Jon Pardi Surprises Fans With Some Classic Favorites On New ‘Rancho Fiesta Sessions’

Jon Pardi took a detour into some cover fun on a surprise album he released last week, the Rancho Fiesta Sessions. The eight-song project features Pardi’s renditions of some of the tunes he is both inspired by and loves performing from artists ranging from Merle Haggard and George Strait to Prince.

Produced by Pardi, the new album was recorded live during a one-night live jam session with his touring band from his home base in Nashville, “Rancho Fiesta.” Among the favorites he included on the collection are country classics “Marina Del Rey,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” and “Honky Tonk Man.”

“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,” said Pardi. “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 also added, “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.”


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



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