An Acoustic Evening with Mo Pitney

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Calendar10/10/2019 5:00:00 PM10/10/2019 5:00:00 PMAmerica/Los_AngelesAn Acoustic Evening with Mo Pitney At Badgett Playhouse1838 JH O'Bryan Avenue, Grand Rivers, KY 42045Website:

Badgett Playhouse
1838 JH O'Bryan Avenue
Grand Rivers, KY 42045
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When Mo Pitney sings "let me tell you about country" in his debut single, he's doing more than telling. He's showing. A ppropriately titled, the song "Country" is as much positioning statement as introduction. In three minutes and 16 seconds, it is almost precisely who he is in word and deed. The vocal delivery, storytelling, musicianship and reflections of his outdoor lifestyle – as well as faith, family and pa triotism – offer a spot - on portrayal. Joined by early fan favorites "Clean Up On Aisle Five" and "Come Do A Little Life , " the song carves an unmistakably country yet completely fresh groove for the genre. In short, it sounds like nothing else , but absolutely belongs. To paraphrase the song , a life in music isn't a place on a map; it's a place in Mo Pitney's heart. " I just love music," Pitney says, exhibiting atypical maturity for someone still in their early twenties. " It has never been about prai se. Playing the Grand Ole Opry was an amazing experience, but I have just as much fun sitting on my bed playing along to an old record. It's always been that way." That music - centered outlook is already generating the unsought acclaim of which he speaks . Perhaps the best example is the aforementioned Opry performance. " Ever ybody asked me if I was nervous, but I don’t think I was ," he says. " I definitely thought about it a lot more than I normally do. M y respect for that stage and the circle is great. For his first song, he selected "Clean Up On Aisle Five" and eyed one goal: to sing his heart out. " I didn't feel like anybody was sucked into the s ong at all, but w hen it was over I stepped back from the microphone and people erupted," he says. A standing ovation approaching a full minute ensued. "After a bout 30 seconds, I stepped forward to say something because I thought I heard them dying down , but they just got louder. I lost it. It took me about a week to come off that feeling. " That pivotal moment capped a journey that started in the red brick town of Cherry Valley , IL, where Mo grew up loving the outdoors. "Right out my back door was a lake about a mile away," he says. "I'd ride my bike there with a fishing pole on each handlebar, like two tridents sticking out in front of m e." Music was a family affair, and Pitney picked up the drums at six and guitar at 12. " 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 Sa n Quentin was my introduction to playing music. I learned the whole album." Two weeks later, he played two Cash songs at an open mic night – his first public performance. "After I played, I saw a guy backstage playing a banjo, so I picked that up for a couple of years. By age 15 , I grabbed the guitar again playing lead acoustic, my brother played bass and we had a friend who played mandolin." His affection for bluegrass led him to KeithWhitley. "When I heard him sing it helpe d me bridge over i

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