Write You a Song by Jon Pardi
Jon Pardi understands the struggles of trying to make it in music: home is a luxury, the parties are crazy and it’s impossible to keep a steady relationship.
Thankfully, the California native decided to chronicle these experiences for his debut album, Write You a Song, which bears traces of his home state’s Bakersfield Sound.
Propulsive first single “Missin’ You Crazy,” a glimpse at what love is like for traveling musicians, just missed the Top 20 but awakened a few to Jon’s unique voice. Twangy Telecasters, fiddle and steel drive the title track, a bopping ode to the women he encounters in his travels. He can’t promise them much more than a night of fun and writing a song, which they’ll hopefully hear on the radio one day.
The undeniably catchy and upbeat “Chasin’ Them Better Days” offers optimism for working folks, underpinned by chugging guitars and bluesy piano fills. Drinkin’ also figures in: “What I Can’t Put Down,” “Empty Beer Cans” and “When I’ve Been Drinkin’” rock unabashedly, for sure, but they’re elevated beyond party-song status by examining the causes for the drinking, or the consequences of drunk dialing an old flame.
We’ll raise a glass to that.