BY RUTH RICE
A trio of rising country stars will headline an outlaw tour.
Country star Justin Moore will bring his “Outlaws Like Me Tour” to town at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
His special guests will be country music singer-songwriters Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi.
After making the move to Nashville at age 18, Moore released his first album in August 2009 and scored three consecutive smash singles, “Small Town USA,” “Backwoods” and “How I Got To Be This Way.”
His debut was recognized as one of the best albums of 2009 by The New York Times, and Moore was named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2009.
He spent 2009 and 2010 touring with the biggest names in country music, including Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.
Moore signed on for the 2011 summer “Flatts Fest Tour” with Rascal Flatts and finished 2011 with Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.
He started 2012 touring with Blake Shelton and ended the year on the Eric Church “Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour.”
Moore’s headlining shows have sold out in clubs across the country, and his loyal fan base continues to grow.
His sophomore album “Outlaws Like Me” debuted at No. 1 on its nationwide release in June 2011.
The project includes the fastest-rising single of Moore’s career, the No. 1 “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” the fan favorite “Bait A Hook” and his first love song, the No. 1 smash “Til My Last Day.”
Moore’s fans have found the album filled with songs that stay true to his roots, with hard-rocking cuts and some that show a slightly softer side.
By the end of 2012, both his albums reached gold status.
Moore is currently working on his third studio album.
Lynch has had two radio singles from his debut CD – “Cowboys and Angels” in August 2012 and “She Cranks My Tractor” in November 2012.
Lynch co-wrote both songs in addition to “Waiting,” “Last Lap,” “Rock You Sweet,” “Unwind It,” “Hurricane,” “Dancing in the Headlights,” “Name On It” and “Your Plan.”
He was influenced by country artists Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Clint Black.
After moving to Nashville in 2003, Lynch lived in an apartment to the rear of the Bluebird Café, a songwriter hangout, and attended nearby David Lipscomb University.
After performing at an open mic at the café, the young singer landed a regular performing spot and learned the art of songwriting firsthand from some of the masters.
Lynch’s big break came in 2011 when he was discovered by Moore’s manager, who was interested in signing him.
Pardi describes his debut CD as “rowdy, in-your-face, straight country music.”
He covers road life and the ups and downs of romance, territory that has been covered on many country classics through the decades, but Pardi makes it fresh and gives the project his indelible stamp with his eye for detail and feel for atmosphere.
His CD opens with the heartfelt “Fightin’ the Fool” and ends with the breakneck rocker “Drinkin’ With Me.”
In between is “Chasin’ Them Better Days” and “Write You a Song,” capturing all the adventure and uncertainty of life on the road, and love songs “Happens All The Time,” “Up All Night,” “Missin' You Crazy” and “Love You From Here.”
“Empty Beer Cans” and “Rainy Night Song” show both sides of the heartache.
Pardi is known for his carefree musical style, original songs and high-energy live shows.
His sound is undeniably country as he pays homage to some of his musical heroes, such as Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Alan Jackson.
What: Justin Moore’s “Outlaws Like Me Tour.”
When: 7:30 p.m. April 19.
Where: Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
Tickets: $37.25 or $22.25, plus fees.
Information: 536-5156, warmemorialarena.com or ticketmaster.com.
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