For 10 years now, Dixon, California native Jon Pardi has been a bright spot in the mainstream of country, doing his damnedest to keep it real with ample fiddle and steel guitar, and songs that go a little deeper than many of his mainstream counterparts. One of the reasons country sounds a lot more country now is at least partly due to Jon Pardi and his success, proving actual country still has an audience.
On September 2nd, Jon Pardi will release his latest album Mr. Saturday Night via Universal Music Group Nashville. Featuring fourteen songs, it was produced by Bart Butler, Ryan Gore and Jon Pardi himself. This is a good sign, because this was the same team behind Pardi’s 2019 album Heartache Medication, which came in at #1 on Saving Country Music’s Best Mainstream Albums of 2019.
Heartache Medication was also went onto be nominated for both the CMA and ACM Album of the Year, speaking to the reception for Jon Pardi’s more traditional style of country music. This arguably helped open the door for other artists to make more country-sounding albums, like Carly Pearce’s 29: Written In Stone, Lainey Wilson’s Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, and other titles.
“A lot of time was spent living with the songs on this record,” says Pardi. “There is more life experience on ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ than any album I’ve released before. I chose ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ as the title track because it’s special to me. I’ve been hanging onto it for three years and can’t wait for people to hear it, and the rest of these songs.”
Two songs from the album have already been released: the fiddle-driven “Last Night Lonely,” which is Pardi’s current radio single now sitting inside the Top 20, and the honky-tonk drinking song “Fill ‘Er Up.” Of course, this is still the mainstream/major label world, so the lead songs from any album will always be a bit more pragmatic. We’ll have to see what the rest of Mr. Saturday Night has in store come September. But with Jon Pardi’s track record as one of the most traditional-sounding guys impacting country radio, it’s definitely one to anticipate.
We don’t have a track list for Mr. Saturday Night just yet, but the album is now available for pre-order.