Fun Comes Home is this year's theme at the 74th Annual Four States Fair & Rodeo Sept. 14-23, 2018. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, get ready for new country artist Mo Pitney performing on the renovated outdoor stage.

This country boy from Cherry Valley, IL grew up hunting and fishing in the great outdoors but also had a love for country music at a very young age. He learned to play the drums at age 6, and by the time he turned 12, he was playing the guitar. Having a musical family certainly had an influence on the young Pitney. His dad turned him on the Johnny Cash At San Quentin album, where he learned how to play all the songs off that album.  As he continued to get older he learned to love the music of Keith Whitley, Randy Travis and of course, Johnny Cash. After years of honing his musical skills he finally made the move to Nashville to pursue his lifelong dream.  Pitney finally landed a record deal where he eventually was produced by famed Nashville record producer Tony Brown.

In May 2014 Mo Pitney was proclaimed the year’s new artist to watch by Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post and Billboard, Country Weekly. The single, "Country," was released along with his music video. Pitney's style of music can be best described as a mix between traditional and mainstream new country.

After the release of "I Met Merle Haggard Today," in the summer of 2015, Mo released the single, Boy And a Girl Thing."

Behind This Guitar is his current album.

Even though he hasn't quiet got the recognition of other up and comers, lookout because I think he could be the next breakout star much like Chris Janson. I guarantee you won't be disappointed to see this rising country singer-songwriter for free on the outdoor stage 7:30PM on Tuesday at the Four States Fair.