Pardi, Kristofferson release new discs
Friday, September 2, 2022
– Jon Pardi released his fourth studio album, "Mr. Saturday Night," today. The album features Pardi's current number one single, "Last Night Lonely." The 14-song release reunites producers Bart Butler, Ryan Gore and Pardi: the same team behind the boards of his critically acclaimed third studio album, "Heartache Medication." Midland helps sing with Pardi on "Longneck Way To Go."
Kris Kristofferson is out with "Live at Gilley's - Pasadena, TX: September 15, 1981" via New West Records. The previously unreleased 15-song set was the final date of Kristofferson's 1981 tour and was recorded at the Pasadena, Texas honky tonk most well known for its role in the 1980 film "Urban Cowboy." Kristofferson is backed by a band featuring Stephen Bruton, Billy Swan, Donnie Fritts, Tommy McClure, Glen Clark and Sammy Creason. The album also features liner notes written by the Mickey Gilley, as well as additional pieces written by the George Strait and Billy Swan.
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Jon Pardi's "Mr. Saturday Night" sounds as though most of its stories take place on the weekend at an idealized country honky tonk. Many of these drinking holes also feature swinging doors and jukeboxes. They don't seem like citified bars, but they perfectly fit Pardi's enjoyable neo-traditional song cycle.
Although the drums pound much harder on the single "Last Night Lonely" than they do on truly traditional country music, Pardi incorporates far more fiddle ...
Jon Pardi may sing about heartache medication with this collection of songs, but his focus on arrangements filled with traditional musical elements (fiddle, steel guitar and twangy electric guitar) is joyfully medicinal for anyone sickened by so much mainstream country music that lacks many (if not all) of these essential country instruments.
These songs read as well as they sound, though. For example, the drinking song "Me and Jack" begins with a thumping, Johnny Cash-inspired country groove. ...
Jon Pardi apparently isn't worried about chasing something new. He makes that clear on the opening "Out of Style" where he sings "The common way we work and play/Are still alive and well today/Don't' need to find a new way to say/We don't get out of style." He may not have penned the song, but Pardi continues mining a more traditional sound on his recordings (his live shows tend to rock far too much as if he's trying to figure just who he is musically). ...