Justin Moore Being Sued Over Hit Single "Backwoods"
Justin Moore's hit single "Backwoods" has sparked a lawsuit. According to Nashville's "Tennessean," songwriter Bobby Carmichael claims the top ten hit very closely resembles a song he and fiddle player Britton Curry penned and copyrighted in 2003 -- well before Moore had a record deal. He says in 2005 they were trying to sell the track to Music Row labels, which was when songwriter Jamie Paulin "heard and/or secured" the song. On Moore's 2009 self-titled debut album, Paulin, Jeremy Stover, and the singer are credited with writing "Backwoods." Carmichael and Curry allege that Moore, Paulin, and Stover have made a significant sum off the song, and are seeking an award of 150-thousand-dollars for each incident of copyright infringement.
Neither Moore or his label, Big Machine Records, have commented on the suit or responded with their own legal filing. Attorneys for both sides are expected to meet with a judge on October 1st to address the matter. Moore's "Backwoods" peaked at number six on the Billboard Country Songs chart in May 2010. The track has sold more than 300-thousand downloads, while the album is approaching the 500-thousand mark in sales.