Jon Pardi lands his first No. 1 radio single on both the Billboard and MediaBase country airplay charts with “Head Over Boots.” Additionally, the smash hit is the No. 1 most-Shazamed country song of the year so far and has tallied more than 100 million streams across all platforms. Written by Pardi and Luke Laird, the RIAA-certified GOLD “Head Over Boots” is the lead single off Pardi’s recently released, critically-acclaimed, No. 1-debuting album, California Sunrise.
“We’ve come a long way,” shares Pardi. “To have the support of country radio and everyone at Capitol Records, it’s amazing! I’m thankful and excited for what’s next.”
Leading into the weekend, Pardi headlined “Buck’s Birthday Bash” at the world-renowned Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif. Friday night (Aug. 12) where he was presented by the Palace and local country station KUZZ with a Red, White and Blue special limited edition Buck Owens signature guitar. As a fellow Californian, Owens was one of Pardi’s most significant country music influences. The first time Pardi played the Palace was sadly after the passing of Owens, but longtime Palace talent buyer Jerry Hufford affirmed, “I wish Buck were here to see this kid. He’d love him.”
“The Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace is like the Grand Ole Opry of California,” explains Pardi. “People don’t always know how big of a star Buck was, but you get to the Palace and see the pictures on the wall of him with Dean Martin, with Ray Charles, with The Beatles – this guy was huge in his day and his impact on country music was huge. This guitar represents California and I’m proud to help make people aware of Buck’s legacy.”
Pardi stands among impressive company as recipients of these rare guitars include superstars Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Garth Brooks. Fittingly, Pardi named the newest addition to his guitar collection “Buck.” “Buck” joins “Waylon,” “Loretta,” “Hollywood” and “Sunset” as Pardi stamps his name in country music history.