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Jon Pardi

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When your last name is Pardi, it's almost a given that you'll be fun to be around. As Country star Jon Pardi prepares for a new album and headlining tour, he joins host Erik Zachary to spout off on bourbon, dogs versus cats, farming, amusement parks, and more!

When we think about the roots of country music, we tend to think about southern states, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, California isn't usually the one that jumps to mind, but once you drive north of the Hollywood hills, away from the coastline and through the valleys, it doesn't take too long before you find yourself in a landscape full of ranches and farm land, a setting built by hard work, grit at a doit yourself mentality, the very same lifestyle that the storytellers of country music can relate to so deeply, and a home that John Party found to be the perfect inspiration of. John Party grew up in Dixon California, a rural suburb of Sacramento that first popped onto the map during the gold rush. His father, a middle class construction worker, taught him the value of putting in the time to finish the job the right way, and by the age of fourteen, party was already putting that advice to work. He did a short stint at a local grocery store before progressing the grant work at a board dealership, to ranch work and later to operating heavy machinery. John Wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty, but he mostly wanted to wrap them around a guitar. From a young age, John was drawn to the legends of the Genre, everyone from George Jones to George Strait, and by seven he was performing Garth Brooks, friends and low places at his dad's birthday jake. He wrote his first song at twelve, started his first band at fourteen, and five years later John Party was ready for his next adventure, Nashville, Tennessee. Eighteen months after his arrival to music city, he scored a publishing deal. The work in connections that he developed there led to him being signed by capital Records Nashville. Over the next few years he continued to cut his teeth in the studio, opening for artists like dirt Spanley and Allen Jackson, and in spring of two thousand and twelve he...

...released his first official single, missing you crazy, and then the following year achieved his first top ten single with up all night, the wrong baby you, and his first album write you, a song peaked at number fourteen on the billboard top two hundred and just one year later, in two thousand and fourteen, he released his sophomore album, California. Sunrise, a little dance, a dust ride off them tonight. Dirt on my boots would become his first number one single and paved the way for additional charting singles from that same album, like night shift, she ate in it and heartache on the dance Flosh A. Now, four years later, John Party continues to lead nothing short of an impressive, multifaceted career. He's currently preparing to release his fourth full length studio album and bark on a national headlining tour and, in addition to music, maintains and runs his own farm, has his own bourbon line and even hosts a variety show on CMT digital. Party time. When it comes to Songwriting, John Party has always had one single goal to create timeless country music, and if his most recent releases any indicator, he seems to be perfectly on track. My name is Eric Zachary. This is the spout podcast where famous people spot off about more than what they're famous for, and today that's John Party. John Party, what is up, sir? How are you good hanging in there? Let's start with the tour first, that you just announced. Ain't always the cowboy. I have a lot of questions when it comes to the logistics of a tour. You're your man that dives into the details. Are you choosing or having hopes for where to start versus...

...end? We have our goals. We don't want to go in and try to be too big. We want to go out and have good time, play our venues that we know we can sell and build. We want to be known as a headliner. This year there is a lot of tours, there's a lot of traffic, you know, so there's a lot of well, we can't play here because Jason's playing here that night, so we got to move here. We got to do this, all the venues not open and play a lot of cool venues I haven't even played before and I haven't even, you know, seeing a lot of other acts play. You know. I mean we got the sand of Barbara Bowl and like saw that. Like a lot of cool stuff that I'm like looking forward to and more of cool venues to like have that, you know, kind of first headline tour. It's definitely going to be remembered and when it's just me, I don't have to work with the band, I don't have to like, you know, count off anything. I can just go right in one. Whatever. I can, you know, make people laugh. I can yell at people because I can hear them. I just need a guitar and a microphone and some way to hear myself. Speaking of the band, you describe them as Bourbon Snobs. With the release, you got party batch one hundred and twelve on the way, with the first time that they tasted it. I know that I saw the trailer and they're on board with it and now I'm excited for it. Are you nervous that first time that you're pouring them a glass? That told him that. I told Buffalo Chip Boo, who bruised the Bourbon and you know does all the recipe stuff, because I gave him what I liked and and they did a pretty damn good job. I Maan. I first of all, I like I think it's good. The band first at Ada, the good sirks proved good, but it's all been awesome to be a part of. You know, a Bourbon and whiskey company. Never thought I'd be into that. I never thought like one day I have my own liquor. The fans really enjoy it. They could put something on their shelf that the I like. They know I stand behind it and even if they don't drink it, they like seeing it on a shelf or assign bottle. And but most of the fans and other people don't even know who I am. They're just take there, they're tasting party batch. It's been a great response on so and I always joke, well, you can put my...

...legare at next to Thomas Rit Midland, Jerry is. I mean there's just the list goes on and on. I yeah, I was like, well, you know, really, there's a lot of people with whatever. You know, let's do it. When I when I saw like the fans, they enjoy it so and I enjoy it and it's good. So it's intimidating, man, to jump into that. Yeah, it's like, Dude, you got the rock out there. He didn't. He don't have the advertise. You got like two hundred eighty million followers. You just got to put byb out Tequila, work out a more rootsie. You know, we got it. I mean a lot of distributors and personal taste tests and kind of meeting everybody that goes and puts party batching bars and you know, and so you know, we're like we got to get this thing online. So we got online to nineteen states. That nineteen states sold out. We had the re up. We have been selling quite a bit of it and and it's been fun. So I remember I was working on a country station in Chicago at the time when off all night came out and there was a lot of interviews and a lot of quotes of you saying you're not making trendy country music, you are making country music that will last. And I mean, you know, listen back to up all night. It holds, it stands that test the time. So, even talking outside of the realm of country music specifically, what are some just like key pieces of advice to making music that will last? But you have to have something that you do, that you truly believe that this is going to be. You know, it has the backbone, the roots what I love and why I love it, kind of tree. You just there's so many aspects of country music now where you just got a really just do your own thing and stick with it and be proud of it and listen to everybody. And that's another thing I feel like to last longer or to you know, have music just his stick around, listen to everything. In the long run if you're still having fun with it. I think that's really going to help. To know. I like that, man. I mean you know, obviously we've been told this since day one. Anyone with you know, a parent or figure, that supporting a dream is going you know, as long as you're having fun, that's what matters.

Law, as you love it, that's what matters and obviously that's the important part. But I really like that you said also be aware of what else is out there. You know, it's so easy to get tunnel visioned in an any genre. You know so when you're really paying attention, because you said it yourself, man, country is not just what used to be known as, you know, country Western. You know it is. It is Ninezero genres within that world too. Yeah, you can't just listen to wayling Jinnie's it be like I'm going to be whaling genies tomorrow. Good nail it, waylands already, wayling, you know, we ain't nobody going to touch whalen, right, you know, but you remember your heroes and you kind of move on with them and your song and keep the spirit alive out there's so much that you can do, but you definitely got to listen to everything. I listened the radio a lot. Definitely heard fancy like quite a bit. Shout it's a walker. Yeah, so, and he's got a cool story, great, solid dude, and so you know I'm always paying attention and I think that's key and kind of like creating a whiskey. You gotta he got to take a lot of influences, yeah, a lot of the other different taste and you put it together. Man. Let's talk about party animals, man. I mean I think I speak for a lot of us when you know we are a paying attention these videos. What you had going on at the farm throughout, you know, the pandemic and at different times of the last two years was really keeping a lot of US entertained. How are the animals doing, man, give us an update. Well, I got I got some barn cats. Now that's a never had cats before. They're quite fun, I will say, and I just you know, they in a box, literally like I've never had this is so much easier than what I've had to deal with before. Literally this in a box. I think that's all I want to do. And I was like, if you's not clean, Oh man, they're gonna let you know, like here comes the cats, they gotta go the bathroom. You thank you for cleaning their bathroom. I'm just like my dog would just stow on the floor, literally like he well, yeah, I got a hey, you know, larm me in here. I'm on the floor. That's been a whole learning experience. And then the the cows and goats are easy and they're just out...

...there. I gotta keeps some round bills around when it gets cold because they get, you know, the grasses and grown as stick as it does in the summertime. But everybody's pretty good. So I'm I'm ready for spring to come. I'm ready for green everywhere. This episode of the Spout podcast is sponsored by ritual. Protein powders can be intimidating, I get it, but they're not just about working out. It's not just about muscles. That's a misconception. We all need protein and as we go through life that protein needs to change. Ritual's essential protein is a delicious plant based protein powder with three distinct formulas designed to meet the body's changing protein needs. You got the daily shake eighteen plus, which is a complete amino acid profile. You've the daily shake fifty plus, which adds calcium HMB to the mix and daily shake pregnancy and Postparton, which is formulated with extra nutrient support to meet the demands of pregnancy and lactation. Couple things that make ritual different the traceable ingredients. You know where it's coming from. How why all of that? It's a great taste, it's sustainably sourced and it's just the good stuff. No added sugars, no sugar alcohols. So a free, gluten free and non GMO. So, if you're ready to shake up your protein ritual right now, spot listeners getting ten percent off during your first three months at Ritualcom spouts rituals, even offering a money back guarantee if you're not a hundred percent in love. So you've nothing to lose. RITUALCOM spout today for ten percent off your first three months. I want to talk to you about farm tach real quick because you know, people that aren't really attuned to the farming community or that or that world don't realize how technologically advanced it is. I mean they think, Oh man, you got a Mower, you got a tractor, your set. You know, it's not just the bushhog anymore. Yet that's a huge part of it. But I mean there's you got computers running farms too. So a lot of that comes down to how do you want to run a farm? Is there anything in the farm tech world that excites you? Man, I'm old school. I think a lot of the farm and stuff is just made to beg it easier on farmers, which I get. You know,...

...it's like, all right, you show up to your you know your field, you got a plant this, you got to cut Hay and then your guy don't have straight lines, he's not doing it right, and so that GPS it really helps the farmer basically keep everything together. We did a lot of stuff, like we build a pond out here and we had a GPS guy come out and he he kind of did all his topical stuff and surveyed and we did all in this gps time and we spent more time on the GPS then the actual point and then Ky we so my dad taught me how to use the laser. It's just like a BBBBBB and you'll see if you see any guys like porn concrete little's got a roddy here. Bbbbbbbb. Well, you just trying to get it level and we could do that all day and live fast. We weigh at two days on this GPS system and it was awesome when we got to set up. But for ound here is kind of small stuff and like to keep it old school, but when you get in the big farm it's all technical stuff and I don't have that much money. I do have the my my skid steer and case has been great to me and we've been working together. The Rotary Cutter, or Bushhog as you call it, on the skid steer is really cool to get under trees and stuff. We could do so much with that and I still use just a broadcaster and we've gotten very good friends with the coop here in Nashville. Simple farming, simple farming. I like that man. Yeah, my family's from Arkansas and Oklahoma, so you know even in those two states that the approach to it differs quite a bit. John Party man last night lonely out. Now we know the albums on the way. I got to ask the the most cliche interviewer question in the world and I apologize to the advance, but what can you tell me about this album? Well, I mean we got half of a recorder right now. I'm currently writing and, you know, got my ear open for some songs. Pretty excited about it. In there's quite a bit of drinking songs I've written. I don't know if I can put all of them on there. If you could go back to talk...

...to just for a couple seconds. First Record, John Party, and he heard you right now, is saying we're working on that fourth headlining tour, playing these venues you've never even dreamed of before. What would you tell him right now? I would tell them one day universal studios in Orlando's going to tell you to come and then you're not going to have to wait in line the ride ride to ride. So keep on doing we're doing. Could you imagine telling yourself, yeah, you're the weight of mine, we're love that. Say We're twelve. You like your twelve years old, like man, one day the park's going to invite you to come work at the park and then just take you through the exit to ride any rad you want and you'd be like, I'm on the right path. Well, I gotta I gotta ask the one follow up question then. What's your favorite ride at universal? Oh Man, what was that? Was that Velocity Raptor ride? All the new one at the new coaster? Yeah, man, it was. It was wild and I like all, I mean road et a simpson land was awesome and I and I'm I've never been there before, so I'm just walking around like wow, and I which I love. They serve alcohol at all aspects of the park, but it's not a good, dangerous it's not like Disneyland. We're like, oh, the alcohol is two miles over there. Yeah, we had a great time. The old school drastic part Harry Potter world was cruel and I'm not a huge Hart Harry Potter, but you all. I got dudes walk to you like this. Yeah, the immersion is pretty dope. Yeah, and then transformers was cool. I mean everything was cool, like it's, it's it was just fun. But that was when you told me that. What would you tell your yourself of that one day, man, universal studios of land, I was going to ask you to come play their part and you're not going to have to wait any any lines for any roller coaster. I've asked a variation of that question, obviously, mudful times over my career and I can tell you right now that's my favorite answer I've ever gotten. Too that because it's just so pure and so genuine. Yeah, man, I always say keep your inner Super Fan and I...

...always keep you in your kid. You can always find some way to have fun. To See more of our exactlys conversation with John Party serves. SPOUT PODCAST ON IG twitter or tick tock, or it's about podcastcom next week back for the second time, both ava, Max in, Tsto spout off. People who say just manifest like yes, but you have to keep knocking on the door until you get a yes, because that's what manifestation is as well, like you going after, and that's energy you going after. I believe in what you what you throughout there. I always like to see the best in people and the glasses always a fool for me. The spout podcast is presented by Alpha media and created by Phil Becker. Spout.

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