By Kurt Wolff
For Mötley Crüe, the group’s 1985 song “Home Sweet Home” was about life on the road for a major touring rock band.
But even for a small-town Arkansas country boy like Justin Moore, the message and emotion at the core of the song resonated.
Moore covers the song for the upcoming tribute album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, which is due for release on Aug. 19. And now he’s released a music video for the song.
“They are truly one of the most disruptive bands of their generation,” Moore said in a statement, calling “Home Sweet Home” one of his favorite Mötley Crüe tracks.
The video begins by featuring Moore in career mode — getting pumped for a show, as well as in the studio performing and listening back. Those scenes are interspersed with flashbacks of Mötley Crüe performing the song in their heyday.
We next see scenes of the Crüe bandmates heading to a music club — where Moore, it turns out, is performing. Neil then takes the stage with Moore to bring the power ballad and its new video ‘home,’ while Neil’s bandmates Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx nod in approval.
Alongside Moore’s version of “Home Sweet Home,” Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe also features recordings by Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Big & Rich, Cassadee Pope and the Eli Young Band, among others (see the full track list).
Neil told Radio.com that he initially thought the Mötley Crüe tribute album was “crazy” idea. “But hey, it actually is working out!”
“There’s just some really cool artists doing Mötley Crüe stuff,” Neil said, “and even Mötley Crüe tracks that I forgot we even did! So they’re digging deep in our repertoire and doing some cool stuff with it. So it’s really, really exciting.”