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Story Behind the Song: Justin Moore, ‘How I Got to Be This Way’

In June of 2010, Justin Moore released “How I Got to Be This Way” as the fourth single from his self-titled debut album. The singer co-wrote the tune — which reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (No. 17) — with Rivers Rutherford and Jeremy Stover, and below, he recounts to The Boot how it came to be, and how it ended up on his album.

It was the first time that myself or Jeremy had written with Rivers; Rivers has written so many big hits and is just a pro. It’s always a little bit weird when you get with somebody to write for the first time: You have to feel each other out. You’re nervous to throw out ideas. You eventually start talking about what kind of person you are and how you grew up, that kind of stuff. That’s what we started doing.

I was like, “Oh, I was a good kid, but I did the same stupid stuff that everybody else did growing up … I remember I totaled my dad’s truck, and that was probably the stupidest thing I did.” That’s where the first line of the song came from. We kind of went from there.

A lot of songs you write, and you go, “Yeah, I think that’s all right” … then you go demo it, and you go, “That’s pretty cool!” I had about everything done for the album [when] I found the demo for that song in my iPhone when I was on my radio tour. I was with a guy from the label, and I said, “Man, listen to this song … I just found it. I had kind of forgotten about it.” He goes, “Dude, we’ve got to put this on the album!” You know me, I’m kind of laid back and nonchalant — I was like, “Alright … whatever.” So I’m glad we put it on there.

This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano.

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