A lot of musicians have been keeping busy during their time in quarantine. Many have been live-streaming their new creations, playing their favorite songs, or answering questions. While some have kept low during this time, a few have recorded projects and surprised released them, and that is exactly what Jon Pardi did.
Pardi released Rancho Fiesta Sessions, an eight-song album brimmed with cover songs from Merle Haggard, Prince, Keith Whitley, Joe Diffie, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, and Tom Petty. The unique project was recorded live during a one-night live jam session with his touring band at his ranch in Nashville, “Rancho Fiesta.”
The album is fun and lighthearted and reminds you of something nostalgic from a fun night out with friends at the bar enjoying live music. Rancho Fiesta Sessions targets Pardi’s musical influences and artists who have shaped his path in country music. It lays out a conventional country sound on most of the tracks while “Marina Del Rey” and “Nothing Compares 2 U” are stripped back ballads bursting with emotion.
“Surprise! I recently recorded eight classic songs from a bunch of my musical heroes,” Pardi shares on Instagram. “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!!!”
In a recent press release, Pardi added, “It’s all my band on this whole album. We mainly did it to have fun and record, and it sounds like we’re in your backyard, playing for you.” He noted, “I hope the fans really have fun when they listen to it, and they enjoy it and turn it up. This one was for the fans, to let them hear something different… songs you may have heard before but, haven’t heard them like this. It turned into something special because it’s a year where we are off the road, and we recorded it live in real-time, out at my house.”
Rancho Fiesta Sessions follows the singer-songwriters Heartache Medication, which earned a top spot on the Billboard’s Country Albums chart. The title track, “Heartache Medication”, awarded Pardi his fourth number-one single on country radio following “Head Over Boots”, “Heartache On The Dance Floor”, and “Dirt On My Boots.”
Rancho Fiesta Sessions is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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