The Six-Word Text Luke Bryan Sent Jon Pardi

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When Luke Bryan announced that he’d be adding stadiums and ballparks to his What Makes You Country tour, he also added some opening acts.

And I asked one of them — Jon Pardi — how that works. Like do Bryan’s people call Pardi’s people? Maybe it’s like that in other genres, but in country, where all the artists seem like one big happy family, it can be a very simple invitation. A phone call, even. But in Pardi’s case, it was just a text message.

“Luke just sent me a text. It was just, ’Man, you wanna go on tour?’ I was like, ’Yeah,'” Pardi told me. “Everybody’s really excited. Because me and Luke, we go way back. We’re buddies. I met Luke in 2011, when we were playing little 1,000-1,500 seat theaters.”

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