By Aaron Wagner
Mo Pitney has that sound. The one that comes across as so pure and country rich.
With his second album Ain’t Lookin’ Back, Mo Pitney oozes with a confidence but who he his, where he came from, while looking ahead to where he wants to go. If it’s your first time listening to Pitney, after a few seconds you might think he’s overly traditional. But he’s not. He’s not even Jason Aldean modern country, but rather someone like a Randy Houser on his latest album Magnolia.
Throughout the album, Pitney leans on his country roots with his deep baritone voice and singing about the good old days. The record could’ve easily dropped in the 90s, but at the same time, there is an appeal to the country fan who is appreciating the music that Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Jon Pardi, and Ashley McBryde are making.
It’s the perfect soundtrack to driving around the country backroads or sitting around the fire with a guitar. This album feels as good as the smell of fresh cut hay, the laughter of a newborn, and the taste of grandma’s warm apple pie. Ain’t Lookin’ Back makes you feel good. And gives you an escape from the crazy world for a moment.
I went ahead and listed out my favorite songs from his project that are must listens. But seriously, listen to this whole album from start to finish.
“‘Til I Get Back To You”: Evoking the story of a traveling man who just wants to get back to his lady, Pitney brings the right levels of mystery and romance in this song.
“Local Honey”: If I had the power, I’d make sure that this song got sent to country radio. It’s just made for radio. With the humorous lyrics, uptempo production, and his vocals, I think this would fair pretty well.
“Ain’t Bad For A Good Ol’ Boy”: This song has Mo appreciating everything he has, from simple things like his blue jeans to his wife and kids. I think a lot of guys out there can relate to this one.
“Ain’t Lookin’ Back”: The title track serves as inspiration to move forward while the tempo gives it more of that western feeling.
“Old Stuff Better”: Some songs just pull you in off of the title alone. Everyone’s guilty of yearning for the good ole days and the good times we had.