Stagecoach 2023 Lineup Announced

Last week GoldenVoice released the line up for Stagecoach 2023 and we believe it’s one of the best lineups that we’ve seen! Stagecoach always has amazing headliners and up and coming talent performing at the Palomino stage or Sirius XM stage, but what makes this year’s lineup so good, is the range of the performing artists. Headliners Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and Chris Stapleton represent three subcategories within country music, which as far as we’ve heard, has been pleasing to our readers/followers.

Luke Bryan has always been a Stagecoach favorite with his poppy, catchy, feel-good songs. You can’t go wrong with having Luke Bryan perform at Stagecoach. Kane Brown has an amazing voice and is popular with younger fans, especially the ladies. Chris Stapleton has so many phenomenal songs, that we don’t know how they’ll be able to fit them all into a two hour set. These three artists are well deserving of headline status, because of their singing & song-writing abilities, but more importantly, they have a very loyal fanbase, and their songs will definitely get people dancing, at the end of the night.

Other artists that we’re excited to see:

Old Dominion– They’ve been named Group of the Year for good reason. Everyone loves Old Dominion

Kameron Marlowe– This talented young artist has established himself as a force to be reckoned with with hits, “Giving You Up” and “Tequila Talkin'”. Be sure to catch his set!

Morgan Wade– This talented female, has the voice and lyrics that paint a picturesque scene, for every song she sings. She performs at Stagecoach on Saturday. DO. NOT. MISS. HER!

For the full line up and to purchase your tickets, visit Stagecoach.com

LUKE COMBS’ NEW ALBUM GROWIN’ UP, OUT TODAY

Country superstar and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs’ highly anticipated new album, Growin’ Up, is out today via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. Stream/purchase HERE.

In celebration of the release, Combs was featured on “CBS Mornings” earlier today speaking with correspondent Anthony Mason (watch the full profile HERE) and recently profiled in The New York Times, who praises, “Combs is one of country music’s biggest stars right now…He’s accomplished this not with virtuosic musical innovation, genre-crossing celebrity collaborations or by hosting a television singing competition, but by cranking out one irrepressibly catchy, widely relatable meat-and-potatoes country anthem after another.”

Produced by Combs, Chip Matthews and Jonathan SingletonGrowin’ Up is Combs’ third studio album following 2019’s 3x Platinum What You See is What You Get and his 4x Platinum debut, This One’s For You, and consists of twelve songs including his new single, “The Kind of Love We Make,” which debuted at #17 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart—the highest chart debut since January 2020—and was the most added song at country radio this week with 148 stations onboard. Watch the song’s official music video HERE.

“The Kind of Love We Make” adds to a triumphant career for Combs, who recently extended his record-breaking streak at country radio as his previous single, “Doin’ This,” reached #1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts last month. This is Combs’ thirteenth-consecutive #1 single, adding yet another historic accomplishment to his career. In honor of the milestone, Combs celebrated his nine latest #1s earlier this month with a special sold-out Parking Lot Party concert at BMI—their biggest #1 party ever.

Known for his electric live shows, Combs will perform throughout this year with his sold-out “Middle of Somewhere” fall tour as well as an upcoming sold-out show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which ranks among the fastest sell-outs in the venue’s history. The Atlanta show follows additional sold-out stadium shows at Seattle’s Lumen Field and Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High, of which The Tennessean praised, “as he held center stage for the two-hour show, Combs proved why he and his growing collection of hits sound best with a stadium-sized crowd singing along.” See below for complete tour itinerary.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry and a 6x CMA, 3x ACM, 3x Billboard Music Award-winner, Combs is in the midst of a record-setting and historic series of years. His previous release, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. With the record Combs reached #1 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums chart, Top 100 Songs chart and Artists 500 chart—the first country artist ever to lead all three charts in the same week and first to top the Artists 500. He also made history as the first artist ever to have their first two studio albums spend 25 weeks or more at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart—breaking Taylor Swift’s previously held record at 24 weeks.

LUKE COMBS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
July 7 /// Cavendish, PEI /// Cavendish Beach Music Festival
July 8 /// Quebec City, QC /// Festival D’Ete International De Quebec
July 9 /// Ottawa, ON /// RBC Bluesfest
July 23 /// Columbus, OH /// Buckeye Country Superfest
July 30 /// Atlanta, GA /// Mercedes-Benz Stadium* (SOLD OUT)
September 2 /// Bangor, ME /// Maine Savings
Amphitheater‡ (SOLD OUT)
September 3 /// Bangor, ME /// Maine Savings
Amphitheater‡ (SOLD OUT)
September 16 /// Green Bay, WI /// Resch Center+ (SOLD OUT)
September 17 /// Green Bay, WI /// Resch Center+ (SOLD OUT)
September 22 /// Lake Tahoe, NV /// Lake Tahoe Outdoor
Arena at Harveys+ (SOLD OUT)
September 23 /// Lake Tahoe, NV /// Lake Tahoe Outdoor
Arena at Harveys+ (SOLD OUT)
September 30 /// Albany, NY /// MVP Arena+ (SOLD OUT)
October 1 /// Albany, NY /// MVP Arena+ (SOLD OUT)
October 14 /// Charleston, SC /// North Charleston
Coliseum^ (SOLD OUT)
October 15 /// Charleston, SC /// North Charleston
Coliseum^ (SOLD OUT)
October 21 /// Louisville, KY /// KFC Yum! Center^ (SOLD OUT)
October 22 /// Louisville, KY /// KFC Yum! Center^ (SOLD OUT)
October 28 /// Omaha, NE /// CHI Health Center^ (SOLD OUT)
October 29 /// Omaha, NE /// CHI Health Center^ (SOLD OUT)
November 4 /// Uncasville, CT /// Mohegan Sun Arena^ (SOLD OUT)
November 5 /// Uncasville, CT /// Mohegan Sun Arena^ (SOLD OUT)
November 12 /// Quebec City, QC /// Videotron Centre# (SOLD OUT)
November 14 /// Toronto, ON /// Scotiabank Arena# (SOLD OUT)
November 15 /// Toronto, ON /// Scotiabank Arena# (SOLD OUT)
November 17 /// Ottawa, ON /// Canadian Tire Centre# (SOLD OUT)
November 18 /// Montreal, QC /// Centre Bell# (SOLD OUT)
November 21 /// London, ON /// Budweiser Gardens# (SOLD OUT)
November 22 /// London, ON /// Budweiser Gardens# (SOLD OUT)
December 9 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// Paycom Center% (SOLD OUT)
December 10 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// Paycom Center% (SOLD OUT)

*with special guests Cody Johnson, Zach Bryan and Morgan Wade
‡with special guests Mitchell Tenpenny and Morgan Wade
+with special guests Jordan Davis and Morgan Wade
^with special guests Jordan Davis and Lainey Wilson
#with special guests Riley Green and Chayce Beckham
%with special guest Jordan Davis and more to be announced


www.LukeCombs.com

Lindsay Ell Crushes Day 3, at Stagecoach

As the sun began to set on Stagecoach 2022, a familiar voice rang out from the Mane Stage. Lindsay Ell took the stage, on day three, and put on a high energy performance, filled with guest appearances and her latest chart topping hits, which got the 75,000 fans on their feet and singing along, prior to headliner Luke Combs, taking the stage.

Dressed in neon green, Lindsay began her set with an infectious amount of energy that spilled over to the crowd, who quickly began singing along to “Criminal” and didn’t stop until her final song, “What Happens In A Small Town“.

During her performance, the crowd of 75,000, was treated to Lindsay’s latest release, “Right on Time“. a song that Lindsay told me, was “near and dear to her heart, because of the constant pressure that is placed on women, by society, to fall in love, get married and have kids; all by a certain age.” She stated, “women are beautiful and should be empowered to live their life on their own timeline; write their own stories.” Before performing “Right on Time” at Stagecoach, Lindsay dedicated the song to women everywhere, as a reminder that they “can’t be late to their own party.” The statement was greeted cheers as the women, and some men in the crowd, recognized the realness of her statement.

Shortly after that song, Lindsay and her band, had a little fun with the crowd, by squirting them with water guns, then quickly returned to the stage to introduce special guests, Cheat Codes, for their next song, “How Do You Love“. The trio and Lindsay, proceeded to perform their smash hit, while the crowd danced, sang and throughly enjoyed the moment. The end of Lindsay’s set was capped, with her most popular song to date, “What Happens in a Small Town“, a song featuring Brantley Gilbert.

Although Lindsay’s performances are entertaining, because of her incredible guitar skills, crowd interaction, and high energy throughout the set, this one felt very different. Good different. This was, easily, one of my favorite performances of Stagecoach weekend. Lindsay’s energy provided an atmosphere that we hadn’t experienced since the beginning of the pandemic. Lindsay was captivating throughout and reminded us, of just how much fun live music can be, and how much we’ve missed it!

Thank you, Lindsay!

If you’d like to experience Lindsay Ell’s phenomenal performance for yourself, be sure to follow her on all social media platforms, and catch her opening for Shania Twain this summer.

For more info about Lindsay Ell, check out LindsayEll.com

Photo: @JesusRosasPhotos

Holiday State debuts Festival Anthem ‘Indio’

When the weather get’s warmer in the Coachella Valley, it only means one thing… Festival Season! This year, April marks the return of Coachella and Stagecoach, after a two year hiatus due to covid. Just in time for our local festivals, the country trio, Holiday State, has released the song “Indio”, which promises to be a festival-fan favorite for years to come.

Holiday State, is a pop-country trio made up of brothers Brandon, Brett & Bryan DeLaura. The group hails from Ranch Santa Margarita, California, and has released several singles throughout their career and expect to drop their first EP in fall of 2022. The brothers have stated that being of Hawaiian and Hispanic descent they find musical influence in their culture, as well as their music they grew up listening to during their childhood.

Holiday State’s latest song, “Indio”, is another addition to their catchy, feel good style, that instantly transports listeners into a festive, chill-vibe. The song has already been streamed over 15k times, and has been shared on social media, by none other than Waymond Fermon, the Mayor of Indio.

The trio’s list of feel good songs don’t end with “Indio”, the brothers have also released popular singles, such as “Friday Feelin” and “Where I Wanna Be“. It is easy to see that Holiday State is well on their way to becoming rising stars on the pop country scene, with more than enough talent to perform at Stagecoach, TailgateFest, or any number of country festivals throughout the US.

We look forward to future hits from Holiday State and forsee them headlining at a concert venue, near you.

Be sure to check out HolidayState.com for their latest music and upcoming shows.

Stagecoach Preview

Stagecoach Country Music Festival is 10 days away, and it promises to be an amazing weekend filled with phenomenal artists and activities throughout Stagecoach venue. This year’s festival continues Goldenvoice’s excellent run of Stagecoach headliners with Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs. In addition to this year’s incredible lineup, fan favorites Guy Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, the SiriusXM Spotlight Stage and the Honkytonk Dance Hall are also returning to the festival.

As always, the headliners are a “Must Watch”, but we’ve compiled a list of several artists, that we look forward to watching during Stagecoach weekend.

Here’s a list of artists that we believe you “Must Watch”:

Walker County– Sisters Ivy Dene and Sophie Dawn create a unique blend of country music that was inspired by the sounds of middle America, which they group up on. Now having spent years honing their skills, Walker County is ready to carry on the heritage of country music with their modern-traditional blend. Walker County performs on the SiriusXM stage at 2:20pm on Friday

Jordan DavisJordan Davis has been named “Artist to Watch” by Billboard, Rolling Stone, CMT and several other outlets. His hits, “Cool Anymore”, Slow Dance in the Parking Lot” and “Buy Dirt”, have helped Davis accumulate over 2 billion streams worldwide.

Reyna Roberts– With hits like, “Stomping Grounds”, 67 (Winchester), and “Raised Right”; Reyna Roberts is well on her way to super stardom. She is one of our most anticipated artists to watch during Stagecoach weekend.

Travis Denning– Hits like “After a Few”, “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs” and “Red, White and Blue”, have made Travis Denning a fan favorite and one of the most anticipated artists to watch during Stagecoach weekend. His set promises to get the crowd on their feet and singing along, from beginning to end.

Hardy– His latest album “A Rock” is phenomenal!!! Just push play, sit back and enjoy it. We’re looking forward to seeing him live, for the first time.

Lindsay Ell– One of our favorite Bad Ass Women of Country, returns to Stagecoach! If you’ve never seen Lindsay shred on her guitar, LIVE… you’re missing out! She is one of the most talented guitarist we’ve ever seen. Be sure to watch her set… you will not be disappointed

Cody Johnson– Known for his explosive live shows and electrifying stage presence Cody Johnson’s set will be a party from beginning to end. CoJo Nation will be rockin’, singing and dancing on the last night of Stagecoach!

For set times, tickets and other info, check out StagecoachFestival.com

Morgan Wallen Closes Out Record-Setting 3-Night Bridgestone Run with Jason Aldean, Lil Durk and Thomas Rhett

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Just hours after announcing his headlining stadium show set for Arlington, Tex.’s Globe Life Field, Morgan Wallen performed the last of his three consecutive sold-out nights at Bridgestone Arena, part of his 58-show Dangerous Tour. “Run This Town” (Rihanna, Jay-Z, Ye) blared from the speakers before Wallen took the stage, like a walk up song he might have chosen during his baseball career, foreshadowing the night to come.
 
“Man, this is an incredible thing,” Wallen celebrated ahead of ACM Album of the Year title track “Dangerous.” “It’s my home state – the town that I call home now – a town that’s been good to me. I’ve got the majority of my family here tonight.”
 
The at-capacity crowd followed Wallen’s every move and sang word-for-word a smooth sequence of album cuts that followed, from “Silverado For Sale” to “Somebody’s Problem” and the ultimate ode to his Hancock County roots, “865.”
 
Just after performing “Where I Find God” with tourmate Larry Fleet, Wallen welcomed surprise guest Thomas Rhett to the stage for the Rhett-penned Dangerous track, “Whiskey’d My Way.” Then, without missing a beat, the Sneedville, Tennessean gleamingly revealed, “I’ve got another good buddy of mine out here tonight – I bet you’re gonna like this one,” as former tourmate Jason Aldean surprised the crowd with his 2005 breakout hit “Hicktown.”
 
At the top of the encore, Chicago-born rapstar Lil Durk, Wallen’s recent collaborator, thrilled with an appearance as the pair worked the stage throughout their No. 1 debut Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart crossover “Broadway Girls.”
 
As Wallen closed the night he thanked the crowd sincerely, “God bless you, Nashville – these have been three of the best nights of my life.”
 


Remaining 2022 Dangerous Tour stops:
April 14, 2022 — Evansville, IN — Ford Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet
April 15, 2022 — Charleston, WV — Charleston Coliseum — HARDY and Larry Fleet
April 21, 2022 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet
April 22, 2022 — San Antonio, TX — AT&T Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet
April 23, 2022 — Lafayette, LA — CAJUNDOME — HARDY and Larry Fleet
April 28, 2022 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center — ERNEST and Larry Fleet
April 29, 2022 — Des Moines, IA — Wells Fargo Arena — ERNEST and Larry Fleet
April 30, 2022 — Kansas City, MO — T-Mobile Center — ERNEST and Larry Fleet
May 12, 2022 — Denver, CO — Ball Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet
May 13, 2022 — Rapid City, SD — Summit Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet
May 14, 2022 — Billings, MT — First Interstate Arena — HARDY and Larry Fleet
May 27, 2022 — Allentown, PA — PPL Center — HARDY and Larry Fleet
June 2, 2022 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion — HARDY
June 3, 2022 — Raleigh, NC — Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek — HARDY
June 4, 2022 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live — HARDY
June 16, 2022 — Noblesville, IN — Ruoff Music Center — HARDY
June 23, 2022 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion — HARDY
June 24, 2022 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion — HARDY
June 25, 2022 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater — HARDY
July 2, 2022 — Orange Beach, AL — The Wharf Amphitheater — HARDY
July 3, 2022 — Orange Beach, AL — The Wharf Amphitheater — HARDY
July 7, 2022 — Saratoga Springs, NY — Saratoga Performing Arts Center — HARDY
July 8, 2022 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview — HARDY
July 21, 2022 — Burgettstown, PA — The Pavilion at Star Lake — HARDY
July 30, 2022 — Ridgefield, WA — RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater — Chase Rice and ERNEST
August 4, 2022 — Atlanta, GA — Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood — HARDY
August 5, 2022 — Atlanta, GA — Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood — HARDY
August 11, 2022 — Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center — HARDY
August 12, 2022 — Hartford, CT — XFINITY Theatre — HARDY
August 25, 2022 — Wichita, KS — INTRUST Bank Arena — HARDY
August 26, 2022 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP — HARDY
August 27, 2022 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre — HARDY
September 7, 2022 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater — HARDY
September 9, 2022 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center — HARDY
September 10, 2022 — West Valley City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre — HARDY
September 15, 2022 — Chula Vista, CA — North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre — HARDY
September 16, 2022 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre — HARDY
September 17, 2022 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre — HARDY
September 24, 2022 — Los Angeles, CA — Crypto.com Arena — HARDY
September 25, 2022 — Los Angeles, CA — Crypto.com Arena — HARDY

October 8, 2022 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field – HARDY, Mike Ryan and Jake Worthington


MORGAN WALLEN BAND
Morgan Wallen – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Mark “Taco” Annino – Drums/ MD
Luke Rice – Bass
Dominic Frost – Guitar
Tyler Tomlinson – Guitar
Chris Gladden – Aux/ Keys
Tony Aichele – Aux/ Guitar
 
HARDY BAND
HARDY – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Harry Miree – Drums
Rhett Smith – Guitar
Justin Loose – Guitar
 
LARRY FLEET BAND
Larry Fleet – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Eric Harley Brown – Bass
Zander Wyatt – Lead Guitar and Dobro
Steven Metz – Keys
Cam McClaren – Drums

For more information on Morgan Wallen, visit MorganWallen.com

Photo Credit: David Lehr
 

Stagecoach Line Dance Competition Recap

Another year of Stagecoach Line Dancing Competition is in the books, and this year’s competition was another welcome step towards normalcy. Over 25 competitors danced their way into the Stagecoach Festival competition, and at the end a few were offered an opportunity to join the Stagecoach HonkTonk Dance Team. Dancers from across Southern California converged on Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for the two hour competition with dreams of being one of the fortunate four winners.

As in years past, the event DJ was Big John Miller, who provided competitors and guests, current and classic line dance songs, to keep everyone dancing. Big John was also the MC of the event and called out the upcoming songs & dances for the competition.

In a surprising twist to the event, all 8 of the finalists were female, which caused one of the judges to jokingly add, that “the guys need to step their game up, for next year.”

When the final four winners were chosen, tears were shed, hugs were given and dreams were realized. It was an emotional conclusion to an action packed day.

(Video and photos of the event may be viewed on Big John Miller’s Facebook page or on Coachella Valley Country’s Instagram & Facebook pages)

Tickets to Stagecoach Festival can still be purchased from StagecoachFestival.com

Road To Stagecoach Begins Thursdays at Fantasy Springs Casino

Stagecoach Country Music Festival is next month, but the fun of the Stagecoach HonkyTonk has already begun! Every Thursday is Country Night at Lit Lounge, located inside Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino.

Along with great music, live bands, food and drink specials, guests also have an opportunity to win Stagecoach Festival wristbands. Three winners will be selected (one a week) leading up to the Stagecoach Line Dance Competition, which will be held on March 12, inside the Lit Lounge.

At the line dance competition, six winners will be selected by representatives from the Stagecoach HonkyTonk and may be asked to join the HonkyTonk Dance Team.

Dates and Details of the event can be found at StagecoachFestival.com

It’s PARDI TIME!!!

On March 18, Jon Pardi’s tour will make a stop at Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino. The evening promises to be a lively event full of Pardi’s hits, like Heartache Medication and Ain’t Always The Cowboy. The following is an excerpt from Jon Pardi’s website.

The snarl in his voice sets the tone for Jon Pardi’s California Sunrise. He’s a traditional country singer, bred in the West Coast honky tonks, and he won’t apologize for chasing the dream on his own terms.

It might be considered contemporary cool to inject country songs with programmed drums, rap phrasing and poppy melodies. But Pardi isn’t worried about what’s trendy. He’s more concerned with making country music that will last, and California Sunrise successfully hits that target. It’s stocked with classic Nashville melody, blue-collar lyrical themes and authentic country instrumentation – real drums, loud-and-proud fiddles and tangy steel guitar. The album’s 12 songs draw a direct link to such forbearers as Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Marty Stuart, and it’s intentional.

“There’s a growing audience for throwback,” Pardi says. “People want to hear somebody who really enjoyed the ‘90s country music era and brings that to 2016 country. A lot of this record is bringing an old-school flare back to a mainstream sound, but that gives me my own lane.”

Pardi established that lane with his 2014 debut, Write You a Song, a rough-and-rowdy project that made him familiar to the suddenly-hip country crowd, thanks to his Top 10 party song “Up All Night.” The music oozed with youthful brashness and longneck longing, and Pardi drew a raucous following, increasingly selling out 1,000-2,000 ticket clubs, sometimes out-performing higher-profile country acts playing across town the same night.

In fact, as Pardi began adding material from the new album into the set, he was shocked at the passion with which the music was consumed. As he played unreleased songs from California Sunrise, he discovered fans were already singing back the music verbatim – even the verses – having learned the songs from YouTube postings of earlier concerts. They’re ready for Jon Pardi, and he knows exactly what they need.

“I’ve been hitting the road steady for four years,” he says. “I’ve learned more about what the radio stations want, and I’ve learned what the fans want. It’s a whole different perspective on your second record, and I kind of took that perspective and put it into the 30-year-old me that loves recording music and loves writing.”

The result is a creative step forward. It’s not a left turn, necessarily, but there’s a clearer focus to Pardi’s vocal performances and a smart brew of sexy romance, western fashion and all-American work ethic that permeates California Sunrise. “Head Over Boots,” his ultra-melodic two-steppin’ radio hit, hints at the attitude with its playful proclamations and Texas dancehall influence. But there’s plenty more throughout the project: ragged barroom rhythms in the opening “Out Of Style,” Strait-like overtones on the ballad “She Ain’t In It,” a Motown cowboy romp in “Heartache On The Dance Floor” and a breezy, Eagle-esque country/rock closure with the title track. As invested as he is in throwback appreciation, Pardi is clearly not a one-dimensional dude.

“It’s a very diverse album,” he notes. “You can listen to ‘She Ain’t In It’ and you can listen to another song, and they sound like they should be put together in an album, but they’re completely different.”

The unifying thread, of course, is Pardi’s artistry, a blend of that crackling, masculine voice with irresistible musical taste and a working-man spirit that’s at the heart of his being. Pardi is a native of the Golden State, but he’s no Hollywood Hills golden child. He’s a middle-class son of a Northern California construction boss, a kid who – like most kids – tried to figure out the shortcuts, only to learn from the old man the value of putting in the time to finish the job the right way.

“My dad was a super-hard worker,” Pardi explains. “Now as a grown man I really appreciate that. The area I’m from is really blue-collar, agricultural, everybody’s working, everybody’s doing something in construction, something in farming. Everybody’s just working hard. When I go back, there’s that pride there that’s like this made me who I am.”

The work started at age 14. He did a short stint at a grocery store before progressing to grunt work at a Ford dealership, to ranch work and, later, to operating heavy machinery.“Not everybody knows how to swing a framing hammer,” he says. “I’ve had to teach a friend how to swing a hammer. It’s really all about living and learning.”

Pardi wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, but he mostly wanted to wrap them around a guitar. He started writing songs by the age of 12 and was in his first band at 14. By 19, he knew Nashville was in his future. Once he arrived in Music City, there was more conventional work to keep him going – he was a lifeguard at a public pool for a time – but he found his way into Nashville’s songwriting community, where he applied some of the same skills he’d learned at his father’s dusty feet.

“Surround yourself with great people is a great thing to have in your mind for life,” he says. “Find the best people to work with. You can learn a lot.”

Among the key people he learned from is songwriter Brice Long, who co-wrote such trad-country pieces as Randy Houser’s ballad “Anything Goes” and Gary Allan’s #1 single “Nothing On But The Radio.”

“Brice is always saying, ‘Just keep doing what you’re doing, don’t worry about everyone else,’” Pardi notes. “You need those kind of guys that have hits on the radio telling you that.”

Pardi became particularly close with songwriter Bart Butler, whose successes include Thomas Rhett’s “Make Me Wanna” and Bobby Pinson’s “Don’t Ask Me How I Know.” Butler not only became a frequent co-writer, he also emerged as Pardi’s co-producer, someone who’s able to handle the detail parts of the gig but also to assist Pardi in expressing his own creative voice.

“We’ve stayed true to Jon’s soul, even though we knew that may be a risk,” Butler says. “We still feel like country music with twin fiddles or musicians doing a steel solo can compete in the market today.”

Indeed, “Head Over Boots” – the first single from California Sunrise – became Pardi’s fastest-rising single to date, thanks to its buoyant melody and incessant optimism. Pulling from that same upbeat viewpoint, Sunrise makes multiple allusions to fashion through such titles as “Head Over Boots,” the bouncy “Dirt On My Boots” and the suggestive “Cowboy Hat.” The latter finds a young buck in a countrified take on the Tom Jones/Joe Cocker title “Leave Your Hat On,” keyed by the memorable line “Can’t resist you in that Resistol.” There’s a workman-like ethic embedded in the sweaty “Night Shift” and the pounding “Paycheck.” And there’s an innate sexiness throughout.

Pardi delivers it all with increasing authority. He introduced that confidence in Write You a Song, but he takes it another step on California, owing to the additional experience he picked up in the interim as an opening act at arenas and amphitheaters for Dierks Bentley and Alan Jackson.

“A vocal cord is like a muscle – if you work it out, it’s gonna get better,” Pardi suggests. “It’s like going to the gym and doing push ups and sit ups, and now it’s just my voice kind of growing up.”

As is his artistry. Pardi wrote a bulk of the songs on California Sunrise, but he was more than willing to consider material from other Nashville songwriters. He discovered a bevy of tunes that had been overlooked in the rush for synthetic productions from some of his contemporaries. He used mostly the same band that backed him on the first album, and they were invested in both the music and Pardi.

“It was like the Blues Brothers – ‘We’re getting the band back together!’” Pardi says with a laugh. “We got all seven of them in the room, and there was just a spark.”

The whole ensemble was able to hone in on the core of Jon Pardi, that California, working-class kid who still finds inspiration in the unfettered sound of a dancehall guitar. It’s snarling, hard country for a new generation, a throwback sound to an energized audience that sees it as moving forward.

Ushered into the world on the same label that launched Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Pardi has found a whole chain of believers in his mission: the dedicated band behind him, the foot-stomping fans with cold beers at the foot of the stage, and a label that knows Pardi’s “throwback” sound is really made for these times.

“Everybody wants to play at an arena and headline it, and I’m not gonna lie – that’s one of my goals,” Pardi says. “Capitol is always the first to remind me that it’s a marathon and not a sprint.”

Those people who already know the words to his songs even before they’re released are evidence that he’s not just running the race. Jon Pardi is winning.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Fantasy Springs box office or on JonPardi.com.

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The Stagecoach Dance Competition Is BACK!!!

After taking last year off, the highly anticipated Stagecoach Line Dance Competition, is back at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.  On Saturday, March 12, individuals will be able to compete for a chance to win a 3-day General admission wristband, to Stagecoach, California’s Country Music Festival.   This competition is held throughout southern California, at different locations and dates, with the final competition being held in the city of Indio.  Not only will dancers be competing for a 3-day wristband, but they’ll also have the opportunity, to be selected to join the Stagecoach HonkyTonk Dance Team.

All individuals interested in competing must dance three line dances and three couples dances.  An individual’s partner, does not have to be entered in the contest to accompany a contestant during the couples dances.  This year’s individual line dances will be “Lil Bit”, “Half Past Tipsy” and “Raised Like That” and the couple’s dances will be “Two Step”, “Sweetheart Schottishe” and “El Paso Cha Cha”.  Since winners of the competition may be offered an opportunity to join the Stagecoach HonkTonk Dance Team, judges will not only be looking for individuals that are performing the dance accurately, but also for dancers with flare and showmanship.

Locally, our dance competition will be held at Lit Lounge in Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.  DJ Big John Miller will be spinning the latest country music hits before, during, and after the competition.  Registration is from 4:30pm-6pm and the dance competition will begin at 6pm.   All individuals in attendance will also have the opportunity to win various prizes, courtesy of KPLM The BIG 106 and they’ll be able to enjoy food and drink specials throughout the evening.

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