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Jon Pardi at the Fillmore, 5 Things To Know
During the past five years, Jon Pardi has had the kind of career thatās truly worth going āHead Over Boots.ā
The country singer and songwriter has a pair of Top Five albums -- last yearās āCalifornia Sunriseā debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and has gone gold -- along with four Top 10 hits. Heās the Academy of Country Musicās New Male Vocalist of the Year and the Country Music Associationās New Artist of the Year, while āDirt On My Bootsā was nominated for Favorite Country Song at the American Music Awards.
The California native is on a roll, in other words, and he has no plans to stop any time soon...
ā¢ Pardi, 32, says by phone that 2017 has ābeen a great year. We have a lot to celebrate and thatās been a lot of fun. We celebrate the little victories, me and my band -- getting a song on the radio, the first No. 1, getting an award. Itās been a slow climb, but thatās the best. Everyone else can explode and instantly sell out clubs and all that, but thereās something about that one time you played to 200 people and begged for free beer and then you go back and sell it out. Thatās special.ā
ā¢ Amidst the country ranks Pardi stands out as a more traditional sounding artist, which is rare for new arrivals. But that makes him all the more proud of the success heās having. āYou know how it is in country -- thereās a lot of other stuff, all kinds of avenues you could go down,ā he notes. āI went down the dark one, traditional, and itās got fiddle and steel (guitar) and cowboy hats. I think thatās something people felt was missing. They see country as NOT country, yāknow? They think country is wannabe pop stars, then you get me whoās doing more of a traditional thing and you get that old school flair and thatās what connects.ā
ā¢ But donāt think that Pardi is down on his country contemporaries who explore more pop and even hip-hop directions with their music. āIn country you can do whatever the hell you want, and thatās awesome, A lot of genres donāt have that,ā he says. āTheyāre just bringing in their influences and what they like into country, which brings a whole new audience and makes this big country world even bigger. Iām all for it. But someoneās got to be traditional, and Iāll be it.ā
ā¢ Pardi has no trophy case for the awards heās won so far. āI donāt have the CMA yet, but the ACM is on my tool bench in my garage,ā he says. āIām always working down there, and Iāve got a lot more people that acknowledge it down there than they would anywhere else in the house. Itās like, āYeah, hereās my ACMā instead of, āOh, itās there on my mantle.ā Everyone really digs it where it is. It kind of gives it a role in the house instead of a shrine.ā
ā¢ Pardi has worked on half of his third album so far and plans to continue working on it during January, with a goal to have it out by September. āWeāre going to go in and try to knock out some vocals and get those songs done and then write the second half of the record and also look for outside songs next year,ā he says. āItās pretty traditional. Itās going to sound the same; Itās going to be me. Itās where Iām at in my life and what music I want to sing. Itās hard to talk about something that isnāt done yet, but itāll definitely sound like me.ā
If You Go:
ā¢ Jon Pardi
ā¢ Thursday, Dec. 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
ā¢ The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.
ā¢ Tickets are sold out
ā¢ Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.
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