Pardi becomes "Mr. Saturday Night"
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
– Jon Pardi will release his fourth studio album, "Mr. Saturday Night," on Sept. 2.
The 14-song collection will feature his single "Last Night Lonely," latest release "Fill 'Er Up" and 12 more new tracks.
"A lot of time was spent living with the songs on this record," said 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."
"Mr. Saturday Night" is produced by Bart Butler, Ryan Gore and Pardi, the same team behind the boards of his third studio release "Heartache Medication."
Pardi kicks off the Ain't Always the Cowboy Tour on July 14 in Irving, Texas. Along with Lainey Wilson and Hailey Whitters, he will hit Las Vegas, Boston and New York, wrapping with an Oct. 1 show at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater.
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