This story has been updated.
New music is coming from traditional-leaning mainstream country artist Jon Pardi, and he promises it will be loaded with fiddles and steel guitar, and exactly what country music’s twang lovers crave. The lead single set to impact radio on June 3rd is called “Heartache Medication” (listen below), and this is also the name of his new album set to be released on September 27th. “When I wrote that song, I knew the fiddle was going to count it off and we’re going to have a fiddle intro,” Pardi says. “The first fiddle intro ever on country radio since Alan Jackson.”
Co-written by Pardi with two well-respected songwriters, Natalie Hemby and Barry Dean, “Heartache Medication” is a drinking-to-forget song that includes Bakersfield-style electric guitar along with the fiddle and steel. Jon Pardi is from the interior California town of Dixon himself, and the 33-year-old has quietly been killing it in the mainstream, launching two #1’s and four total Top 5 songs from his last album California Sunrise which has now been Certified Platinum, and regularly appears near the top of the country albums charts.
Jon Pardi has been playing “Heartache Medication” live for a while. Pardi co-produced the new album with Bart Butler just like his first two albums, and will be launching a headlining tour to coincide with the album release, staring off with a two-night stint at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on October 1st and 2nd.
Jon Pardi might have spooked some of his more traditional country fans recently when he appeared on a song from Thomas Rhett called “Beer Can’t Fix,” or decided to step his boots out onto the American Idol stage for the show’s finale Sunday to sing with the season’s winner Laine Hardy. Make no mistake, Jon Pardi is a pragmatist, and will most assuredly include some more radio oriented songs on the new album. “It’s not a bad thing to mix that in and have fun with it, but not depend on it, like this is going to make the song,” Pardi says.
But Jon Pardi has also been a focal point of bringing more twang and traditional style to the mainstream, and with the recent success of artists like Midland and even George Strait with more traditional sounding material, Pardi might continue to have success doing it his way.
More information on the new Jon Pardi music when it comes available.