Jon Pardi Receives Golden Surprise On Sacramento Tour Stop

Dierks Bentley and UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan surprise Jon Pardi with a Gold plaque for California Sunrise. Photo Credit: Zachary Belcher

Jon Pardi received a surprise last Saturday night (Aug. 19) during his Sacramento What the Hell World Tour stop with Dierks Bentley when Bentley and Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan brought him back out onstage following his set. The two presented Pardi with a plaque acknowledging the gold certification of his sophomore album California Sunrise. The moment was doubly special for Pardi as it took place in front of a hometown crowd, who showed their pride in the Dixon local with boisterous cheering, toasting and a raucous chant of “PARDI! PARDI! PARDI!”

“That was definitely a surprise, and for it to be acknowledged in front of a hometown crowd of 18,000 in Northern California, amongst my friends and family and early supporters, made it an emotional moment,” said Pardi. “I will never forget it.”

California Sunrise includes Pardi’s back-to-back No. 1s, the Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots,” and the three-week No. 1, “Dirt On My Boots,” along with his current single climbing country radio’s Top 10, “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”

Pictured (L-R): UMG Nashville’s CEO & Chairman Mike Dungan, Jon Pardi. Photo: Nolan Feldpausch


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