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.

Mo has already seen great success in Nashville, having the honor of playing at the Opry. And Saturday, Nov 5, you can see him at Puckett’s Gro. & Restuarant.

Mo grew up in Cherry Valley, IL. Besides music, he loves 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 me.”

Music was a family affair, and Pitney picked up the drums at six and guitar at 12. “Johnny Cash At San Quentin was my introduction to playing music. I learned the whole album,” he says.

Encouraged to move to Nashville by a songwriting friend, Pitney was the uncommon arrival who receives early interest from record labels. He signed with Curb and began working on bringing his songs and sound into alignment with his musical vision. One of the lynchpins was connecting with his producer, Tony Brown (George Strait)

Perhaps the best expression of how Mo Pitney has created his own definition of country music success is found in “Behind This Guitar,” a song by Don Sampson and Phil O’Donnell that may not even make the album. “People tell me I can’t cut it because the chorus says, ‘Behind this guitar there’s just a boy who had a dream in his heart, behind this guitar there’s just a guy that can’t believe he got this far.’ And they point out that I haven’t gotten anywhere yet, so save it for the second album. But I remember sitting on my bed with the dream of just making music the rest of my life. It wasn’t that I had to be on radio or even make a living doing it. I just loved music. Now I’m on the Opry. I have a record deal. And I’m loving the music that I’m making. I can’t believe I got this far!

Seating for the show begins at 7:30, Show at 8:30, $12 cover charge, BOOK ONLINE or call 615-794-5527 for show and dinner reservations

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