• JON PARDI UNVEILS EPISODE TWO OF HIS CMT “PARDI TIME” SHOW.

    In this week’s episode, Jon Pardi plays matchmaker; “Gentleman Jon” gives advice on how to keep your love life spicy, and we get an exclusive house Pardi guitar tour!

     

     

  • CMA ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINEE JON PARDI SURPRISED WITH RIAA PLATINUM CERTIFICATION PLAQUE FOR “HEARTACHE MEDICATION.”

    CMA Album of the Year nominee Jon Pardi was surprised with an RIAA Platinum certification plaque for his hit single, “Heartache Medication” while working on an excavator on his property, on Tuesday (10/6). Pardi’s Manager Melanie Wetherbee was tasked with delivering the plaque on behalf of UMG Nashville, Pardi’s label home. In a special video, Pardi thanked the songwriters, co-producers, his managers, the label and his fans. Watch the video, here: https://youtu.be/dW8tirxdJvU.

    “Heartache Medication” topped both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts and garnered millions of on-demand streams, marking Pardi’s fourth #1, joining previous chart-topping hits “Dirt On My Boots,” “Head Over Boots” and “Heartache On The Dance Floor.” “Heartache Medication” is the title track off Pardi’s critically-acclaimed album Heartache Medication. His current single “Ain’t Always The Cowboy,” off that same album, is currently Top 15-and-climbing on the Billboard Country Airplay charts. For more information, visit www.jonpardi.com.

     

    Audio / Prior to releasing the song, Jon Pardi said the song “Heartache Medication” is a song that picks you up when you’re feeling low.

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    Jon Pardi (Heartache Medication song) 1 OC: …singing it a lot. :41
    “I love this song. This title is kind of different, you know kind of about drinkin’, getting to feel better, kinda lost somebody, it’s time to move on, but you’re not sad. You’re happy. It’s feel-good, kind of like medication that you need. So, ‘Heartache Medication’ that’s kind of the way we wrote it. I wrote it with Natalie Hemby and Barry Dean – great writers. It’s very upbeat and traditional, but it’s also just, I think, relevant in a way that it picks you up when you’re feeling down, or if you’re feeling good, it makes you feel extra good, and who doesn’t like a good ole fiddle intro? So, I think it’s gonna be awesome, and I hope y’all dig it, and I’ll be singing it a lot.”

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  • JON PARDI PREMIERES DIGITAL VARIETY SERIES “PARDI TIME” TONIGHT WITH CMT.

    CMA Album of the Year nominee Jon Pardi is premiering his digital variety series “Pardi Time” tonight with CMT. The all-new 8-episode digital-variety series was shot, directed and hosted by the Platinum-selling singer/songwriter/producer (with help from CMT) and is all things, and all sides, Jon Pardi. The series kicks off tonight on CMT’s Facebook and YouTube channels at 5p.m. CT.

    “Pardi Time” features segments like Dear Jon, a hilarious take on advice from ‘The Gentleman’, Pardi Snacks, his cooking (and cocktail) themed how-tos, and Til Death Do Us Pardi, the real REAL on his engagement and wedding planning (and re-planning – thanks, COVID), plus Pardi Tunes and so much more. Episodes will roll out weekly across CMT digital platforms.

    Check out the first episode below.

    Pardi just released the Deluxe Edition of his critically-acclaimed 2019 album Heartache Medication on Friday (10/2), featuring three new bonus tracks including the new version of his Top 15 and climbing single ‘Ain’t Always The Cowboy’ (Western Version). Heartache Medication (Deluxe Edition) is the extended version of Pardi’s critically-acclaimed album Heartache Medication, which debuted among the top albums on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and garnered the “hero in the making” (Variety) a double nomination as both artist and producer for ACM’s Album of the Year category and a nod for CMA’s Album of the Year. Pardi also recently received a 2020 CMT Music Awards nomination for ‘Beer Can’t Fix’ with Thomas Rhett in the “Collaborative Video of the Year” category.

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  • JON PARDI’S HEARTACHE MEDICATION DELUXE EDITION ARRIVES TODAY.

    CMA Album of the Year nominee Jon Pardi releases Heartache Medication Deluxe Edition today. Featuring three new bonus tracks- “Bar Downtown,” “Beer Light” and “Ain’t Always The Cowboy (Western Version),” the expanded album of his critically-acclaimed album Heartache Medication celebrates the one year anniversary of the original album release and his first, back-to-back headlining shows at the famed Ryman Auditorium (10/1-2/2019). Teaming up again with longtime collaborators Bart Butler and Ryan Gore, the triple threat producer, singer and songwriter co-produced all three new tracks. “Bar Downtown” premiered on Rolling Stone Country yesterday (10/1) and fans can listen to the full 17-track Heartache Medication Deluxe Edition HERE.

    Heartache Medication Deluxe Edition comes on the heels of Pardi’s recent, second consecutive ACM Album of the Year nomination and his current CMA Album of the Year nomination (his first nod in the category). With the release of his highly-lauded album Heartache Medication, Pardi doubled-down and “…cut a path through modern country by stubbornly sticking to fiddles, steel guitar, and dive-bar jukebox energy” (The New York Times). Critics hailed his blend of “honky-tonkin’, boot-stompin’ tracks about whiskey, women and song” (The New York Times), named him the only country artist/album represented in the Los Angeles Times “Best Albums of the Year” list (#4) and called him an artist that “…proves that Country music is still thrillingly alive” (Rolling Stone).

    The ACM/CMA winning artist recently became the first country artist to have two #1 singles on Country Radio in 2020. Heartache Medication Deluxe Edition follows the release of “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Western Version) and Pardi’s RANCHO FIESTA SESSIONS– an eight-song album that features a combination of songs Pardi is both inspired by, and loves to perform-and his ACM/CMA nominated album, HEARTACHE MEDICATION. Pardi is currently nominated for CMT Awards’ Collaborative Video of the Year category for his collaboration on the #1 hit single “Beer Can’t Fix” with Thomas Rhett. For more information visit www.jonpardi.com.

    Heartache Medication Deluxe Edition Track List:

    1.   Old Hat (Jeff Hyde, Matt Jenkins and Ryan Tyndell)
    2.   Heartache Medication (Jon Pardi, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby)
    3.   Nobody Leaves A Girl Like That (Bart Butler, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary)
    4.   Ain’t Always The Cowboy (Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson)
    5.   Me And Jack (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
    6.   Don’t Blame It On Whiskey (Featuring Lauren Alaina) (Eric Church, Michael Heeney, Luke Laird and Miranda Lambert)
    7.   Tied One On (Bart Butler, Chase McGill and Jamie Paulin)
    8.   Oughta Know That (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
    9.   Tequila Little Time (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird)
    10. Buy That Man A Beer (Clint Daniels, Justin Lantz and John Pierce)
    11. Call Me Country (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Driver Williams)
    12. Just Like Old Times (Jon Pardi, Jeff Hyde and Michael Heeney)
    13. Love Her Like She’s Leaving (Bart Butler, Dean Dillon and Jessie Jo Dillon)
    14. Starlight (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Jeffrey Steele)
    15. Bar Downtown (Josh Osborne, Josh Thompson, Matt Dragstrem)
    16. Beer Light (Jon Pardi, Brice Long, Jeff Hyde)
    17. Ain’t Always The Cowboy (Western Version) (Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson)

    Jon is making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Ain’t Always the Cowboy.”

  • CMT TEAMS WITH COUNTRY SUPERSTAR JON PARDI FOR ALL-NEW DIGITAL VARIETY SERIES “PARDI TIME.”

    CMT today announced “Pardi Time,” an all-new 8-episode digital-variety series with Platinum-selling singer/songwriter/producer Jon Pardi, premiering on Tuesday, October 6th on CMT’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

     

    Shot, directed, and hosted by Jon Pardi (with help from CMT), “Pardi Time” is all things, and all sides, Jon Pardi. With segments like Dear Jon, a hilarious take on advice from ‘The Gentleman’, Pardi Snacks,his cooking (and cocktail) themed how-tos, and Til Death Do Us Pardi, the real REAL on his engagement and wedding planning (and re-planning – thanks, COVID), plus Pardi Tunes and so much more. Episodes will roll out weekly across CMT digital platforms.

    “We were lucky enough to work with Jon on our first episode of ‘Off The Road,’ a mini doc that was completely self-shot by Jon in early April. After seeing the first round of footage, we had a hunch fans would love it – and they did! The feedback was incredible, but we knew there was so much more for fans to see,” shared Melissa Goldberg, CMT’s Senior Director of Digital & Social. “Jon is an incredible star and creative partner, and we are so excited to show-off more of his dynamic personality. We know our CMT fans will love taking a peek into his home life, resonate with his authenticity and get a kick out of his crazy antics.”

    Pardi is set to release the Deluxe Edition of his critically-acclaimed 2019 album Heartache Medication this Friday, October 2, featuring three new bonus tracks and a new version of his latest single ‘Ain’t Always The Cowboy’ (Western Version). Heartache Medication (Deluxe Edition) is the extended version of Pardi’s critically-acclaimed album Heartache Medication, which debuted among the top albums on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and garnered the “hero in the making” (Variety) a double nomination as both artist and producer for ACM’s Album of the Year category and a nod for CMA’s Album of the Year. Most recently, he received a 2020 CMT Music Awards nomination for ‘Beer Can’t Fix’ with Thomas Rhett in the “Collaborative Video of the Year” category.

    “Pardi Time” is the newest CMT digital series in a line of premium offerings from the brand that includes “Off the Road”(formerly “On the Road”) capturing real-life moments off the road with country’s top talent, including Pardi and Brothers Osborne, “Another Round,” which brings Music City’s celebrated ‘in the round’ format to life and has featured the iconic Williams family, “CMT Hit Story,” where artists like Tim McGraw and Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey have shared stories behind their hit songs, and many more.

    For more information, follow @CMT on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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    About Jon Pardi:
    The ACM/CMA winning artist recently became the first country artist to have two #1 singles on Country Radio in 2020, and is gearing up to release the Deluxe Edition of his critically-acclaimed album Heartache MedicationHeartache Medication (Deluxe Edition) follows the release of “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Western Version) and his latest release, RANCHO FIESTA SESSIONS– an eight-song album that features a combination of songs Pardi is both inspired by, and loves to perform-and his CMA nominated album, HEARTACHE MEDICATIONHEARTACHE MEDICATION debuted among the top albums on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and was named on Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of the Year” and The Los Angeles Times “Best Albums of the Year” (#4) list as the only country artist/album represented. A “hero in the making” (Variety), Pardi is noted for his “long-lasting mark on the genre” (Music Row) and his impressive ability to carve out his own path creating “the kind of country music multiple generations came to know, and love can still work on a mass scale” (Variety). Filled with fiddle, twang and steel guitar, Pardi continues to “apply new ideas to country’s old sounds” (Los Angeles Times) and “bring authenticity back into Country music” (People).

  • JON PARDI READIES THE RELEASE OF THE DELUXE VERSION OF HIS CMA AWARD NOMINATED ALBUM, HEARTACHE MEDICATION.

    Jon Pardi will release the deluxe version of his album, Heartache Medication, on Friday (October 2nd). Heartache Medication (Deluxe Version) is the extended version of Pardi’s critically-acclaimed album Heartache Medication,” which debuted among the top albums on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and garnered the “hero in the making” (Variety) a double nomination as both artist and producer for ACM’s Album of the Year category and a nod for CMA’s Album of the Year. October 2nd is the one year anniversary since Pardi, for the first time, headlined back-to-back nights of the Ryman Auditorium during his album release week for Heartache Medication, and it’s also the night he got engaged.

    Pardi delivers the Deluxe Version with his previously released 14 tracks, plus three new bonus tracks including “Bar Downtown,” “Beer Light,” and a new version of his current hit single “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Western Version).

    *View the full tracklisting below.

    The ACM/CMA winning artist recently became the first country artist to have two #1 singles on Country Radio in 2020. Heartache Medication (Deluxe Version) follows the release of “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Western Version) and Pardi’s RANCHO FIESTA SESSIONS– an eight-song album that features a combination of songs Pardi is both inspired by, and loves to perform-and his ACM/CMA nominated album, HEARTACHE MEDICATION. For more information visit www.jonpardi.com.

     

    Heartache Medication (Deluxe Version) Track List*

    1. Old Hat (Jeff Hyde, Matt Jenkins and Ryan Tyndell)
    2. Heartache Medication (Jon Pardi, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby)
    3. Nobody Leaves A Girl Like That (Bart Butler, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary)
    4. Ain’t Always The Cowboy (Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson)
    5. Me And Jack (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
    6. Don’t Blame It On Whiskey (Featuring Lauren Alaina) (Eric Church, Michael Heeney, Luke Laird and Miranda Lambert)
    7. Tied One On (Bart Butler, Chase McGill and Jamie Paulin)
    8. Oughta Know That (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
    9. Tequila Little Time (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird)
    10. Buy That Man A Beer (Clint Daniels, Justin Lantz and John Pierce)
    11. Call Me Country (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Driver Williams)
    12. Just Like Old Times (Jon Pardi, Jeff Hyde and Michael Heeney)
    13. Love Her Like She’s Leaving (Bart Butler, Dean Dillon and Jessie Jo Dillon)
    14. Starlight (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Jeffrey Steele)
    15. Bar Downtown (Josh Osborne, Josh Thompson, Matt Dragstrem)
    16. Beer Light (Jon Pardi, Brice Long, Jeff Hyde)
    17. Ain’t Always The Cowboy (Western Version) (Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson)

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      Jon Pardi (story behind Beer Light) OC: …which is awesome. :

      ” ‘Beer Light’ is a song we wrote on a bus trip last year, and it was so cool. Jeff Hyde had this melody and it was just so awesome. They kind of wrote the song, and I kind of came in and we kind of changed the melody and we talked about ‘beer light.’ It’s kind of this moving on song where he’s kind over his wild days of partying to get over this girl and trying to drown his sorrows and now he’s just chill with a cold beer in his hand and having a good time and sitting under that old neon sign, which I think is really cool in a different way to say that, which is awesome.”

      Audio / JON PARDI TALKS ABOUT HOW WELL "BAR DOWNTOWN" AND "BEER LIGHT" WILL FIT ON THE DELUXE VERSION OF HIS ACM AND CMA-NOMINATED ALBUM, HEARTACHE MEDICATION.

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      Jon Pardi (Bar Downtown and Beer Light on HM Deluxe) OC: …awesome. :23
      “‘Bar Downtown’ is awesome. I love this, and I heard this song back when we could go downtown. I thought it was great, and it was just an infectious melody and it’s that wondering where she is kind of song, and I love those kind of songs so I’m glad it made it on the Heartache Medication Deluxe. But I felt like these two songs fit on the Deluxe and when they come out, hearing them all together with the Heartache Medication playlist, it’s gonna be awesome.”

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  • SAM, CARRIE, KEITH, LITTLE BIG TOWN, LUKE, MADDIE & TAE, BROTHERS O, CHRIS, PARDI, CAYLEE AND TRAVIS NOMINATED FOR CMT AWARDS THIS YEAR.

    The nominations for this year’s CMT MUSIC AWARDS were announced on Wednesday (September 23rd), and several UMG Nashville artists were among the nominees.

    Sam Hunt picked up three nods, including Video of the Year (“Hard To Forget”); Male Video of the Year (“Hard To Forget”) and CMT Performance of the Year (“Fancy” from CMT Artists of the Year show).

    Carrie Underwood, who reigns as the most awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history with 20 wins, is up for two awards including Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year  for “Drinking Alone;” and Little Big Town is also up for a pair of awards including Video of the Year (“Sugar Coat”) and Group Video of the Year (“Wine, Beer, Whiskey”).

    “Breakthrough Video of the Year” nominees include Caylee Hammack (“Family Tree”) and Travis Denning (“After a Few”).

    The finalists for “Video of the Year” will be announced on October 12; fans will be able to vote throughout the week until October 16 to determine the winner.

    Fan voting begins today at vote.cmt.com and continues until 12PM ET/11 AM CT on Monday, October 12. The top five “Video of the Year” finalists will be revealed at that time.

    The finalists for “Video of the Year” will be announced on October 12; fans will be able to vote throughout the week until October 16 to determine the winner.

    The nominees for the “2020 CMT Music Awards” are:

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced on 10/12, with final voting held until 10/16 and announced in-show.

    • Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
    • Blanco Brown – “The Git Up”
    • Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”
    • Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
    • Keith Urban – “Polaroid”
    • Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”
    • Little Big Town – “Sugar Coat”
    • Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
    • Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”
    • Old Dominion – “Some People Do”
    • Sam Hunt – “Hard To Forget”
    • Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”
    • The Chicks -“Gaslighter”
    • Thomas Rhett – “Remember You Young”

    FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

    • Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
    • Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”
    • Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”
    • Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”
    • Maren Morris – “The Bones”
    • Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”

    MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

    • Jason Aldean – “Got What I Got”
    • Luke Bryan – “One Margarita”
    • Luke Combs – “Even Though I’m Leaving”
    • Morgan Wallen – “Chasin’ You (Dream Video)”
    • Sam Hunt – “Hard To Forget”
    • Thomas Rhett – “Remember You Young”

    GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

    • Lady A – “Champagne Night”
    • Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
    • Midland – “Cheatin’ Songs (Live From the Palomino)”
    • Old Dominion – “One Man Band”
    • The Chicks – “Gaslighter”
    • The Highwomen – “Crowded Table”

    DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

    • Brothers Osborne – “All Night (Studio Performance)” 
    • Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
    • Florida Georgia Line – “Blessings”
    • LOCASH – “One Big Country Song”
    • Maddie & Tae – “Die From A Broken Heart”

    BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

    • Blanco Brown – “The Git Up”
    • Caylee Hammack – “Family Tree”
    • Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”
    • Ingrid Andress – “More Hearts Than Mine”
    • Riley Green – “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”
    • Travis Denning – “After a Few”

    COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

    • Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani – “Nobody But You”
    • Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
    • Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber – “10,000 Hours”
    • Kane Brown featuring Nelly – “Cool Again”
    • Marshmello and Kane Brown – “One Thing Right”
    • Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi – “Beer Can’t Fix”

    CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
    Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

    • From CMT Artists of the Year: Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
    • From CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs – “Brand New Man”
    • From CMT Artists of the Year: Chris Young – “Drowning”
    • From CMT Crossroads: Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini – “Graveyard”
    • From CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt – “Fancy”
    • From CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton – “Tell Me When It’s Over”

     

    Audio / MADDIE & TAE TALK ABOUT THE EMOTIONS THAT TOOK PLACE WHILE FILMING THE VIDEO FOR THEIR LATEST SONG, “DIE FROM A BROKEN HEART.”

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    Maddie & Tae (DFABH video emotions) OC: (Tae) …feel something. :49
    MADDIE: “My role in this is kind of being the narrator and watching my best friend go through kind of like how this inspiration started for this song. So, we just both really, really dug into the like just lowest, lowest parts of our (TAE: “Heartache.”). It was tricky, ‘cause I was like I have to be really, really emotional and I feel bad all the camera guys, especially with Tae’s scenes, they’re just like, you could see their eyes welling up watching her and watching me crying.” TAE: “My parents just happened to be in town when we were shooting, so I was like, ‘When else are you gonna be in town when we’re making music videos, so you have to come,’ cause they’ve never seen it. They came and one specific scene – I’m not gonna say what it is – but it made both of my parents cry. And I walked out and my mom had a red nose and my dad’s like, ‘I wasn’t crying. I wasn’t crying.’ (MADDIE: “Awwwwww.”) And I was like, ‘Oh no.’ Well, if it makes my parents cry, hopefully it’ll makes people feel something.”

    Audio / CAYLEE HAMMACK TALKS ABOUT HAVING SOME OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FEATURED IN THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “FAMILY TREE.”

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    Caylee Hammack (Family Tree video) OC: …world to me. :37
    “If you’ve ever wrangled monkeys, that’s pretty much the gist of getting ‘Family Tree’ together because I brought in a bunch of my family members, I brought a bunch of my friends, I brought my dog in, we had a little cast because some of the people couldn’t come in to play the roles. It was a wild day on set, but I think it all came together. Being able to bring my family in that video means the world to me, because ‘Family Tree’ is the introductory course into my music, you know? It’s the appetizer of my tunes, and being able to start that off very strong with all of my family surrounding me, means the world to me.”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING TALKS ABOUT THE STORY LINE OF HIS MUSIC VIDEO FOR "AFTER A FEW."

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    Travis Denning (AAF video) OC: …act in it. :50
    “One thing I loved about the treatment for the After a Few music video is Justin Clough, who directed it, just had this great idea of the similarities between the relationship and taking a gamble on that and actually taking a gamble on a poker game. And so, we decided to kind of have this story line of me and this girl that I just couldn’t help but go back to and every drink was a gamble into falling back in her arms. And then this other side where I’m going up playing poker and getting more confident and winning money and then finally, everything comes to a T with going all in on this hand, and all of a sudden, I’m all in with her. I just thought it was so cool, and it was just great how the cinematic aspect completely mirrored one another. It was fun to act in it.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT “DRINKING ALONE,” WHICH SHE CO-WROTE WITH BRETT JAMES AND DAVID GARCIA.

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    Carrie Underwood (Drinking Alone) OC: …right now. 1:07
    “I had the title, and we just kind of started what does this mean. This is another one that I feel like the title could have gone to a very like sad emotional place, but me being me I still wanted to have that strong kind of character in there. So, I love the fact that this is a breakup song. ‘I’m here at the bar drinking my pain away. You and me can hang out. Why should we both be lamenting over lost love separately? We’re both here doing the same thing. Let’s just do that together.’ I love that the character, I was like I don’t want her like going home with him. I don’t want any of that. I just want it to be like, ‘Okay we’ll just hang out. We’ll drink. We’ll maybe share a corner booth kiss.’ But it’s just more about that night and that moment and that Band-Aid and then going your separate ways. ‘Like this isn’t a thing. I’m not looking to start a new relationship. I’m out of this one. Let’s just let whatever this is be what this is right now.’”

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT HIS MULTI-WEEK NO. 1 SONG, "ONE MARGARITA."

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    Luke Bryan (One Margarita) OC: …margarita. :44
    “’One Margarita’ is like the perfect summertime anthem party song, get on your boat, have a great time. The first time I heard it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s like the catchiest, most fun party song I’ve heard in a long time.’ Sop, we knew we had something special with the song. We get it recorded, and I’m like, ‘Hey! We’ve got Crash My Playa. What better place to put a song called ‘One Margarita’ out and then do the video?’ So, we go to Crash My Playa and we just start shooting it down there. And the video just feels fun. It came together amazing, and it gives fans a little glimpse of what Crash My Playa is if they’ve never been, and hey-it makes you want to have a margarita.”

  • ACM AWARDS 2020 WILL BE A STAR-STUDDED SHOW.

    The Academy of Country Music will present its annual awards show on Wednesday night (September 16th). The show was postponed from April in Las Vegas to September in Nashville due to the global pandemic (COVID-19).

    For the first time in the show’s history, the awards will take place in Nashville, broadcasting from three iconic Country Music venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. The reigning Entertainer of the Year, Keith Urban, will host the show from The Grand Ole Opry House.

    Performances include a star-studded medley from the night’s Entertainer of the Year nominees – Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett – to kick off the show, as well as other performances by Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Pink, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Riley Green, Tenille Townes, Thomas Rhett with Jon Pardi, Eric Church, Mickey Guyton, Morgan Wallen, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Trisha Yearwood, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan.

    Eric Church is set to perform the anthemic “Stick Tat in Your Country Song,” while Luke Bryan will sing his multi-week No 1 summer smash “One Margarita.” Taylor will perform her Top 40 country hit, “betty,” and Carrie Underwood will turn in a medley of songs by the format’s most iconic female artists, including Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. Mickey Guyton will sing the critically-acclaimed “What Are You Gonna Tell Her,” and the night’s host Keith Urban will perform with P!ink on his new song, “One Too Many from his upcoming album, The Speed of Now Part 1.

    Newcomer Caylee Hammack picked up her first ACM Award for Music Event of the Year for the Miranda Lambert-led collaboration, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” which also featured Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Elle King.

    Universal Music Group Nashville is celebrating its honorees (see below).

    Eric Church leads our nominees with three, including his second nod for Entertainer of the Year. He was also nominated as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Some of It” – marking his eighth and ninth nominations in the category.

    Reigning Female Artist of the Year Kacey Musgraves earned three nominations including her seventh nod for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, she received her first Single of the Year nomination as both artist and producer for “Rainbow.”

    Carrie Underwood is nominated for a pair of awards, including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Female Artist of the Year.

    Little Big Town also picks up a pair of nods for Group of the Year and Video of the Year for “Sugar Coat.”

    Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are nominated for Male Artist of the Year; Jon Pardi is up for Album of the Year for Heartache Medication; and Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae are up for Duo of the Year.

     

    The 55th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Keith Urban, will be broadcast Wednesday, September 16th (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS  and will be available to stream on demand on CBS All Access.

     

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    Luke Bryan

    Eric Church

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Carrie Underwood
    FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Miranda Lambert

    Maren Morris

    Kacey Musgraves

    Carrie Underwood
    MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Dierks Bentley

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Chris Stapleton

    Keith Urban
    DUO OF THE YEAR

    Brooks & Dunn

    Brothers Osborne

    Dan + Shay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Maddie & Tae
    GROUP OF THE YEAR

    Lady Antebellum

    Little Big Town

    Midland

    Old Dominion

    The Highwomen
    ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

    Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson

    GIRL – Maren Morris

    Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren Morris

    Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

    Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

     

    What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs

    Producer: Scott Moffatt

    Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

    Producer: Jay Joyce

     

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Producer: Scott Hendricks

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Producer: Shane McAnally

    Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves

    Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian

    Rumor – Lee Brice

    Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone

    What If I Never Get Over You – Lady Antebellum

    Producer: Dann Huff

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

    Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Shay Mooney Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI), Big Machine Music (BMI) / Buckeye 26 (ASCAP), Jreynmusic (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Bieber Time Publishing (ASCAP), Universal Music (ASCAP) / Poo B Z Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP).

    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde

    Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBryde

    Publishers: Songs of Song Factory (BMI) / Universal Tunes (SESAC).

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt

    Publishers: Relative Music Group (BMI), Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI) / WB Music Corp. / Georgia Song Vibez / We-volve Music (ASCAP) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Neon Cross Music (BMI).

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi

    Publishers: WB Music Corp/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing. Rezsongs/Reehits World/Smacktown Music, a division of Smack Blue, LLC/Unfair Entertainment  (ASCAP) adm. by Me Gusta Music. We’re Really Doin’ It Publishing (ASCAP) adm by Words & Music. Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.

    Some Of It – Eric Church

    Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson

    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Longer and Louder Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music/Little Louder Songs, admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music/Not A Track Guy Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights (BMI).
     

    MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Producers: Dan Smyers

    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

    Dive Bar – Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton

    Producers: Garth Brooks

    Record Label: Pearl Records, Inc.

    Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King

    Producer: Jay Joyce

    Record Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville

    Old Town Road – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

    Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKio

    Record Label: Columbia Records

    What Happens In A Small Town – Brantley Gilbert Featuring Lindsay Ell

    Producer: Dann Huff

    Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT THE ENERGY EXCHANGED BETWEEN HIM AND HIS FANS IN THE AUDIENCE AT HIS SHOWS.

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    Eric Church (performing energy) OC: …type of crowd. :40
    “Well, I think for me every night I try to empty the tank. There’s always that energy floating around. It’s a palpable thing, and it’s up to me to start that exchange and get the crowd to give it back to me and then watch it build on itself and just to have that experience. We have one night here in whatever city we’re in, you know, we’ve got this night. I’m not gonna see you for a while you’re not gonna see me for a while, you know? And I love being able to capitalize on that moment and trying to live in that moment and get as much energy exchange between myself and the crowd as we can. I love that. That’s my favorite part of what we do. I love being around people, I’m very passionate about my music, and I love people who are passionate about the music too and I love playing a show for that type of crowd.”

    Audio / LAST YEAR, CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKED ABOUT HER ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FOR LAST YEAR’S CMA AWARDS…AND THE SAME SENTIMENT HOLDS TRUE FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

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    Carrie Underwood (Entertainer nod 2019) OC: …sorry boys! (laughs) :28
    “I personally feel like entertainer. It’s everything, right? So, I feel like people kind of narrow it down to tours, but I feel like there’s so many more components to it. And, you know, I’m blessed and lucky to be nominated, obviously, and fantastic company. It would be amazing, but of course, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it. (laughs) Sorry boys.” (laughs)

    Audio / A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, LUKE BRYAN TALKED ABOUT BEING NAMED ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR FROM BOTH THE ACM AWARDS AND CMA AWARDS.

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    Luke Bryan (Entertainer wins) OC: …got it right. :49
    “The title is what it is, you know? I mean, my focus in life when I’m on stage is entertaining these fans. If it’s my smile and my demeanor, if it’s my song that does it, if it’s me picking up a child out of the audience and letting them sing, it’s not being so premeditated that you can see it from a mile away. I mean, my main thing is be a fan up there that just gets to sing. That’s kind of how I’ve always approached it, and being called the Entertainer of the Year makes me want to do that to the best of my ability every night for the rest of my life as long as I’m on stage. I want people to leave my shows and go, ‘You know what? Whoever’s voting him Entertainer of the Year, they got it right.’”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack, who was nominated for a pair of awards going into this year's ACM AWARDS, has won her first for Music Event of the Year.

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    Caylee Hammack (ACM Music Event of the Year win) OC: …of women. :42
    “Getting to recreate this song with women that inspire me so very much was already a huge blessing for me. To get to perform it every night for the encore of Miranda Lambert’s show that I got to be on tour with her for, it was already this huge blessing for me and then to be nominated was a huge deal and now, we’ve won an ACM for vocal event of the year, this is unreal. And I wish there was another word I could use for it, but unreal is truly it. This is so very special, and I’m just so honored to be in this group of this caliber of women.”

    Audio / KACEY MUSGRAVES SAYS SHE WROTE “RAINBOW” AS A MEMO TO HERSELF, BUT SAYS IT CAN HELP PEOPLE ACTUALLY SEE THE SUN THROUGH THE CLOUDS.

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    Kacey Musgraves (Rainbow) 1 OC: …make it through. :48
    “The song ‘Rainbow’ was actually written a handful of years ago as sort of a little bit of a memo to myself. I think we can all get stuck in a mindset that things are never gonna improve or you can easily focus on kind of the bad parts of whatever you’re going through and not really realize that if you pulled your head above the water you’d see that the sun is actually shining and that everything’s actually okay. I think one of the reasons that people may relate to the song a lot is because, though it was written to myself, I think that it can take the shape of like whatever someone’s going through – whether it’s coming out and not having the support or just any kind of a situation that they don’t feel like they may make it through.”

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT HIS SONG "SOME OF IT."

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    Eric Church (Some of It coming of age) OC: …figure it out. :56
    “That’s a song, a coming-of-age song, it’s an adult song. It’s adult music. If you listen to the thematics in that and what it’s about, it’s about being older and having some wisdom about you. I think that’s something that I appreciate in my fan base now that early on probably wasn’t there. We were young and drunk and fighting and stupid. But I think now to see them grow – to see the fan base grow – it’s just one of those songs that came along at the right time. And again, it was such a blessing that happened. It wasn’t going to be on the album. It was just one of those freak things that I put it on the album, the last song on the album. The album was done, and all of a sudden it becomes the pillar, one of the pillars on the album. I think again, you go back to it’s one of the great things about music, is you just never know what’s going to happen until it’s all said and done. You can try to plan all you want to, but you’ll probably not going to figure it out.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi is excited for his ACM Album of the Year nomination.

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    Jon Pardi (nominated for ACM AWARD for album) OC: …it’s awesome. :32
    “Being nominated for an ACM Award is always awesome, especially when it’s for Album f the Year. From all the hard work we put in to making this record to seeing it as a nominee for Album of the Year is amazing. It’s such a great honor to just have a nomination – to still be in the game is what I’m saying, and I put in a lot of hard work and it’s just so fun. It’s my favorite category to be in and the most, it’s the one I want to be in because that means all the songs help you get that nomination. I think that’s so great, and we work so hard on picking songs. So, it’s awesome.”

    Audio / MADDIE MARLOW OF MADDIE & TAE TALK ABOUT BEING NOMINATED FOR THE ACM DUO OF THE YEAR AWARD.

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    Maddie & Tae (ACM 2019) OC: …this year. :35
    “Being in the Duo category, especially being the only females in that category, is really, really special. We are just in such good company. Every single duo that’s nominated this year, we are really good friends with and we love and support and root for, but just the fact the industry acknowledges what we’re doing, especially after the crazy past couple of years we’ve had, just to get that nod saying, ‘Hey! You’re doing good. Keep doing what you’re doing,’ is so special. We do not take that for granted ‘cause we didn’t expect that at all, and so it was a huge shock for us and such good news for us this year.”

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE SAYS IT'S AN HONOR TO BE NOMINATED AT THIS YEAR'S ACM AWARDS.

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    Brothers Osborne (being nominated) OC: (TJ) …but it really is. :26
    JOHN: “One of the things I love about the country music genre is “It sounds cliché to say it’s an honor, but it really is that it’s a family. We’re all really, really close. We’re all a bunch of misfits thrown together. We’re all a little different, but we love one another and respect one another, and I’m just honored for the both of us to be a part of this awesome family.” TJ: “I will say to add on that, it sounds cliché to say it’s an honor to be nominated, but it really is.”

  • JON PARDI ANNOUNCES THE DELUXE VERSION OF HIS CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ALBUM HEARTACHE MEDICATION DUE OUT ON OCT. 2ND.

    Platinum-selling triple threat Jon Pardi is announcing the release of Heartache Medication (Deluxe Version), due out on October 2nd. Heartache Medication (Deluxe Version) is the extended version of Pardi’s critically-acclaimed album Heartache Medication,” which debuted among the top albums on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and garnered the “hero in the making” (Variety) a double nomination as both artist and producer for ACM’s Album of the Year category and a nod for CMA’s Album of the Year. Oct. 2nd is the one year anniversary since Pardi, for the first time, headlined back-to-back nights of the Ryman Auditorium during his album release week for Heartache Medication, and it’s also the night he got engaged.

    Pardi delivers the Deluxe Version with his previously released 14 tracks, plus three new bonus tracks including “Bar Downtown,” “Beer Light,” and a new version of his current hit single “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Western Version). Fans can pre-save Heartache Medication (Deluxe Version), here: https://strm.to/JPHeartacheMedicationDeluxe. The pre-order will be available on Sept. 18th. *View the full tracklisting below.

    With the release of his highly-lauded album Heartache Medication, Pardi doubled-down and “…cut a path through modern country by stubbornly sticking to fiddles, steel guitar, and dive-bar jukebox energy” (The New York Times). Critics hailed his blend of “honky-tonkin’, boot-stompin’ tracks about whiskey, women and song” (The New York Times), naming him the only country artist/album represented in The Los Angeles Times “Best Albums of the Year” list (#4) and called him an artist that “…proves that Country music is still thrillingly alive” (Rolling Stone). Critics continue to laud his impressive “state-of-the-art blend of traditional instrumentation and progressive grooves that points to country’s future” (Rolling Stone), saying;

     

    “Like a nicely aged Tennessee Whiskey, Pardi’s music is strong stuff.” –Associated Press

     

    “A hero in the making” –Variety

     

    “the kind of country music multiple generations came to know, and love can still work on a mass scale” –Variety

     

    “Jon Pardi brings Authenticity back into country music.” –People

    “Jon Pardi’s hyperactive honky-tonk brings the past into the present.” -NPR

     

    “Pardi continues to apply new ideas to country’s old sounds” –Los Angeles Times

     

    “ Pardi…deserves credit for combining throwback twang with modern production techniques in a way that appeals to country music fans of all ages and listening preferences.” –Wide Open Country

     

    Paving his way as an all-encompassing producer, singer and songwriter – Pardi co-wrote “Beer Light” and co-produced the three additional tracks with longtime collaborators Bart Butler and Ryan Gore.

     

    The ACM/CMA winning artist recently became the first country artist to have two #1 singles on Country Radio in 2020. Heartache Medication (Deluxe Version) follows the release of “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Western Version) and Pardi’s RANCHO FIESTA SESSIONS– an eight-song album that features a combination of songs Pardi is both inspired by, and loves to perform-and his ACM/CMA nominated album, HEARTACHE MEDICATION. For more information visit www.jonpardi.com.

     

    Heartache Medication (Deluxe Version) Tracklist*

    1. Old Hat (Jeff Hyde, Matt Jenkins and Ryan Tyndell)
    2. Heartache Medication (Jon Pardi, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby)
    3. Nobody Leaves A Girl Like That (Bart Butler, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary)
    4. Ain’t Always The Cowboy (Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson)
    5. Me And Jack (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
    6. Don’t Blame It On Whiskey (Featuring Lauren Alaina) (Eric Church, Michael Heeney, Luke Laird and Miranda Lambert)
    7. Tied One On (Bart Butler, Chase McGill and Jamie Paulin)
    8. Oughta Know That (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
    9. Tequila Little Time (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird)
    10. Buy That Man A Beer (Clint Daniels, Justin Lantz and John Pierce)
    11. Call Me Country (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Driver Williams)
    12. Just Like Old Times (Jon Pardi, Jeff Hyde and Michael Heeney)
    13. Love Her Like She’s Leaving (Bart Butler, Dean Dillon and Jessie Jo Dillon)
    14. Starlight (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Jeffrey Steele)
    15. Bar Downtown (Josh Osborne, Josh Thompson, Matt Dragstrem)
    16. Beer Light (Jon Pardi, Brice Long, Jeff Hyde)
    17. Ain’t Always The Cowboy (Western Version) (Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson)

     

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about how well "Bar Downtown" and "Beer Light" will fit on the deluxe version of his ACM AND CMA-nominated album, Heartache Medication.

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    Jon Pardi (Bar Downtown and Beer Light on HM Deluxe) OC: …awesome. :23
    “‘Bar Downtown’ is awesome. I love this, and I heard this song back when we could go downtown. I thought it was great, and it was just an infectious melody and it’s that wondering where she is kind of song, and I love those kind of songs so I’m glad it made it on the Heartache Medication Deluxe. But I felt like these two songs fit on the Deluxe and when they come out, hearing them all together with the Heartache Medication playlist, it’s gonna be awesome.”

  • JON PARDI IS THRILLED TO BE “IN THE GAME” WITH HIS ACM NOMINATION FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR.

    Jon Pardi is nominated for Album of the Year for his third studio album Heartache Medication at this year’s ACM Awards (and CMA Awards). The collection, which was released last fall, spawned the No. 1 hit with the title track. He is really honored to be nominated and “still in the game.”

    “Being nominated for an ACM Award is always awesome, especially when it’s for Album of the Year,” says Jon. “From all the hard work we put in to making this record to seeing it as a nominee for Album of the Year is amazing. It’s such a great honor to just have a nomination – to still be in the game is what I’m saying, and I put in a lot of hard work and it’s just so fun. It’s my favorite category to be in and the most, it’s the one I want to be in because that means all the songs help you get that nomination. I think that’s so great, and we work so hard on picking songs.”

    The 55th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Keith Urban, will be broadcast September 16th (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS  and will be available to stream on demand on CBS All Access.

    The California native is currently making his way up the country carts with his latest single, “Ain’t Always the Cowboy,” which is from his ACM- and CMA-nominated album, Heartache Medication.

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about being nominated for ACM Album of the Year for Heartache Medication.

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    Jon Pardi (nominated for ACM AWARD for album) OC: …it’s awesome. :32
    “Being nominated for an ACM Award is always awesome, especially when it’s for Album f the Year. From all the hard work we put in to making this record to seeing it as a nominee for Album of the Year is amazing. It’s such a great honor to just have a nomination – to still be in the game is what I’m saying, and I put in a lot of hard work and it’s just so fun. It’s my favorite category to be in and the most, it’s the one I want to be in because that means all the songs help you get that nomination. I think that’s so great, and we work so hard on picking songs. So, it’s awesome.”