The authentic heart and soul of ‘Boy and a Girl Thing’ balladeer Mo Pitney

Mo Pitney slaughters the competition at Stagecoach at Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2016.
Mo Pitney slaughters the competition at Stagecoach at Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2016.
Mo Pitney confesses his dream musical collaboration, James Taylor, Merle Haggard, “Johnny Cash at San Quentin,” whether Vince Gill and Alison Krauss sang backing vocals on Curb Records debut “Behind This Guitar,” how to beat stage fright, if tackling electric guitar is in the cards, and how his debut record stacks up. In the accompanying still Pitney slaughters the competition at Stagecoach, California’s premier country-music festival, at Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2016 in Indio, California. Photography by Jencita Vargas / Variety Beat
The digital cover art of “Boy and a Girl Thing,” the second single unleashed from Mo Pitney’s “Behind This Guitar” debut studio album. For unclear reasons, the song, co-written by Pitney and Don Sampson, undeservedly stalled at No. 50 C&W when distributed on August 31, 2015. Image Credit: Curb Records

The Mo Pitney Interview, Part One

On June 2, 2017, guitar slinger Vince Gill of “Go Rest High on That Mountain” renown shreds on a fire orange and white Fender Telecaster at Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana. Photography by Sonni Reese
Winner of a record shattering 27 Grammy Awards, a radiant Alison Krauss is dressed to kill in publicity for 13th studio album “Windy City,” a 10-song set of classic country covers distributed on February 17, 2017, reaching No. 9 on Billboard’s pop album chart and unsurprisingly topping the country survey. Photography by Randee St. Nicholas / Capitol Records
On October 14, 2015, Mo Pitney opened for musical idol Merle Haggard at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. Six months later “The Fightin’ Side of Me” songwriter succumbed to double pneumonia on his 79th birthday — April 6 — a day he had presciently predicted according to Telecaster-wielding son Ben Haggard. Pitney penned an autobiographical tribute, “I Met Merle Haggard Today,” which was prominently featured on 2016’s “Behind This Guitar.” Image Credit: Mo Pitney’s official Facebook
An incognito, winter-bound James Taylor, originally signed in 1968 by the Beatles to Apple Records and covered by Elvis Presley on 1973’s historic satellite telecast “Aloha from Hawaii” with “Steamroller Blues,” picks a melody on a shiny silver dobro inside the Matt Umanov Guitar Store circa 2014. Photography by James O’Mara
“Behind This Guitar,” Mo Pitney’s debut studio LP distributed on October 7, 2016. The throwback country record shot to No. 10 C&W on Billboard and crossed over to No. 76 on the pop album chart. Photography by Cameron Powell / Curb Records
“Take the Chance” Curb Records artist Mo Pitney performs on the fourth day of Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colorado, on June 18, 2017. Photography by C.J. Berzin
On November 11, 2017, journalist Jeremy Roberts and singer-songwriter Mo Pitney bid a fond farewell inside Pitney’s customized tour bus after the “Clean Up on Aisle Five” singer unleashed a stellar traditional country show at the Alapaha Station Celebration in Alapaha, Georgia. Image Credit: Courtesy of Jeremy Roberts
From dusk to dawn poultry farmer and passionate country music fan William Brogdon meets Mo Pitney after the “I Didn’t Wake Up This Morning Because I Didn’t Go to Sleep Last Night” songwriter played a tremendous concert at the Alapaha Station Celebration in Alapaha, Georgia, on November 11, 2017. Pitney signed autographs and posed for photos until every fan left for home feeling pretty satisfied. Photography by Jeremy Roberts

Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ someone fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

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