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Six Pack: Moore's friendship grows from common roots

May 22, 2012, Joe Menzer,

Country singer, Edwards bond over similarities during music video shoot

Justin Moore, the country music star who will perform Friday at the Food Lion Speed Street Festival in Charlotte, N.C., answers this week's six questions.

1. How was Carl Edwards to work with in shooting one of your new videos?

Moore: It was awful. He's a horrible individual, man.

"Yeah, [Carl Edwards] had all kinds of stuff going on. He almost needed his pit crew to help him change. "


No, I'm kidding. He did a great job. I felt kind of bad because normally when I shoot a video, it's a 12-hour day for me. It didn't take me but three or four hours to do my part, and then he was there for about 12 hours. It appeared like I was letting him do all the work, so I felt kind of bad about that. But it went great. I appreciated him jumping into it, and I think he enjoyed it as well.

2. It looked like Carl had to go through a few costume changes, didn't he?

Moore: Yeah, he had all kinds of stuff going on. He almost needed his pit crew to help him change. But he played two roles, really, playing the guy you wouldn't expect to be able to do the hunting and fishing stuff -- and then at the end of video where he shows he can do that, too.

He did good, man. I think it was his first go at anything like that, so I was impressed.

3. How did you get hooked up with him?

Moore: You know, four or five years ago I was watching a race at the Nashville Superspeedway and I met him. Then I ran into him again this past year at the the Brickyard in Indianapolis. My record label [Big Machine Records] sponsored the Brickyard last year, and it was kind of funny because someone asked me if I wanted to sit on top of Kevin Harvick's pit box for it. As you know a lot better than I do, you have drivers, and you love 'em or you hate 'em. Well, Kevin Harvick might be a great guy, but his pit box was not the one I wanted to be on. I told them that, and they were like, "Well, whose pit box do you want to be on?" And I said, "Carl's."

So I sat up on Carl's pit box. I've been a Carl fan for a while now. And it was great. I told my record label, "Man, we should get Carl to be in this video." And they were like, "All right." They made a phone call to him, and he was all about it.

4. In getting to know Carl, you found out you two have a lot in common?

Moore: Yeah, we got to know each other a whole lot better that day [when the video was shot]. He's got two small kids, and I've got two small kids. We don't live but 180 miles from each other. We had a lot more in common than we realized, and we became buddies through that deal.

5. Where do you live?

Moore: I live just outside of Little Rock, Ark. He lives just north of me in [Columbia] Missouri.

6. That's something else you two have in common, then, not forgetting your roots and where you came from?

Moore: You know, Nashville has been great to me. But it was always my intention to move back home where all my family is. I love it. ... I got my start playing in my uncle's Southern Rock band. He plays the piano. Early on, that was the only band I ever played in or with. It was about my senior year in high school, and until then I didn't really have any desire or intention to do this for a living.

Then I started thinking, "You know what? Doing this for a living might be pretty cool." I went to college for two weeks and decided that was enough of that. So I moved to Nashville and gave it a shot. I didn't want to wake up when I was 30 years old and wonder, "What if?"