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Who Is Jon Pardi? Get To Know This Nashville Newcomer

Oct 29, 2012 -- 10:47pm
Jon Pardi is a 27-year old new kid on the Nashville block who was born and raised in the small northern California town of Dixon, about 23 miles southwest of Scaramento.  At a very early age he began singing classic Country music on his grandmother's karaoke machine and developed a great appreciation for Hank, Jr., George Strait, George Jones, Alabama, Dwight Yoakam and Mark Chesnutt, among others.
Jon performed in public for the first time when he was just 7, singing Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places" at the local American Legion hall for his dad's 30th birthday.  By age 12 Jon was writing songs and formed his first band 2 years later. 

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... 


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