“Me and Jack,” released last Friday (July 19th), has Jon Pardi conveying the troubles of a different kind of drinking song. Unlike Pardi’s usual persona of feel-good, dance songs, the deterioration of an inhumane love interest is addressed, leaving the Dixon, California native apologizing for placing faith in the friendship in the first place. This rowdy, turbulent, guitar-thumping track depicts Pardi’s chagrined relation with none other than Jack Daniels, to be specific. “Heartache on the Dance Floor” singer naively portrays the start of such friendship. He sings, “When I was just eighteen, I met the man in black / He said, ‘Jon it’s nice to meet you, my name is Jack / We hung out all the time, we became good friends / We ran around, we hit the town every damn weekend”
Pardi soon learned the hard way that the bad behavior derived from excess drinking rooted in this Johnny Cash inspired aria is not celebrated and cheered, but bemoaned. As dark as this subject can be, Capitol Nashville recording artist still humorizes while honoring his commitment to the steel guitar, and traditional country homage. He notes this friendship got him dumped, fired and even a spot in jail. Pardi jokes that upon his release from jail, he will return to the liquor store to buy an off-brand bottle of whiskey.
“Me and Jack don’t get along no more / He’s high up on the shelf while I’m lyin’ on the floor / He makes me do things I’ve never done before // He makes me cuss, he makes me fight / Don’t know what I did last night / Should’ve left his ass at the liquor store / Naw, me and Jack don’t get along no more”
The ACM/CMA nominated recording artist co-wrote “Me and Jack” with Rhett Atkins, Luke Laird and Bart Butler. It’s the latest single following “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” off of Pardi’s highly anticipated album Heartbreak Medication out on September 27th. Following the release of Heartbreak Medication, Pardi will embark on a fall tour kicking off at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
“Me and Jack” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here 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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