore. Are you going to take that Sam Pitman? On a serious note, though, another great song, just one I don’t feel I can genuinely appreciate at this stage in my life.

Straight Outta the Country

           I have great news; I don’t have to do anything dramatic. I was so fucking nervous when I heard Justin Moore and Hardy had a song together. Obviously, it’s no secret Justin Moore is my favorite artist, and Hardy being my favorite writer/one of my favorite artists, it’s a combo I have wanted for a long time. “Straight Outta the Country” fucking slaps. It’s a bonfire song, it’s a song you jam to with the windows down, it’s a song you should always just listen to. To say it’s the best quality song on the album might not be fair, but it’s the best song that you want to crack a cold one to on a Friday night. Thank you, Hardy and Justin Moore, for putting out a song that I can listen to constantly on repeat forever. If anyone has an issue with it, they can go back to the city.

You Keep Getting Me Drunk

           For some reason, when I first heard this song, I didn’t think of this as a breakup song; I thought of it of it like an “I Can’t Love You Back” by Easton Corbin where the girl died. I don’t think this is the song’s meaning, but I got the feeling that the girl left more suddenly than a breakup. Then Moore just wanted to wake up and drink his feelings away because he didn’t get closure and never will. Again, this is probably not at all what Moore meant by this song. Still, the interpretation of it for me almost gives it another layer. A sadder song to finish off the album; it still is a great one.

           So that’s the “Straight Outta the Country” recap. It has seven great, really quality songs, plus an acoustic song. I wish Justin would put out another album with fifteen songs at once, but at the same time with “Late Nights and Longnecks,” and now this one, I’m wondering if these short and sweet albums improve the quality of the music. I mean, Luke Combs last album had twenty-three songs on it, and I have thirteen of them downloaded. Not to say the other ten are bad songs, but they just aren’t as good, in my opinion.

Justin Moore seems like he has found a formula that works. He has a few breakup songs, a few drinking songs, a few country anthems, and bam, that’s an album. Justin doesn’t need a bunch of shitty radio generic love songs; he doesn’t necessarily have something for everyone. I think Justin accepted that he isn’t going to catch George Strait for the most #1 songs of all time, so his attitude is fuck it, I’ll do what I want and be happy with my discography. For his fanbase, that is precisely what we want. Don’t lie to us, don’t give us shit, give us music that’ll make country artists from the 90’s proud.


Justin Moore has a New Album Coming, Plus Knows Our Website Exists!

Justin Moore and his cohost JR the Handler just dropped the biggest “Justin Moore Podcast” yet for personal reasons. At exactly 30 minutes, JR gives us a little shout-out and talks about an article I wrote ranking all of Justin Moore’s albums, which can be found here. The entire podcast will be posted below, and it’s worth a listen.

I also want to personally thank JR for being so supportive of our little website. We have had many little conversations on social media, and it has really been a driving force and motivation for me to keep going and expanding. None of the stuff we are trying to do here is easy. You don’t get a following overnight unless you have deep pockets, which we don’t, but when someone like JR talks about what you are doing, it makes you realize you are on the right track. As of the time I am writing this article, I have about 450 social media followers, which is less than the number of people who live in most country artists’ small towns, but just having that one person saying your name to thousands of country music fans is wild.

After this colossal thing happened, the duo went a step further and announced “Straight Outta the Country,” a new album. The album will be dropping on April 23rd and will feature eight tracks, including the single “We Didn’t Have Much.” At first, eight tracks don’t seem overwhelming, and honestly, I was a little disappointed that the album would be so short. However, Justin then dropped a little nugget that these eight songs might not be the only songs we will be getting this year. If we get, say, sixteen Justin Moore songs throughout 2021, that would be great. From the outside looking in, it seems like the covid pandemic didn’t affect when the new album dropped because he wasn’t due for one last year. However, I can’t help but feel a little bit frustrated because many other artists delayed albums till this year, which will saturate the market a little bit. Still, I am super pumped for the new music, and if it’s half as good as the last album, we are in for a treat.

Double albums seem to the trend right now, and the fact that Justin Moore is hopping on the trend solidifies that. Although Moore doesn’t really call it a double album or confirm it is a double album, it seems likely that this will be the case. Obviously, Morgan Wallen has shown that a double album can work. He released thirty songs back in January. Going into April, it is still the top-selling album on the planet. We have already seen Thomas Rhett announce “Country Again (Side A),” and last year, Granger Smith dropped “Country Things” in two parts. Chris Young has a double album coming as well. Now Justin Moore might be doing it next. I like this trend; when we get an album from a favorite artist, there comes a sadness level, knowing this might be it for a few years. However, in an era where we stream music instead of buying physical copies, why not release fewer songs every few months? The only thing that really screws this up is radio because it takes almost a year for a lot of songs to go number one, but besides that, I think this would be awesome.

So that was my morning. When you listen to a podcast, and you hear your own website’s name gets mentioned without warning, it’s a little bit of a pleasant surprise. Thank you, Justin Moore and JR, for the support, and hopefully, we can keep growing this thing to the level I believe it can reach! Also, remember, “Straight Outta the Country” is coming on April 23rd!


We ranked every Justin Moore album!

Ranking your favorite artists best albums feels like ranking your kids. Yes, you love them all and you tell people you love them all, but deep down everyone knows you love one more than the other. To be fair to “Kinda Don’t Care” I would rather listen to that one repeat than any album by Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, or Eric Church, which is saying a lot. However not every album is created equal, and not everyone has the same purpose. As a result they all have different themes, sounds, and just overall music. With all that being said, here are the Justin Moore albums rankings.

5. Kinda Don’t Care

It’s hard to say that I didn’t like a Justin Moore album, but “Kinda Don’t Care” is the closest to that I can get. It features by far my least favorite Justin Moore song, “Put Me In a Box,” and many poppy songs. Moore was going through a rough patch in his career before releasing this record. Someone in his record label made a bad decision to have him release “Home Sweet Home” as his single, a song that was part of a Montley Crue tribute album with other various artists. The song didn’t do very well, and peaked somewhere in the twenties. They then went back to a song off “Off the Beaten Path” after releasing two singles prior to “Home Sweet Home” off the album. It created an awkward lack of momentum for “This Kinda Town” which wasn’t a bad song, but it seemed destined to die high on the charts.

The label took a little  break after “Kinda Town” topped off from releasing new music, but finally “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” dropped, and started a revival to Moore’s career. Despite the album doing its purpose of revitalizing some momentum for Moore, this album missed the mark to his true fans. “Somebody Else Will” is a number one hit that is probably Moore’s most pop single, and songs like “Between You and Me” are similar. Songs like “Kinda Don’t Care,” “Hell on a Highway,” “More Middle Fingers,” and “Pickup Lines” save the album, though, and make it worth listening to. When I saw Justin Moore during the “Don’t Care” era of his career, it was only a few months after it was released, and he was very down on the record. It makes it very hard to like something that the creator himself isn’t proud of. The album definitely served its purpose, but it is an experiment that I can’t see Moore ever coming close to again. 

4. Justin Moore

Moore’s debut album from way back in 2009, Justin Moore got off to a great start in his career. The self-titled album featured “Small Town USA” Moore’s first number 1 and “Backwoods,” one of my favorite bonfire jam songs. The album goes for all of the emotions, ranging from “I Could Kick Your Ass,” a song that features Moore, who is only 5’7″ fighting a guy for trying to steal his girl, to “Grandpa,” a song about how he looks up to his grandpa and everything that he does. If I didn’t have to put numbers next to the albums, the first three would be 1A, 1B, and 1C, with this album being 2.

Overall, I liked this album, but I felt that his music got a little better as Moore grew up and matured. Songs that hurt the album include Moore’s debut single “Back That Thing Up” which felt so cheesy that I don’t even think a bro country artist would record it. A common theme of being proud of where he is from shines thorugh in the album with, “How I Got to Be This Way”, “Small Town USA”, “Good Ole American Way” and “The Only Place That I Call Home” all referencing this. Much like “Kinda Don’t Care” this album served its purpose. It got Moore’s career off the ground, and produced a few quality songs as well.

3. Off the Beaten Path

An album that a lot of people didn’t like as much, this was my introduction to Justin Moore. A more guitar-heavy follow-up to “Outlaws Like Me,” this album featured the hit songs “Point at You” and “Lettin the Night Roll.” It did have the Moore put another super tacky song “I’d Want It to Be Yours,” on it, which is probably the lowest point of the album. On the other hand the album also had “For Some Ol’ Redneck Reason,” featuring Charlie Daniels, a fantastic song.

The album hits a lot on my kind of music, rock country songs that I can jam to instead of slower stuff. However for all the heavy guitar, it has a few songs that slow the album don’t. “One Dirt Road” and the previously mentioned “This Kind of Town” are two examples of this. This album got done a little bit dirty being interrupted by “Home Sweet Home” and I think that poor decision will always linger when thinking about this album. However overall it is a solid record.

2. Outlaws Like Me

His sophomore album, Justin Moore, hit this record really hard and had some smash songs. The song features my all-time all-genre favorite song, “Bait a Hook,” which I wrote this article about. It also has hit “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “Til My Last Day,” plus songs Moore still does live to this day like “Flyin’ Down a Back Road” and “Bed of My Chevy.” I think if you were to ask Moore what his favorite album ever was, “Outlaws Like Me” would be the one. 

I don’t want to spoil the number one record, but I think that Moore was listening to this album on repeat when writing that one. The biggest danger of this album in my opinion is that it seems like it was such a high for Moore, that he is always going to try to top it. While this is a high point in his career, I hope that he realizes that he shouldn’t try to top it, because some of the success he had with it can’t be topped. I think his best move would be to match the success, and although I’m not sure how the numbers shake out, he did that on the final album on the list.

1. Late Nights and Longnecks

Coming off the heels of “Kinda Don’t Care,” Justin Moore essentially decided that he was happy with all of his past success and wanted to make an album he was truly proud of hell or highwater.  Something tells me that he realized he sold out a little bit and realized he would rather make a good product than chase success with tacky money grab songs. I saw him in concert during the “Don’t Care” phase of his career. He essentially said that he hated the album and wanted to make a 90’s country album. He did just that on “Late Night and Longnecks,” a fantastic album that mixes his southern rock influences with Alan Jackson and George Strait’s sounds. The album was way too short, with only ten songs and 34 minutes, but he put ten great songs on an album instead of a more extended album with a few filler songs.

Honestly though, go through the album and tell me where the weak spot is. I think the “critics” would point to “Small Town Street Cred” but in my opinion that is a song that you love if you lived it. I don’t usually likes songs such as “My Boy” because I don’t have kids, but even that song I love. The album produced two number one hits, and if Moore’s music charted as fast as Luke Bryans, I think the majority of the songs on the album could’ve been radio hits. He has teased that his next album featuring “We Didn’t Have Much” will be even better, so we will see.