Discover Cheatham County 2020 visitors guide

Mo Pitney

Three days before the horrific floods in May of 2010, Pitney visited Nashville to pursue his career in music. His father knew Nashville was where they needed to be if there was a chance for Pitney to make it big in the music business. By 2011, the family purchased property in Cheatham County and began to build their home. Today Pitney is married to Emily, has a 3-year-old daughter, Evelyne, and still resides in Cheatham County. “The town of Ashland City reminds me of home with the slower pace and al- lows me to get unplugged,” Pitney said. “Watching the sun set over the Cum- berland River is beautiful.” Pitney also enjoys quail hunting with his Brittany Spaniels on the 20,000 acres of the Tennessee Wildlife Re- sources Agency (TWRA) located in Cheatham County. Cheatham County Connection

Hailing from Cherry Valley, IL, Mo Pit- ney grew up around music because it was a family affair. Pitney picked up the drums at age six, and guitar at 12. Art- ists such as Keith Whitley, Merle Hag- gard, James Taylor, Buck Owens, George Strait and Ray Price were Pitney’s pri- mary influences and helped shape his signature style you hear today. “Johnny Cash at San Quentin was my introduction to playing music,” Pitney shared. “I learned the whole album.” Pitney has been listed as one of the many “Artists to Watch” by Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Huffington Post, and Spotify, among others. His sopho- more album will be released in early 2020 and includes a song he wrote titled, “Ain’t Bad for a Good Ol’ Boy,” which is about his Cheatham County lifestyle. “My philosophy is to create music be- cause you love people, not because you want them to love what you do,” McLean explains. “It’s easy to get caught up chasing spotlights, but there is a deeper value to songwriting and all creativity that exceeds monetary re- wards.” Her publishing company, HCT, LLC, stands for Hippie Chick Twang, named after her creative lifestyle. She strives to run her for-profit company with a non-profit heart, helping songwriters and performers reach their life-long dreams and potential. The company motto is “Love ‘em with a song!” Cheatham County Connection Cheatham County became home for McLean in 2001, when she bought a farm and moved from Nashville to “en- joy the creative paradise just west of Music City.” Though she moved from Cheatham County recently, she is the Associate and Worship Pastor of Faith Community Church in Ashland City and still feels the creative pull in the coun- ty’s natural beauty.

Photo courtesy of Mo Pitney

www.MoPitney.com

Kim McLean

Rev. Dr. Kim McLean is a professional songwriter who has written hit songs for many country and Christian art- ists, including Lee Ann Womack , Trisha Yearwood , Tim McGraw , The Martins , Jennifer McCarter and the McCarters and more. McLean holds a bachelor's degree in music and a master’s degree in religion. In 2018, she completed a doctorate in leadership and professional practice and is the Director of Songwriting at Trevecca University in Nashville where she teaches songwriting, guitar and piano and enjoys giving talks on the power and spirituality of creativity. Her love of songwriting is an extension of her love of God and people. Her passion led her to create a prison song- writing therapy program called “Beat of Life,” in which she helps inmates write songs to aid in spiritual and mental re- habilitation.

Photo courtesy of Kim McLean www.KimMcLean.com

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