1. Jon Pardi Kicks Up His 'Boots,' Again, Atop Country Airplay Chart

    March 14, 2017 1:49 PM EDT One of the more traditional-styled artists in the country genre, Jon Pardi scores his second No. 1 on  Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, both from his sophomore LP California Sunrise , as "Dirt on My Boots" kicks 2-1 on the March 25-dated list, increasing 5 percent to 42.7…

  2. Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi Win Best New Artist Categories at the ACM Awards

    March 14, 2017 1:09 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music revealed their winners of the Best New Artists categories for the 52 nd Academy of Country Music Awards on Tuesday morning (Mar. 14). Brothers Osborne were named best new vocal duo or group of the year, and Jon Pardi was awarded new male vocalist. Adding to her…

  3. Jon Pardi Gears Up for New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar

    February 21, 2017 12:53 PM EST When asked about being part of this week’s New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar, Jon Pardi makes no secret of his excitement. “Being part of New Faces is awesome,” he tells Billboard . “It’s a big deal to any new artist to be selected as one of the five top new acts by my friends at…

  4. California Country Emerges Again, Led By Cam, Jon Pardi And Brett Young

    February 14, 2017 3:04 PM EST Tired of all your country artists hailing from Georgia, Texas or Tennessee? There’s a new crop of stars-in-the-making that may be on the cusp of reviving California’s reputation as a source of fresh-sounding country music. Among them:  Cam ,  Jon Pardi  and  Brett Young , all of whom live in…

  5. Jon Pardi Follows His First No. 1 With Blue-Collar 'Dirt On My Boots'

    October 11, 2016 9:40 AM EDT From the opening bend of Jenee Fleenor's fiddle, there's not a doubt that Jon Pardi 's new single, "Dirt on My Boots," is a country song. But, appropriate to the blue-collar tone of its lyrics, making it fit that genre took a bit of work. The version of "Dirt…

  6. Hit Songwriter Rhett Akins Moves to Warner/Chappell In Major Music Row Signing

    October 04, 2016 12:15 PM EDT The deal reunites the team that secured hits for Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean Hits... and a career for Thomas Rhett. Rhett Akins signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. In an average week with a typical songwriter, that statement would be worth a line in the Billboard Country Update ’s …

  7. Anatomy Of a Hit: Why Jon Pardi's First No. 1 Was So Rare

    September 01, 2016 2:30 PM EDT When Jon Pardi ’s “Head Over Boots” recently topped the Country Airplay chart in its 46th week, the achievement was remarkable on a number of levels. For starters, the song is a shuffle that jumps out of the speakers as one of the most country-sounding records heard on the radio in the last…

  8. Nashville's Music Row Has a No. 1 Pardi: 
What Does It Mean?

    July 15, 2016 4:30 PM EDT Jon Pardi's sophomore album, "California Sunrise," turns heads. Jon Pardi ’s Fourth of July weekend wasn’t only about celebrating the red, white and blue; he also was basking in a ray of golden career sunshine as his sophomore album, California Sunrise , had debuted at No. 1 on…

  9. Fans Like The Sound Of That: Country Stays Relevant With Melodic Emphasis

    May 19, 2016 10:34 AM EDT Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Maren Morris songs exemplify singability in a rormat known for its stories. Keith Urban was specifically promoting his new album, Ripcord , when he spoke to USA Today earlier this month, but he could have easily been talking about country music as a whole. “Melody…

  10. 'Head Over Boots' Singer Jon Pardi: 'I'm Helping Country Sound a Little More Country'

    May 09, 2016 5:37 PM EDT Jon Pardi ’s “Head Over Boots” reached No. 14 on the latest Country Airplay chart, making it the singer’s most successful single since 2013. The track’s power stems in part from its easy backbeat: “Head Over Boots” is not afraid to inspire dancing. Billboard caught up with the singer to talk…

  11. Country Radio Programmers Debate Surplus of Slow Songs For Spring

    April 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT As warm spring weather arrives in most of the states, country radio fans might be tuning in expecting to hear more of the uptempo fare that typically populates playlists from this time of year through the end of summer. Instead, they’re hearing more ballads and downtempo fare than usual,…

  12. Jon Pardi Brings Joy to the Job With Cheery 'Head Over Boots'

    September 28, 2015 2:02 PM EDT The Capitol artist finds trad-country inspiration in Texas. “Everybody needs a happy song.” And Jon Pardi is happy to oblige, especially if it means he can keep making music. His debut album, 2014’s Write You a Song , established him as a guy with a strong honky-tonk background who knows…

  13. Green Day, Miranda Lambert, Kings Of Leon to Headline Inaugural NIFI Music Fest In Kentucky

    May 27, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Nitro Fidelity has partnered with racing powerhouse Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) to launch a national series of branded “top tier” immersive music festivals, beginning with the NiFi Festival at Kentucky Speedway August 28-30, to be headlined by Green Day , Miranda Lambert and Kings Of Leon…

  14. Jon Pardi Keeps Country's Good Times Rolling With 'Up All Night'

    December 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Earlier this year, after his first single, "Missin' You Crazy," fizzled out at No. 25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, developing Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Pardi went to Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman/CEO Mike Dungan with a big question.…

  15. Win Watershed Music Festival Tickets

    July 24, 2012 6:00 PM EDT The Watershed Music Festival is shaping up to be one of summer's biggest parties, with a lineup that is one of the strongest of any of the country music festivals around. Taking place August 3-5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., Watershed is set to feature a versatile…