Pardi undergoes knee surgery
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Pardi told Country Weekly that the injury ended his high school football career. "I wish I could say it happened during one of those plays with two minutes left to win the game, but it certainly wasn't as exciting as that," he said. "I was a junior, and it was homecoming, and I went up to catch a pass, and my knee just popped. It basically ended my football career."
"It really started bugging me when it started affecting my onstage dancing," he joked. "I'd get all into the music and start dancing around and try to do some karate chops up onstage, and before I knew it, I would get stuck in some crazy George Strait position. It wasn't pretty."
Pardi's debut, "Write You a Song," will be out Jan. 14. He has a hit on his hands with Up All Night.
"I will spend the next few weeks recuperating, working and doing some physical therapy, but also celebrating Christmas," said the California native. "I'm planning to get a big ol' Christmas tree and have a party for all my friends in Nashville. We are going to have turkey and stuffing and eat until we pass out."
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Write You a Song
Jon Pardi is an anomaly these days - you're not going to hear any rap or hip hop in the debut from this California native. Nor proclamations about how great farm life is. Yes, you'll hear rocking vocals and instrumentation at times, but the 11 songs are far more steeped in country than most anyone out there today.
That means there's twang in the forceful vocals - a healthy dose of it - plus pedal steel and fiddle (both are prominent on the title track, which has a sort of Jerry Lee Lewis feel). »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Fogerty lives up to his past
Once upon a time, John Fogerty eschewed any association with the band that made him famous, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
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