Small Town USA
|"Small Town USA"|
|Single by Justin Moore|
|from the album Justin Moore|
|Released||February 10, 2009|
|Label||Valory Music Group|
|Justin Moore singles chronology|
"Small Town USA" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Justin Moore. It was released in February 2009 as the second single of his career, and the second release from his self-titled debut album, released on August 11, 2009 via the Valory Music Group, an imprint of Big Machine Records. On the charts dated for October 3, 2009, the song became Moore's first Number One hit. In addition, the song fared well as a crossover hit. Just missing the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number 44. Moore wrote this song with Jeremy Stover and Brian Maher.
Co-written by Moore with Brian Maher and Jeremy Stover, the song is a mid-tempo backed primarily by acoustic guitar and electric guitar, with piano flourishes. In it, the narrator lists off the various things in his hometown, and says that he proud of his roots. According to Moore, "Small Town USA" was the "first or second" song he wrote upon moving to Nashville, TN. The song was inspired by his feeling homesick for Poyen, Arkansas.
Dan Milliken of Country Universe.net gave this song a D+ rating, saying that it was "written solely to appeal to a demographic of people who also live in small towns and can relate to surface-level ideas […] Without further development, the ideas just sound really, really clichéd." Karlie Justus of The 9513 gave "Small Town USA" a "thumbs down" review. Her review criticized the lyrics for lacking details that were specific to a rural lifestyle. She also said that the song "finds Moore a much stronger singer than a songwriter", comparing his vocals to those of Jason Aldean and Ronnie Dunn, and saying that his delivery has a sense of authenticity.
A music video was filmed for the song in February 2009, and aired on CMT Pure Country and GAC that same month. Directed by Chris Hicky, it portrays Moore singing and playing guitar in various parts of his hometown of Poyen, Arkansas. The promo features several generations of Moore's family.
"Small Town USA" debuted at number 55 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week of February 21, 2009. The song then entered the Top 40 of the country charts in its eleventh chart week for the chart week of May 2, 2009. It has since become Moore's first Number One hit.
|US Billboard Hot 100||44|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||11|
"Big Green Tractor"
by Jason Aldean
|Billboard Hot Country Songs
October 3, 2009
by Toby Keith
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