All the Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Justin Moore's Rockin' Return to the Ryman
"I have so much respect for the history of country music and this place. Every time I walk out there on that stage, it's awesome," Moore tells PEOPLE about the historic venue.
"We've had a lot of really great experiences over our decade-long career, but this is another one of the really cool ones."
Moore soundchecks in front of the stained glass and pews.
Sitting pretty! Moore's bus rolls up in the alley between the Ryman and Broadway.
"There's nothing cooler than playing the Ryman Auditorium other than playing the Ryman Auditorium sold out," Moore tells PEOPLE.
"All I wanted was each person who bought a ticket to leave feeling like they got their money worth."
"I have been able to walk on this stage countless times over the years to play the Opry, done multiple charitable events, but that was the very first time we've been able to bring a concert tour there," Moore tells PEOPLE of the May 2 show.
"We've been waiting to do that a long time. I just thank everyone who showed up."
"His first song," Moore says of this photo with Chris Janson. "I'm kind of still ticked off at him that he didn't let me record it because it was a monster song... It was a song about a boat."
"This is a dream come true, it really, truly is," Moore tells PEOPLE of performing with David Lee Murphy.
Moore workshopping at soundcheck with his drummer and Ricky Skaggs.
Moore performs with The Whites and Skaggs.
"I'm very blessed, and I appreciate it. It doesn't matter where you're from, what your situation is, what your past is. You literally can do and be whatever it is you want to do and be," the Arkansas native tells PEOPLE.
"You just gotta put in the work, surround yourself with great people and have a passion for whatever it is that you want to do. You can literally grow up in a town of 300 people and play the Ryman Auditorium."
"This was the best audience we've had all year," Moore says of the Ryman crowd.
"It's such a special place and it proved why that's the case. Thanks so much to everyone who showed up. I appreciate it! I'll never take this for granted, and I promise I'll be back to Nashville soon."