Jon Pardi’s 2014 debut album, Write You a Song, yielded four singles including the Top Ten “Up All Night.” But the traditionally leaning singer-songwriter, who’s currently in the studio working on the follow-up, held back a few songs from that project. Now, to fill the gap between LPs, Pardi has released the tunes as a digital EP, The B-Sides, 2011-2014.
The half-dozen previously unavailable tracks, all co-written and co-produced by Pardi, have become staples of the performer’s live show. One of them, “Back on the Backroads,” is now Pardi’s latest video. A summer-focused clip replete with a pickup truck, field party and an overweight shirtless dude in a cowboy hat doing some “dancing,” the video is anchored by scenes of Pardi — in black-and-white —dressed as a cinematic cowboy, riding a horse and strumming his guitar.
It’s an interesting juxtaposition, much like the song itself, which freshens up the occasionally shopworn backroads lifestyle by marrying it with honest-to-goodness country instruments. A California native, Pardi has never been one to shy away from steel guitars and twang. As such, he’s found himself aligned with some of the genre’s most “country” artists, including Alan Jackson, who enlisted him for his recent Keepin’ It Country 25th Anniversary Tour.
While that trek came to a close earlier this month at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, Pardi will stay on the road with his own tour throughout the summer, along with appearances at festivals like New York City’s FarmBorough and Delaware’s Big Barrel.