Story Behind the Song: Justin Moore, ‘Kinda Don’t Care’
Justin Moore earned another radio hit with "Kinda Don't Care," the title track of his fourth studio album. The song wasn't written by the artist, but by hit songwriters Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Ross Copperman; still, it sounded like a smash to Moore.
Below, Moore recalls to The Boot how he discovered -- and wound up recording -- "Kinda Don't Care."
Typically, my producer [Jeremy Stover] goes out and looks [for songs] if we want to look for some outside material, or if I haven’t written at all, he’ll go out and find stuff. Rhett and Ross and I in particular have written a lot of songs together and had hits together. So when I see their name[s] on a song, I definitely pay attention, because they're buddies, and we’ve had a lot of success together.
I think that ["Kinda Don't Care"] was sent to my producer, and he sent it to me. The honky-tonk nature of it [drew me to it]; it just, to me, was kind of old school, something like Hank [Williams] Jr. would have done. Rhett and Ross and Ben, who wrote it, they’re so good at turning lyrics and coming up with unique ideas.
I thought, "Man, I never heard "Kinda Don’t Care" as a title." I’ve always really liked titles that are different and ideas that are different, and I thought this kind of checked both boxes. We did some different things, as far as musically, on this album, and so I still wanted it to be traditional in a lot of aspects, too, so this helped with that.
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