Jon Pardi Is Keepin’ It Country With Alan Jackson

“When I’ve Been Drinkin’” Singer Hits the Road With Country Music Icon

We hear you, Jon Pardi. If we were spending the winter and spring on the road with Alan Jackson, we’d be pretty danged pumped, too.

Jackson kicked off his 25th anniversary Keepin’ It Country tour in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday night (Jan. 8). Just like you’d expect, it went swimmingly — especially for Pardi, one of the tour’s openers, who is fully aware that opportunities like this one don’t come along every day.

“It’s a big deal,” Pardi said in a recent interview provided by his record label. “I’m very happy and kind of amazed that I got this slot, even chosen to be on it.”

Yes, that modesty is endearing, but I have to say, I’m not surprised. In fact, Pardi’s presence on this tour shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s a fan of the California cowboy. He’s making major waves with his distinctive voice, catchy songs, wildly-entertaining stage presence and one-of-a-kind charm and wit.

In other words, Pardi is just about perfect, in my book. And his star is only going to continue to rise.

And, let’s face it, a little assist from a tour with an icon like Jackson can only help.

“It’s a real honor,” he said. “I’m just glad to be out here celebrating the 25th anniversary of Alan Jackson.”

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Brandy Clark is also joining them on the trek, which pulls into Tampa for a Friday night show. The tour runs through May when it will ride off into the Denver sunset at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.