Mo Pitney, ‘Country’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]
Life just seems easier when Mo Pitney is singing his debut single, ‘Country.’
The song -- co-written with Bill Anderson and Bobby Tomberlin -- has been described as a mission statement, although some may criticize him for leaning into all the old familiar benchmarks. But you are who you are, and the artist we’ll all soon only know as “Mo” is pure, unfiltered country.
“Have you ever picked guitar on your front porch in the morning as the sun was rising,” he asks to begin ‘Country,’ his first single on Curb Records. “Or followed your dog down to the river and ran into an ole baptizin’.” Every note of this song is as sincere as a 6-year-old's rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.
“Do you think to pull off on the side of the road / When that big black hearse is passing / Have you ever helped someone in need without them even asking / We do that in the country / Let me tell you ‘bout country.”
Perhaps not since Easton Corbin’s debut has a traditional artist’s introduction felt so … right. His words come pouring out like unexpected sunshine. An easy strum of an acoustic and cry of the steel couples up next to him. He’s got us long before he gets to the final verse.
“Have you ever been there at the courthouse square / For the parade on the Fourth of July / With a tear on your face and a lump in your throat / As you watch ol’ Glory go by,” he sings, going up an octave on "by."
Mo isn’t making a statement, and he’s not the sign of some traditional country revolution in 2015. But he’s a reminder of how good a simple country song sung by a man who believes in God and George Strait can feel.
Why Fans Will Love It: Pitney makes no effort to mask who he is or what he stands for. 'Country' is pure country.
Key Lyrics: “Country can be in the middle of a city / Country can be on a farm / Country ain’t even a place on a map / It’s a place in your heart”
Did You Know?: Mo Pitney is pure country. The Illinois native skins his own bucks, runs his own trot lines and trains his own bird dogs. Follow him on Twitter and you’re likely to see a stream of Bible verses.
Listen to Mo Pitney, ‘Country’