Jon Pardi was part of a songwriter’s session at the recent Nashville CMA Fest and during a Q&A with the audience, Jon was asked whether he felt an obligation to keep the “California country sound” going.
“I always say, being from California, movin’ to Nashville, nobody thinks California’s country…it’s just beaches.” But, Jon points out, “It’s the third biggest state in the country, I mean, it’s a big state and some of the biggest festivals are out there. Stagecoach–‘ragecoach’, I call it…”
And then Jon went in a direction we didn’t expect: He mentioned our station!
“…KNCI, we did this, uh…Country in the Park. They had to move it to a race track because there was over 18,000 people showin’ up, climbin’ the damn light poles like ‘aaarrghh!‘”
Jon went on to explain that yes, he does feel an obligation to carry on the “California country sound” laid down by artists like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and, later, Dwight Yoakam and Gary Allan.
“There’s something to be proud of about it, and–a shout-out to the Country Music Hall of Fame (which is where Jon’s songwriter session was taking place)–because when I first got signed I walked through and they had a Bakersfield exhibit there and … it taught me something about where I was from.”
If you have 55 minutes, you can watch Jon’s entire session here and if you’re into music it’s worth your time, especially when he delves into the stories behind some of his biggest songs, including Head Over Boots. Or, if you’d just like to hear Jon’s quote about Country in the Park, click below