After a successful UK tour last year, country singer-songwriter Mo Pitney is back in Blighty for a series of gigs.
Pitney, who performed at Country2Country in London at the weekend, says he loves performing for British audiences: “In the UK people will sit for hours and listen to your songs and really show their appreciation. It means a lot to an artist.”
Pitney enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Cherry Valley, Illinois. He was home-schooled and spent much of his time running free on the family’s 40-acre property. In between fishing and riding, he learnt to play the drums and guitar and by his teenage years was gigging around town.
At 18, determined to build a career as a professional musician, he moved to Nashville. In 2014 he released his first single Country, which reached the US country top 40.
Since then he’s established himself on the country scene – and as a family man: Pitney says his three must-haves on tour are his wife, baby and a bible.
Pitney is an avid songwriter and cites Merle Haggard, James Taylor, Don Williams and Roger Miller as inspirations. His latest release is a double A-side single lifted from his debut album Behind This Guitar. The double A-side features Boy and A Girl Thing, which he co-wrote with Don Sampson. It’s a light-hearted number about the differences between the sexes.
The second song is Clean Up On Aisle Five. He says: “The song is running into someone that meant a lot to you in kind of an awkward place. It’s about being hit with a rush of emotions and having to face the reality that they’re no longer near you anymore – and maybe don’t care anymore.”
Pitney has a busy year ahead. As well as touring, he will go back into the studio to record his second album.
- 13 March Arts Club, Liverpool
- 14 March, The Deaf Institute, Manchester
- 16 March, 02 Institute 3, Birmingham
- 17 March, Borderline, London