Behind the wheel of a stock car, Carl Edwards has things pretty much figured out. But put the NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader at the helm of a boat, and it's a different story.
"He had never really driven a boat that much, and I've been in one my whole life," country singer Justin Moore said. "I was reluctant to give him tips on how to drive anything, but I ended up giving him a little help."
Edwards and Moore took to the water to film the music video for "Bait a Hook" (see below), the second single off Moore's album "Outlaws Like Me" (iTunes | Amazon). In the video, Edwards portrays a Gucci-wearing, sushi-eating, pretty boy -- basically the antithesis of a NASCAR driver.
"I'm glad he was fine humiliating himself," Moore said.
Moore -- whose second studio album reached No. 1 on the U.S. country music charts, as did the album's first single, "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" -- took some time to chat with The Life about making the video with Edwards, pint-sized athletes and his unabashed love for all things Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Life: First off, how much fun did you have making the video?
Moore: It was a lot of fun, a good time. It was the first time I've had a guest in one of my videos. I met Carl a couple of times before, but we really had the chance to get to know each other a lot better.
The Life: Carl leads the Chase for the Cup; how much credit are you going to take for that?
Moore: All of it, man. I've been a big fan of Carl's for a long time, for about five years now. I'm really, really happy that he's doing so well, especially now that we've gotten to know each other on a personal level. Hopefully he can keep it together because the person who is going to win this thing is at least going to have to win one more race, and hopefully he can do that.
The Life: How much of him is the pretty boy he plays in the video?
Moore: (Laughs) I don't think it really is. I'm glad that he was fine with doing all that stuff. I don't think that's really him at all. He may actually like it; I don't know. It really came out good. It was a lot of fun. Again, I'm really appreciative of him taking time out of his busy schedule, especially because right now, this is the most pressure-packed time of his year. He could have been taking time off with his family, and I know with what I do how big that is. I owe him one.
The Life: Did Carl teach you how to do a back flip?
Moore: (Laughs) No, I don't have the athletic ability or the figure to do that. He's in a little better shape. I probably would have broken my neck if I had tried it.
The Life: In some of the outtakes, Carl takes a jab at your height. You're 5-foot-6 -- now is that with or without the cowboy hat?
Moore: (Laughs) I don't know, depends on the day. Is it a good hair day or a bad hair day? Sometimes I wake up and feel taller. Really depends on which boots.
The Life: As a fellow member of the vertically challenged, I always had certain athletes who were of similar stature that I looked up to, no pun intended. Did you have any short athletes you liked?
Moore: I did. I always liked John Stockton. I played basketball in high school, and I loved him as a point guard. It's hard not to like Spud Webb. A guy that small that can win a slam dunk competition is pretty much a stud in my opinion. I'm a big baseball fan, and my favorite baseball player right now is Dustin Pedroia. He's not a very big guy, but he's basically the best player on the team and one of the best in the major leagues.
The Life: You're a big Arkansas fan; how do you feel about the season so far, top 10 in the country?
Moore: Yeah, I'm happy with where we are right now. I think we've improved each week. If we would have kept having the same issues over and over, then I wouldn't be too happy. I wish we would have played better at Alabama. To go there and get throttled was a pretty big blow. But not a lot of people go down there and win. Heck, most don't give them a game.
We figured some things out the in second half against Texas A&M. Having Dennis Johnson and Robert Green back and healthy gives us a chance to run the ball 15-20 times a game. Even if we don't rush for 150-200 yards a game, if we can get those rushes, we have so many playmakers on the field on offense, it's stupid.
I really think we have the chance to run the table in the second half of the season like we did last year. The difference between Alabama and LSU is we're not scared of LSU. We've beat them three out of the last four years, including at their place. If we can do that and get some help, we can go to the Sugar Bowl for the second year in a row.
The Life: That was a very thorough breakdown.
Moore: I'm a ridiculous Arkansas fan, a fanatic. I could've went on and on and on. The bye came at a good time. We needed to get healthy. Missing a few defensive ends was tough.
The Life: If you could sit down and watch a game with one of the following Razorbacks fans, who would it be: Jerry Jones, John Daly, Jimmy Johnson or Bill Clinton?
Moore: Man, I think it would have to be Daly. I've not met him yet. I'm real good friends with Darius Rucker, who is a huge South Carolina fan. He's buddies with John Daly and was telling me how cool he is. So it would have to be John Daly.
The Life: I noticed you were wearing an Arkansas golf hat in the video, an homage to Daly?
Moore: I guess you could say that. Honestly, it was just the hat I had in my bus at the time. Anytime I get the opportunity to slip anything Arkansas into a video or show, I do it. It just happened to have golf on it. It was the one in the bus that I liked. But our golf team is actually doing well right now.
The Life: I know they were ranked No. 1 at some point this season.
Moore: Yeah, they're doing pretty well.
The Life: What do you think 18 holes of golf with John would be like?
Moore: It would probably be like an after-show party like we had last night on the bus. Drunk, if I had to guess.
The Life: His outfits are far from country; where did he go wrong in his attire?
Moore: (Laughs) No, I don't think they are country. John has never been one to shy away from making news or being who he is no matter what.
The Life: You mentioned Darius Rucker is a huge South Carolina fan. I'm guessing most of the guys are fans of SEC football. Is there any friendly rivalry between country singers?
Moore: It's great. Darius and I were on the road together all year with Brad Paisely, and South Carolina and Arkansas was coming up. I said we need to make a bet. He's as fanatical with them as I am with the Razorbacks. I talked about money, and he was like, "No, if South Carolina wins, you have to come open a show for free for me. If Arkansas wins, I have to come do the same for you." We just beat the absolute crap out of them, beat them down pretty good, and I think at their place. He still owes me that show. He promised he'd do it. He's a great guy. I'm about to go on tour in a few weeks with him. I'll make sure he pays up.
The Life: Recently you were nominated for an American Country Award for breakthrough artist of the year. What kind of thrill was that for you, especially because it's an award voted on entirely by fans?
Moore: It's cool. Anything that comes from the fans is the real deal. Some of the other ones that are out there are obviously very rewarding if you're nominated for them. But they don't come from the fans. They are the reason we all have jobs. Fans come out and spend money they don't have to come to the shows and buy our albums. It means a lot more. Hopefully we'll go win it. Regardless, it's a great honor to be nominated with the guys we are. It will be a lot of fun.
The Life: Well, I'll let you get out of here. I know you've got a show tonight. Thanks for the time.
Moore: One last thing: Pig sooie.
Matthew Glenesk is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis.