Jon Pardi “The B-Sides, 2011 – 2014 EP” Review

I’m fairly new to Jon Pardi. I saw him open for Alan Jackson in February and was drawn to the high energy set. I purchased the Write You A Song album and the electricity is there as well. Jon Pardi has an unapologetic sound that’s a breath of fresh air. Absent are slick, over produced ballads and bro-country standards. That goes for the full album as well as The B-Sides, 2011-2014 EP.

Fightin’ the Fool- a nice opener that’s a bit of rocker. It draws you in but the best is yet to come.

Over My Head- has a nice groovy hook to it.

Drinkin’ With Me- is an upbeat song that reminds me of something from the ’50s.

Back On the Backroads- this is cool song about going out partying in the middle of nowhere. Every now and then in Jon Pardi‘s songs I hear a dash of Alan Jackson and this song is one of them.

Rainy Night Song- On the Write You A Song album I wondered why there were no ballads, but it’s right here. I don’t know why they left it off because it’s a great, simple country ballad.

Borrowed Time- this such an amazing song that I would hate for people to miss out on it. On the slower side, it’s about living life to the fullest with no regrets.

I think any of these songs would have held up well against any that did make it on Write You A Song. These aren’t throw away tracks in the slightest! I think it was a case of just having too many songs to pick from. 

I can’t wait to see what Jon Pardi does next. Hopefully it’s a shot in the arm to country music because it’s needed. In a truly honest way Jon Pardi is country without trying to prove it. He lets the music do the talking.