Story Behind the Song: Justin Moore, ‘Backwoods’
Justin Moore co-wrote "Backwoods" with Jeremy Stover and Jamie Paulin, and released the song in October of 2009 as the third single from his self-titled debut album. "Backwoods" became Moore's second Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 6 in May of 2010. Below, Moore tells The Boot about the inspiration for the tune.
I grew up in a little-bitty town [called Poyen] in Arkansas, back in the sticks. I've got a guitar player from Pike County, Ky. -- it's actually called Greasy Creek where he's from! [Laughs] I went up there, and he and I played a couple of gigs together up there. I came back home and called my producer. I said, "Dude, I grew up out in the woods, but you wouldn't believe how backwoods this place is!"
It was a song we wrote in about 20 minutes. One of us just started rambling, and the other one started playing the groove of it. Some songs you write and know it's a really good song, then some of them, you get into the studio, and it comes to life then. This was one of those songs. I liked it when I wrote it, but when we got done doing it in the studio, we both went, "Man, this has got to go on the album!" It's become a big staple in our show now ...
[The music video] was our first night shoot. It was a fun shoot. I was glad to have my band in the video. Probably my favorite thing about it is my guitar. They made me a camouflage guitar for the video. It's the simple things in life that make me happy! [Laughs]
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