Two gold records, four Top 10 singles, and Justin Moore is still a humble small town man.
"Sometimes, I still have to remind myself why this person wants my autograph," Moore said in an interview earlier this week. "I'm still the same person I always was inside, but I guess more people know who I am now."
Moore grew up singing in the church choir, but never really considered making a career out of it until he was in high school. He did a few shows with his uncle's southern rock band, and fell in love with performing.
After he graduated from high school in Arkansas, he moved to Nashville in 2002. He was fortunate enough to find a manager and get a record label, and released his self-titled debut album in 2009. The album earned him two Top10 songs with "Small Town USA" and "Backwoods"
"I was blessed to have a lot of people helping me along the way," Moore said.
The album reached number three on the charts.
In 2011 Moore released his second album, "Outlaws Like Me" which included the smash hit "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away". The album reached No. 1 — something Moore never expected, even saying that it was exciting and humbling to see both his albums do so well, especially considering that albums in general don't sell well anymore.
Another reason Moore believes his albums are so popular, is that he records what he likes.
"I'm very fortunate that my label allows me to write my own songs and have a say in what goes on my albums," Moore said. "I grew up listening to this stuff (country music), and I know what I like, and I think there's a lot of other people out there who think the same way."
Moore wrote nine of the 10 songs on his first album, and 11 of the 13 on his second. But, he doesn't insist on only doing original songs.
"If I love it, I'll cut it," he said simply.
Writing songs isn't a challenge for Moore though, he feels it's something he was just born with, and it's an incredibly cool gift to have.
"I just think it's so cool to take something from just an idea in my head to something that 15,000 people are singing along to," he said.
Currently, Moore is working on his third album when he has a break from touring.
"I hope to have the album out sometime this summer," Moore said, "assuming I have time to get into the studio," he joked.
Moore is in the middle of a national headlining tour, which will stop in Dodge City next Saturday.
"I've played Dodge before, and I'm excited to come back," he said. "This will be my first time here as a headliner."
Page 2 of 2 - Moore will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at United Wireless Arena. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or bigmachinelabelgroup.com/justin_moore.
"The show will have a few of my new songs, but mostly stuff off my first two albums," Moore said. "When I tour this fall, I'll focus on the new album."
The best part of performing for Moore is the fans, who he says are all respectful and down-home, much like himself.
"I always tell people at my shows that I'm the same as them, I just watch the show from the other side," Moore said. "If I wasn't performing, I'd have a ticket just like them."
Follow Julia on twitter, @julia_dcglobe