Written by Bill Anderson, Mo Pitney, and Bobby Timberlin
At first, Mo Pitney’s “Country” sounds like one of those songs they used to write to open an awards show back in the eighties. But as the song progresses, the scope of what he’s describing as country expands, until it moves into the surprisingly touching final verse that details a funeral for a fallen soldier.
Where Pitney succeeds is in universalizing what he’s calling country. It’s an inclusive view of country that doesn’t it urban vs. rural, coasts vs. middle America, or left vs. right. It helps that he’s accompanied by a truly country sound and has a truly country voice with real depth and character.
I look forward to hearing that voice doing something a little less meta, though it works as a first single because it establishes his point of view right out of the gate. It’s definitely one of the better singles from a new artist in recent memory.