California Sunrise

California Sunrise

by Jon PardiJon Pardi

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Overview

On the cover of his 2014 debut, Write You a Song, Jon Pardi seemed a bit like a metrosexual country boy but on California Sunrise, its 2016 sequel, he's decked out like an old-school cowboy, complete with a big hat and blue jeans. This is the major change in image, but the music on California Sunrise isn't markedly different than the debut. Like the high-octane Write You a Song before it, California Sunrise is produced by Bart Butler, but the album finds space for softer tones and slower tempos, a shift that opens the doors for a little experimentation with rhythms. "Heartache on the Dance Floor" bears a bit of R&B-friendly AAA pop sheen, and at its core "Lucky Tonight" is a soul song all gussied up with fiddles and blues guitar. A few other cuts are light on their feet -- "Head Over Boots" rolls along with its singalong chorus, "Cowboy Hat" trades upon the leering twilight of bro-country -- but California Sunrise remains grounded in sinewy, straight-ahead country, sometimes delivered by Pardi with a sly grin. Perhaps his cheer is a bit subdued -- his everyday persona can work against him, suggesting that he's not much more than a guy next door -- but this workingman's diligence is a key element in turning California Sunrise into a frills-free, sturdily crafted collection.


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Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2016
Label: Capitol Nashville
UPC: 0602547824448
catalogNumber: 002474402
Rank: 10321

Tracks

  1. Out of Style
  2. Cowboy Hat
  3. Head Over Boots
  4. Night Shift
  5. Can't Turn You Down
  6. Dirt on My Boots
  7. She Ain't in It
  8. All Time High
  9. Heartache on the Dance Floor
  10. Paycheck
  11. Lucky Tonight
  12. California Sunrise

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Performance Credits

Jon Pardi   Primary Artist

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