Mo Pitney Keeps Country Alive With "Boy and a Girl Thing" [LISTEN]

Traditional country fans rejoice, Mo Pitney is keeping the sound alive and well.

The newcomer has announced "Boy and a Girl Thing" will be his second single off his upcoming debut album.

The 22-year-old from Illinois describes himself as an old soul, often listing Buck Owens, Randy Travis and Ray Price as musical influences. Raised by a musician father, Pitney started playing the drums at age 6 and picked up his first guitar at age 12. With his brother on bass, the two formed their first band in high school where Pitney's love for country music continued to grow.

Once in Nashville, Tenn., Pitney quickly garnered attention from major labels and signed to Curb Records. It wasn't long before he connected with producer Tony Brown and began to work on making a record that is true to who he is. If the standing ovation at Pitney's Grand Ole Opry debut last year is any indication, the record is sure to strike a chord with listeners.

One thing is for sure, Pitney is more concerned with staying true to himself than gaining chart success.

"It's not about praise or even having No. 1 songs," he said in an interview with Nash Country Weekly. My goal is always to play music and make a living doing that. I have put most of my energy into treating people right and staying true to myself and my faith."

The newest single "Boy and a Girl Thing" was written with the help of Don Simpson and is a nod to the classic life long love story. There's an innocence to the lyrics mixed with a smoothness in his voice, drawing in listeners.

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