Why do we care? We're not related to Justin Moore. However, my cousin, David Dubas, plays bass guitar in his band, touring around the country with him.
David with Josh Cross and Justin Moore
The band does not appear in the "Small Town, USA" video. Justin hogs the spotlight in that one, along with a bunch of nameless actors. Phooey! Dave does appear as a tall, indistinct, wookie-like figure, playing guitar in the distant background of their first video, "Back That Thing Up." The video is about teaching scantily-clad girls how to drive tractors, in case you were wondering. Catchy tune, terrible video. I told Dave that if they had shown Justin and the band members with their shirts off, driving tractors and pouring water over themselves, it would have been a lot better. He laughed at that and said, "Noooooooo!"
Here is a photo of him when we were kids, and another onstage with the band. He is on the right in the second photo. You'll notice his hair has always been something of a problem for him.
Just kidding, Dave! We're really proud of you, and I give you permission to post embarrassing childhood photos of me when I'm famous, too. (By the way, this blog is not listed on Google, and can't be searched. Just so you know.)
This news has really given me a lift this week. It made me realize that perhaps my own dreams aren't as impossible as I sometimes think. David is a very focused and talented young man. He's not there for the fame or the parties (although I'm sure he enjoys both); he's there for the music, and was willing to do what it took to prove himself. The life of a musician is truly not glamorous or pretty most of the time. In fact, it's downright grueling. But it has its moments... like this one!
"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen." - Frank Lloyd Wright
Thanks for reminding me, Dave! And, once again... Congratulations!!!