Pardi seeks "Heartache Medication"
Friday, September 27, 2019
– Jon Pardi is out with his third CD, "Heartache Medication," today.
The 14-song set is the follow-up to his 2016 release, "California Sunrise." The disc features "Don't Blame It on the Whiskey," a song recorded with Lauren Alaina. The title track is the first single.
Pardi produced the release along with Bart Butler and Ryan Gore."
Michaela Ann makes her Yep Roc debut with "Desert Dove." Recorded in San Clemente, Cal., she worked with producers Sam Outlaw and Kelly Winrich (Delta Spirit). This is the follow-up to her 2016 disc, "Bright Lights and the Fame," which garnered her attention.
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Jon Pardi may sing about heartache medication with this collection of songs, but his focus on arrangements filled with traditional musical elements (fiddle, steel guitar and twangy electric guitar) is joyfully medicinal for anyone sickened by so much mainstream country music that lacks many (if not all) of these essential country instruments.
These songs read as well as they sound, though. For example, the drinking song "Me and Jack" begins with a thumping, Johnny Cash-inspired country groove. ...
Jon Pardi apparently isn't worried about chasing something new. He makes that clear on the opening "Out of Style" where he sings "The common way we work and play/Are still alive and well today/Don't' need to find a new way to say/We don't get out of style." He may not have penned the song, but Pardi continues mining a more traditional sound on his recordings (his live shows tend to rock far too much as if he's trying to figure just who he is musically). ...
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). ...