There has been a phenomenal amount of enthusiasm for the artists who are bringing traditional country music back to the mainstream of country radio. And leading the way for the past several years has been Jon Pardi. Every song he has released has hinted at his traditional leanings and influences, but with his newest, there are no hints. “Me and Jack” gets right up in your face.
“Me and Jack” is the second song being released from Jon’s upcoming third album, Heartache Medication, in addition to the title track, which is his official radio single. Filled with swagger and spice and everything fundamentally nice about traditional country like sawing fiddle, gritty guitar leads, sharp drum blocks, and some head-spinning chicken pickin’, the arrangement and production alone is enough to fill the hardwood at any dancehall in America.
Lyrically, “Me and Jack” is quintessential Jon Pardi. Introducing us to a new “man in black,” the song is filled with clever turns of phrase, vivid imagery, and hilarious zingers. After you’ve taken a turn or two on the dance floor, you’ll definitely want to listen closely to the story that Jon is telling with this anthem to the preferred brown liquor of many country artists and the woes it can often produce.
In May, Jon and his team released “Heartache Medication” to radio and then in June, “Ain’t Always the Cowboy” was sent to streaming outlets. The full album, Heartache Medication, is coming in September which gives us another month…and perhaps another sneak peek of what we can expect from the collection.