'HITS' Magazine Highlights Jon Pardi

Jon Pardi harkens back to another time in country—an era when honky-tonks were turbo, steel guitars ruled and deep-grooved shuffles provided the rhythm of Friday nights.

Hitting the road with Dierks Bentley in 2010 and 2014, as well as being part of Alan Jackson's 2014 Keepin' It Country Tour, the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist's updated hard country has been making inroads with fans. Between his debut Write You a Song and subsequent EP The B-Sides, 2011-2014, the Dixon, Calif., native had been building an audience on the road and believers at Country radio. With California Sunrise topping the charts in its first week, the chiseled songwriter has landed the platinum “Head Over Boots” and gold “Dirt on My Boots” at #1 on the country singles charts—proving that, as modernized as the genre has become, there’s always room for a classicist.

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