MWAH! alumnus Mo Pitney, a rising star in country music, made his first appearance June 20, 2014 on the legendary stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Following the performance of his new single, ‘Cleanup On Aisle 5,’ with his sister Holly on harmonies, he and she received a standing ovation.

An interview with Mo via Skype about his Opry debut may be seen here as it aired June 27 on WTVO–TV (ABC) in his home town area of Rockford, Illinois. Interviewing Mo was reporter Matt Rodewald as part of the Eyewitness News Morning Show.

Founded 89 years ago, the Grand Ole Opry has hosted the biggest stars of country, bluegrass, folk, and gospel music. Considered an American icon with its weekly stage concerts and attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and internet listeners, the Opry has been called ‘the show that made country music famous’ and ‘country’s most famous stage.’ Whoever is invited to appear for the first time generally is destined to achieve huge success in the country music industry.

In his television interview, Mo, age 22, tells of his struggles following his move to Nashville from Cherry Valley, Illinois, adjacent to Rockford, four years ago. Because of his passion for music, he was determined to keep writing songs while patiently waiting for a record deal that would work for him. His signing with Curb Records about 18 months ago seems to have made that wait worthwhile as his first album is expected to be released by early 2015.

Immediately following his Skype television interview on June 27, Mo returned to the recording studio with someone who has ‘been there, done that’ – Alison Krauss, age 43, a bluegrass–country singer–songwriter with her band ‘Alison Krauss and Union Station.’ Born in Decatur, Illinois, Alison, as of 2012, has won 27 Grammy awards from 41 nominations, tying her with Quincy Jones as the most awarded living recipient. Alison is collaborating with Mo on at least one of the songs on his debut album.

Mo and his brother, Blake Pitney, returned to perform as guest artists with the MWAH! troupe on August 27, 2012 during the troupe’s appearance at John Deere Middle School in Moline, Illinois in the Quad Cities.

Blake currently is bass guitarist with the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, based in New Jersey, who recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and in the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City.
By Ray Moffitt