Jon Pardi Covers George Strait, Joe Diffie & More On Surprise Album, ‘Rancho Fiesta Sessions’

Jon Pardi pays tribute to several of his heroes on his just-released surprise album, Rancho Fiesta Sessions. The eight-song project was…


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August 14, 2020


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Jon Pardi; Photo by Jim Wright

Jon Pardi pays tribute to several of his heroes on his just-released surprise album, Rancho Fiesta Sessions.

The eight-song project was produced by Pardi and recording during a one night only jam session with his touring band at his home hangout in Nashville, “Rancho Fiesta.” The album features covers of a variety of artists, including George Strait, the late Joe Diffie, Tom Petty and Dwight Yoakam.

“All these covers are of artists that I admire and I look up to. There are all kinds of great names and styles of songs on here- from legends. I think the magic and the fun of it is all is in these eight covers of songs that I really like, or grew up singing,” the CMA and ACM award-winning artist shared.

He admits they didn’t intentionally plan on releasing anything from their session that night, but hopes it will bring fans a bit of comfort while live shows are off the table for the foreseeable future.

“It’s all my band on this whole album. We mainly did it to have fun and record, and it sounds like we’re in your backyard, playing for you,” he said. “I hope the fans really have fun when they listen to it, and they enjoy it and turn it up. This one was for the fans, to let them hear something different… songs you may have heard before, but haven’t heard them like this. It  turned into something special because it’s a year where we are off the road, and we recorded it live in real time, out at my house.”

Pardi’s neo-traditional country sound lends perfectly to these songs as he gives new life to eight fan favorites. Click HERE to listen.

Rancho Fiesta Sessions Track List:

“The Bottle Let Me Down” – As performed by Merle Haggard
“Honky Tonk Man” – As performed by Dwight Yoakam
“Right or Wrong” – As performed by George Strait
“Marina Del Rey” – As performed by George Strait
“Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” – As performed by Joe Diffie
“Somebody’s Doin’ Me Right” – As performed by Keith Whitley
“The Waiting” – As performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Nothing Compares 2 U” – As performed by Prince

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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.