Hudson Moore is hot.
The rising star has charted several new singles this year, he’s got a beautiful wife and two adorable kids straight out of a high-end catalog, and, if that wasn’t enough, the Texas native backs it up with skills on an array of instruments—acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, keys, harmonica, and 6 string banjo—while also co-writing and co-producing every single one of his records.
His catchy song “Can’t Waste Whiskey” got our attention, so we decided to check in with the multifaceted artist. It looks to us like the video features a bottle of Woodford Reserve—but we’re not certain. The song, he says, is about “soaking up the moment with that person you love.” And also about whiskey. The song has to be about whiskey, right?
“You Can’t Waste Whiskey”—how did you come up with that song title?
The title was born right there in the writing room. We were at (songwriter) Lindsey Jackson’s house and another writer, Emma White, was having what we would call a ‘slow morning.’ (Laughs.) She starts telling us that she had gone to The Red Door Saloon in Nashville the night before. She wasn’t even planning on going out, but then she did, and then someone bought her a whiskey, and then, she just said it. “You Can’t Waste Whiskey.” We knew we had a song.
How long did it take for you to write it, and how many whiskeys were consumed during the writing of this earworm?
We finished the whole song in just a few hours. Country music is just like building a puzzle. Every line supports the hook, so we had a lot of whiskey references in the lyrics, like ‘straight up buzz’ and ‘drink up every drop of your love’ and ‘call me old-fashioned.’ We were really conscious, though, not to make it sound hokey, because millions of songs are written about whiskey.
So, back to our original question, how many whiskeys did you consume?
No whiskey was consumed during the writing of this song.
You have got to be kidding me.
Nope, I’m telling the truth. (Laughs.) In essence, it’s not really a drinking song. It’s more of a love song.
Ok, if you say so. Where the heck did you find that cool video location?
It was filmed in this really cool old bar on Eighth Avenue in Nashville called the Melrose Billiard Parlor. I mean, you can still smell smoke in there. It has this really 70’s vibe. As soon as I walked in there, I noticed that it smelled like 30-year-old cigarettes and I instantly knew that’s where we needed to shoot the video.
So, you had to have a whiskey when you were shooting the video, right?
Nope, not really. I’m not a huge drinker anymore. But yeah, I have drunk tons of whiskey in my day.
Now we are getting somewhere.
Whiskey just has this smooth, smoky flavor that is timeless, and if I am going to drink, it’s my favorite liquor to drink. When I was in my early twenties, I really got into whiskey. I would listen to vinyl records and sip on whiskey. Maker’s Mark was my go to. I love how you can mix it or just sip on it.