Steve Moakler's "The Picture" Tour
Friday May 1, 2020 09:30 pm EDT
From the venue:“This album is inspired by the road,” says Steve Moakler, “Not just the road that I’m on, but the road that we’re all on, trying to close the distance between where we are and where we want to be. I hope these songs give people courage and strength to keep going and to not turn around.” For his fifth album, Born Ready, Moakler drew on time he spent on the road following the success of his last record, Steel Town. Ironically, the record inspired by his hometown in Western Pennsylvania led to the longest and hardest touring year of his career. Moakler—who has written songs for such artists as Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Ben Rector, Joe Nichols and Reba McIntire—had started work on the follow-up to Steel Town when he was asked to write a highway anthem for the Pennsylvania-based Mack Trucks. He came up with “Born Ready,” but quickly realized that there was something special about the song. “I was still looking for the theme, the heart, the strand that would tie the album together, and that song revealed it to me,” he says. “Halfway through writing the first verse, I could tell there was a well of inspiration there. There’s this thrill and excitement of chasing a dream, getting a job done, but also the weariness and ache of not being where you want to be and missing the people you love.