Pardi looks for "California Sunrise"
Thursday, March 24, 2016
– Jon Pardi will release his sophomore full album,"California Sunrise," on June 17.
The lead single, "Head Over Boots," has already been released.
Pardi mixes a more traditional sound along with rock. "I always want to have the traditional country soul while meeting the new standards of country music," said the California native. "As a songwriter, we're looking for a good story and we're always looking to push the limits. I love having those lyrics that at first make you think it's about one thing, but it's really about something so much more."
Pardi recorded each song with a full band. "I'm a big fan of a live band recording, and it was really important for me to get that sound on my record. The heart of this record comes across with a live band. We used seven guys - one band, and there's something special about that."
Songs on the disc are:
Out Of Style
Head Over Boots
Can't Turn You Down
Dirt On My Boots
She Ain't In It
All Time High
Heartache On The Dance Floor
The disc is the follow-up to Pardi's debut album, "Write You A Song," featuring his top 10 hit, "Up All Night," along with "What I Can't Put Down," "Missin' You Crazy" and "When I've Been Drinkin.'"
Pardi also released an EP last May featuring songs from 2011-2014.
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