I’m not sure if there is another artist in country music that does Dwight Yoakam (and a lot of other throwback country) covers as well as Jon Pardi does.
His cover of George Strait’s “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” might be my favorite cover in the history of the universe (obviously Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” is up there too), but he also does Dwight Yoakam like nobody’s business.
His cover of “Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose” is killer, and this past Friday, he hit another home run with a cover of Dwight’s 1986 hit “Honky Tonk Man.” Originally written and recorded by Johnny Horton in 1956, “Honky Tonk Man” went on to become the lead single on Dwight’s debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
Jon recently released his surprise Rancho Fiesta Sessions, a 8-track album of covers recorded live from the shop on Jon’s ranch. Featuring covers of George Strait, Tom Petty, Joe Diffie and more, it’s honestly been one of my favorite projects all year.
“Surprise! I recently recorded 8 classic songs from a bunch of my musical heroes. We recorded everything on my ranch out in my shop. Had an awesome time putting this all together and hope y’all love it. The Rancho Fiesta Sessions is here!”
Jon also recently released a live performance video for “Honky Tonk Man,” giving fans an inside look at how all the magic was captured.
Whiskey Riff is the most entertaining country site…ever.