LISTEN: Jon Pardi And Luke Bryan Team Up For New Duet, ‘Cowboys and Plowboys’
The toe-tapping collab is being shipped to country radio on Monday, Oct. 16.
Jon Pardi; Photo by CMA, Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jon Pardi and Luke Bryan teamed up to release “Cowboys and Plowboys,” a collaboration that celebrates the artists’ lifestyles as cowboys and farmers while also pointing out that they’re more alike than they are different.
The much-anticipated track arrived on Friday (Oct. 13) after Pardi and Bryan teased it on social media earlier in the week. Infused with traditional country production, including a fiddle, “Cowboys and Plowboys” is filled with top-tapping country charm.
“I wear a 20X American hat/ A gold buckle from a rodeo,” Pardi sings in the opening lines. Then Bryan chimes in, “I wear a dusty old co-op cap/ Make my livin’ on them old turn rows.”
The artists point out their preferred modes of transportation, a quarter horse and a tractor, as well as their go-to libations, whiskey and a beer, before joining together on the chorus.
“Cowboys and plowboys/ Just some good old small town boys/ Both make the world go ’round boys/ Boy, ain’t that the truth?/ Yeah, we got different roots, we wear different boots/ But we ain’t that different when the day is through/ So, here’s to the cowboys and plowboys like me and you/ Just like me and you,” they sing.
Given the nature of the song, some may assume that Pardi and Bryan co-wrote the tune, however, it was written by Rhett Akins, Jacob Rice and Cole Taylor. Nevertheless, it’s as if the track was written with the two artists in mind. They took it and made it their own and it will undoubtedly be a massive hit. “Cowboys and Plowboys” is officially being shipped to country radio on Monday, October 16.
“I Can’t Wait For People To Hear It”
As two artists with history together, collaborating was a no-brainer.
“I’ve always looked up to Luke as a songwriter and an artist, and he’s a great friend. We’ve been on tour together and he’s been someone that has inspired me along the way and always had my back. We’ve been excited to put this song out for a long time, and I can’t wait for people to hear it,” Pardi shared.
Bryan added, “When the writers sent this song I couldn’t stop listening to it and I’m so glad it worked out for Pardi to be the one I got to sing it with. He is one of the most genuine artists I know. What you see is truly what you get and I respect what he continues to build.”
Follows The Release Of Mr. Saturday Night
“Cowboys and Plowboys” is the first new single from Jon Pardi since the release of his latest album, Mr. Saturday Night. The California native is in the midst of his Mr. Saturday Night Tour in support of the project. The North American leg kicked off in Knoxville, TN, and will next head to Brookings, SD, Omaha, NE, and St. Louis, MO starting October 19th.
Next up, Pardi will be inducted as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry on October 24. He will become the first native Californian to become a member of the Opry. This comes ahead of the Christmas album, Merry Christmas From Jon Pardi, on October 27.
Meanwhile, Luke Bryan is set to host “The 57th Annual CMA Awards” alongside NFL legend Peyton Manning. Next year, he will return to American Idol with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will return as celebrity judges for their seventh season on ABC’s American Idol.
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.