For Mo Pitney music was a family affair, he picked up the drums at six and guitar at 12. His debut release, “Country,” came out of nowhere and put the country scene on alert that there is still room for some real country music in the likes of Johnny Cash.
“I learned how to play with a cast on my arm by laying a rag over my dad’s guitar so it wouldn’t get scratched,” he says. “Johnny Cash At San Quentin was my introduction to playing music. I learned the whole album.”
Pitney’s standing ovation at his Grand Ole Opry debut last year is proof his early learning paid off. The modest young man’s journey started out in Cherry Valley, IL where he grew up loving the outdoors. He also had an affection for bluegrass which led him to Keith Whitley. After hearing Keith it helped Pitney transition over into country music. Shortly after moving to Nashville he was signed to Curb Records where he was allowed to do the music the way he wanted, with the musicians he wanted; it was an eye-opening experience.
Mo Pitney has a refreshing traditional style to his music. His honest storytelling and stripped down sound captures audiences; he is a young artist that does not make the mistake of being too polished. These quotes from Mo sum up who he is and how solid he has his life in order.
“Even if this thing doesn’t go huge, I believe that I can make a decent living playing music,” he says. “And I always knew that I could do that. When I was younger, my plan was bluegrass. I used to buy and sell cars, I did body work and I trained bird dogs. I figured I would just kind of piddle around, doing different things around the music.
“People who have done this for a long time think there’s a place for my music, and I hope that’s the case. My eyes are set on being successful, but success is not number one for me. If I can make a comfortable living and have a career making music and keep my head on straight, that’s my goal. And I think that I have a great opportunity to do that if I don’t get ahead of myself.”
I was excited to hear this refreshing sound and look forward to seeing where his career takes him. Learn more about Mo Pitney at his website: www.mopitney.com
(Photo Courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry)