MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. --
Thousands of spectators attended country musician Justin Moore’s “Off the Beaten Path” tour aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Apr. 12.
Moore, recently named “best new artist of the year” at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards, headlined the show with guests Randy Houser and Josh Thompson. The concert, which was open to the public, was organized by Marine Corps Community Services to entertain service members and allow them to kick up their feet and enjoy the music.
“Wherever I go, our nation’s troops and military families are never far from my thoughts and prayers,” Moore said. “The dedication and sacrifice of these service members mean the world to me, and are the reason I’m able to live out my dreams today. I can’t thank them enough for everything they do for us every day. I am honored to perform for them.”
Moore has released three albums: Justin Moore in 2009, Outlaws Like Me in 2011, and Off the Beaten Path in 2013. He has charted eight times on the Hot Country Songs charts, including number one hits “Small Town USA”, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”, and “Til My Last Day”.
“I think performing for the military is one of the most awesome experiences I’ve ever had,” said Thompson. “It’s exciting to be able to come here to perform. This is amazing and I’m glad to be here. Thank you all for everything you do for our country. Without you, events like this could not be possible.”
Thompson released his debut album Way Out Here in January 2010. The album has produced three top 40 hits for him on the charts: “Beer on the Table”, “Way Out Here” and “Won’t Be Lonely Long”. In 2013, Thompson released “Cold Beer with Your Name on It”.
“I just want to say thank you to the troops,” said Houser. “The military personnel dedicate years of their lives to help this country and protect the way of life that I have. I want you all to know that this performance is for you. I can’t thank you all enough for keeping our nation and way of life secure.”
Houser charted the single “Anything Goes”. It was a top 20 hit on the Billboard country singles chart and the title track to his debut album of the same name, which also produced his first top 10 hit, “Boots On”. In 2012, he reached number one with “How Country Feels”, the title track to his third album, and with “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” in 2013.
During the performance, hit songs “Bait a Hook” by Moore, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” by Houser and “Cold Beer with Your Name on It” by Thompson were performed.
“Marines this event is for you,” said Col. Peter Buck, the commanding officer for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. “You have all been doing really well, working hard and keeping your nose clean. I thank you for everything you do to keep the Air Station up and running, and I hope you all enjoy the performance.”
At the end of the performance the musicians thanked the fans for attending the concert and supporting them. They also thanked the service members of the Tri-Command for their continued service.