Jon Pardi’s ‘Ain’t Always The Cowboy’ Is Pure Country Gold

As the anticipation for the September 27 release of Jon Pardi’s new album, Heartache Medication, continues to build, the California native…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 21, 2019


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Jon Pardi; Photo by Jim Wright

As the anticipation for the September 27 release of Jon Pardi’s new album, Heartache Medication, continues to build, the California native is giving fans another taste of new music with the release of “Ain’t Always The Cowboy.”

Written by Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson, “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” is as country as it gets.

A tip of the hat to George Strait’s 1985 hit “The Cowboy Rides Away,” “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” assures listeners the man isn’t always the one who ends relationship. Sometimes, it’s the woman with a “tumbleweed heart.”

“It ain’t always the cowboy / That ain’t got a lot of hang around / Ain’t got no settle down in their boots / Gone’s just what they do / That restless, runnin’, searchin’ for somethin’ / Leavin’ love in the dust of a midnight Chevrolet / It ain’t always the cowboy that rides away,” Pardi sings throughout the chorus.

In a post shared to his Facebook page, Pardi dedicated the track to “all the women out there chasing their dreams.”

Pardi plans to continue to release one song a month ahead of the September 27 release of Heartache Medication. Fans can pre-order or pre-save the album HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.