After graduation, he and a high school chum named named Chase McGrew teamed up and played accoustic gigs around town. "Those were some of the fun times," Jon recalls, "and that's when I learned that slow songs don't go over when you're trying to sell beer, so I learned a lot of really up, fast songs that I still like doing today."
Eventually, the duo moved to nearby Chico to attend Butte Junior College and formed a band called Northern Comfort. A few years later, Jon had saved up enough money to head out to Music City to pursue a solo career. "I'd known I was going to move to Nashville since I was 19," he says.
"You need to have a level head to move here, to be confident enough to say, ‘I’m going to do it.' I felt like I was ready and I started out on February 23, 2008, with my mom crying as I drove away."
For the next four years or so, Jon did a lot of songwriting and produced a few demos, one of which ended up in the hands of Capitol Records Nashville president, Mike Dungan, who offered the up-and-coming singer a recording contract. There is now an album in the works and Jon has already released a new single called "Missin' You Crazy" that is currently on the WIRK playlist.
Expect big things from Jon Pardi in the not-to-distant future. Meanwhile, take a look at the video of him and his band on the loose in the Windy City. It's pretty hilarious...
Return to: Keith Van Allen Blog