Write You a Song by Jon Pardi on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his debut album, Jon Pardi celebrates hard times and good times alike with an upbeat attitude that can’t help but induce a smile. Write You a Song is rooted in the Northern California–born singer/songwriter’s love for honky tonk-style country while avoiding the morose balladry associated with the genre. Pardi and coproducer Bart Butler brighten things up with crunchy rock guitars and slamming drum work, seasoned with enough fiddle and pedal steel to keep the feel down-home. Pardi’s vocal style is exuberant, even brash, which fits his big-hearted and slightly reckless persona. Tracks like the touring musician’s lament “Missin’ You Crazy” (the singer’s first Top 30 single) and the starry-eyed “Chasin’ Them Better Days” have the authentic ring of experience. Whether he’s making a play for new romance (the title tune), confessing his fumbled love life (“Empty Beer Cans”), or drunk-calling his ex (“When I’ve Been Drinkin’”), Pardi balances his wild edge with a natural Guy Next Door charm. “Trash a Hotel Room” adds a dash of bad-boy craziness just when it’s needed.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his debut album, Jon Pardi celebrates hard times and good times alike with an upbeat attitude that can’t help but induce a smile. Write You a Song is rooted in the Northern California–born singer/songwriter’s love for honky tonk-style country while avoiding the morose balladry associated with the genre. Pardi and coproducer Bart Butler brighten things up with crunchy rock guitars and slamming drum work, seasoned with enough fiddle and pedal steel to keep the feel down-home. Pardi’s vocal style is exuberant, even brash, which fits his big-hearted and slightly reckless persona. Tracks like the touring musician’s lament “Missin’ You Crazy” (the singer’s first Top 30 single) and the starry-eyed “Chasin’ Them Better Days” have the authentic ring of experience. Whether he’s making a play for new romance (the title tune), confessing his fumbled love life (“Empty Beer Cans”), or drunk-calling his ex (“When I’ve Been Drinkin’”), Pardi balances his wild edge with a natural Guy Next Door charm. “Trash a Hotel Room” adds a dash of bad-boy craziness just when it’s needed.

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About Jon Pardi

Country singer and songwriter Jon Pardi, born May 20, 1985 and raised in Dixon, California, discovered his love of country music early, thanks in no small part to his grandmother's country karaoke machine. Falling under the spell of traditional country artists like George Jones and George Strait, and with a special affinity for Hank Williams, Jr., Pardi was playing guitar as a child, and was only seven years old when he belted out "Friends in Low Places" at his father's 30th birthday party at a local hall. He was 12 when he started writing his own songs, and joined his first band at the age of 14.

Country music was the only thing Pardi really wanted to do. He formed a duo with friend Chase McGrew after he graduated from high school, and the pair began playing the regional clubs and bars. Pardi and McGrew moved to Chico together to attend Butte Junior College, and for the next three years played in a local band called Northern Comfort. Pardi always knew he had to end up in Nashville, the home of country music, in order to fulfill his dream, and he moved there in 2008 when he was 23. He supported himself initially as a lifeguard, but he had developed into a natural narrative songwriter, and landed a publishing deal just 18 months after arriving in Music City. The publishing deal led to a lot of well-connected co-writing for Pardi, and he honed his writing skills even more, usually singing his own demos of the songs to shop around. His name got frequently noticed and recalled, and following a showcase gig with his band, Pardi signed a recording deal with Capitol Records Nashville.

Using friend and collaborator Bart Butler as producer (Butler had handled most of Pardi's demo sessions), he began recording his debut album. A first single from the project, "Missin' You Crazy," was released in the spring of 2012, and in 2013 Pardi cracked the Top Ten of the country singles chart with the song "Up All Night." The album itself, Write You a Song, finally arrived early in 2014. It peaked at number three on the country albums chart, and rose to number 14 on the Top 200 listings. In 2015, Pardi began work on his second album, and a track from the project, "Head Over Boots," became another hit, going to number 19 on the country singles chart. Pardi's sophomore album, California Sunrise, appeared in June 2016. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Dixon, CA
  • BORN
    May 20, 1985

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