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Country - Released September 27, 2019 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released June 17, 2016 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released January 1, 2014 | Capitol Records Nashville

A country traditionalist at heart, Jon Pardi is also fully aware that country, like most musical genres, is evolving, shifting and changing as the 21st century advances, taking on rock and pop traits like big drums and gritty electric guitars, while trading on a kind of nostalgia for an endless summer of breaking hearts and drinking beer on back-country dirt roads, the kinds of themes honky tonk, outlaw, and traditional country have always hung their hats on, really. Pardi is right there ready for the big time with Write You a Song, his debut album, which he co-produced with Bart Butler. Write You a Song is full of the beers, the back roads, and the all-night good times that go with partying until the paycheck's gone, and the whole thing has a country-boy swagger complete with brightly distorted electric guitars, all of which puts Pardi right in the Luke Bryan/Jason Aldean school of how to make radio-ready summer hits. Pardi has already gotten some play with a couple of the tracks here, "Missin' You Crazy" and "Up All Night," and the rest of the album fits the same groove, with titles like "Trash a Hotel Room," "Chasin' Them Better Days," "Empty Beer Cans," and "When I've Been Drinkin'" being somewhat indicative. Pardi has a strong country voice, and he knows what to do with a guitar, not to mention having a keen eye on what works for young country audiences. The playing, production, and sound on Write You a Song are solid and professional, with enough edge to keep it from being simply predictable. ~ Steve Leggett
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Country - Released September 27, 2019 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released January 14, 2014 | Humphead Records

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Country - Released May 20, 2019 | Capitol Records Nashville

Jon Pardi got to the top of the country charts the old-fashioned way: through slow, steady work. His second album, 2016's California Sunrise, found the Californian singer stripping his music to hardcore basics and it turned him into a star, so it comes as no surprise that he doesn't mess with the formula for its 2019 sequel, Heartache Medication. Reuniting with his co-producer Bart Butler, Pardi barely takes a sideways glance at the present on Heartache Medication. Opening with "Old Hat," an anthem for old cats that ain't ready to give old hats the boot, Heartache Medication also has odes to cowboys, sweet memories about old times, and tributes to the old-timers who make the best drinking buddies. Pardi's trick is how he doesn't succumb either to this sentimental streak or his own musical conservatism. Make no mistake, there are no modern frills to be heard on Heartache Medication. The closest it comes is the thumping backbeat driving "Oughta Know That," a rhythm that in other contexts could be called disco but that big beat seems as part of '90s tradition, just like the cranked-up guitars on the slow-moving "Call Me Country." These sly nods to rockin' country sit comfortably alongside "Me and Jack" and "Tied One On" -- two cuts that spin traditional beer joint music into a revved-up ruckus -- not to mention the breezy "Love Her Like She's Leaving," whose roots are firmly grounded in '70s soft rock, and the winking mariachi horns on "Tequila Little Time." All of these songs show that Pardi's traditionalism is flexible, and those subtle grace notes help make Heartache Medication the best old-fashioned mainstream country album of 2019. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released June 1, 2015 | Humphead Records

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Country - Released May 13, 2016 | Capitol Records Nashville

On the cover of his 2014 debut, Write You a Song, Jon Pardi seemed a bit like a metrosexual country boy but on California Sunrise, its 2016 sequel, he's decked out like an old-school cowboy, complete with a big hat and blue jeans. This is the major change in image, but the music on California Sunrise isn't markedly different than the debut. Like the high-octane Write You a Song before it, California Sunrise is produced by Bart Butler, but the album finds space for softer tones and slower tempos, a shift that opens the doors for a little experimentation with rhythms. "Heartache on the Dance Floor" bears a bit of R&B-friendly AAA pop sheen, and at its core "Lucky Tonight" is a soul song all gussied up with fiddles and blues guitar. A few other cuts are light on their feet -- "Head Over Boots" rolls along with its singalong chorus, "Cowboy Hat" trades upon the leering twilight of bro-country -- but California Sunrise remains grounded in sinewy, straight-ahead country, sometimes delivered by Pardi with a sly grin. Perhaps his cheer is a bit subdued -- his everyday persona can work against him, suggesting that he's not much more than a guy next door -- but this workingman's diligence is a key element in turning California Sunrise into a frills-free, sturdily crafted collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released May 18, 2015 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released October 26, 2018 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released March 3, 2017 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released May 12, 2017 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released May 12, 2017 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released May 12, 2017 | Capitol Records Nashville

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Country - Released March 29, 2013 | Capitol Nashville

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Country - Released January 23, 2014 | Humphead Records

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Country - Released September 30, 2014 | Capitol Records Nashville