Saturday, July 23, 2022
The snarl in his voice sets the tone for Jon Pardi’s second album California Sunrise. He’s a traditional country singer, bred in the West Coast honky tonks, and he won’t apologize for chasing the dream on his own terms.
It might be considered contemporary cool to inject country songs with programmed drums, rap phrasing and poppy melodies. But Pardi isn’t worried about what’s trendy. He’s more concerned with making country music that will last, and California Sunrise successfully hits that target. It’s stocked with classic Nashville melody, blue-collar lyrical themes, and authentic country instrumentation – real drums, loud-and-proud fiddles and tangy steel guitar. The album’s 12 songs draw a direct link to such forbearers as Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Marty Stuart, and it’s intentional.
Jon Pardi grew up in Northern California, learning the value of hard work from his construction boss father. He began working at the age of 14, performing grunt work while at the same time he joined his first band. By 19, he had left California to begin his musical career in Nashville, shortly after signing with Capitol Records Nashville. Pardi made his debut in 2014, Write You a Song, a rough-and-rowdy project including his Top 10 party song, Up All Night.
To date Pardi’s career is comprised of three studio albums, including the release of Heartache Medication in 2019, which featured the hit, Ain’t Always the Cowboy. Followed up with an eight-song collection of cover songs, Ranch Fiesta Sessions. Undoubtedly, hardcore country fans can anticipate enormous success from this soaring country star.
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