Here’s the story: I had enjoyed listening to country music on the radio in the 90’s, when one of my favorite baseball players got me listening to Randy Travis. I soon loved his music along with other great, real country artists like Alan Jackson, George Strait, Clay Walker, Alabama, Pam Tillis, Ricky Van Shelton, Neal McCoy, et cetera. Then the radio stations started playing too much non-country and I stopped listening to them for a long while. I had the good stuff, so why not just pop in a CD instead of subjecting myself to non-music? Very recently – this winter of 2018 – I decided to give country radio another try, just in case they had decided to play some real music again. And guess what I heard? 🙂 Yes! 🙂 They were playing some truly good stuff again. 😎 (I don’t believe that all of what they’re playing is true country, but it’s more evened out now, anyway.) The song that stood out most to me was “Dirt on My Boots”; I immediately recognized its greatness and knew it would sound awesome live! 🙂 Finding out who sang it and then watching footage on YouTube soon followed. Real country. So cool to hear him say he wants to do good stuff similar to the 90’s – the very decade I most enjoyed the rockin’ soul of country music sound! 🙂 😎 No wonder I love Jon Pardi’s music! 🙂 He knows what sounds good and he delivers. 😎 Keeping the good music going, playing what he knows is good. I like it that he goes for the upbeat sound; that’s my kind of music. 😎
Time to review this supercool, super-country song, “Dirt on My Boots” by Jon Pardi! 😎 (Album: California Sunrise. Released: June 17, 2016. Label: Capitol Records Nashville.) And here we go! 😀
It starts off with the voice of the fiddle – a pure country fiddle that draws you into the song from the barest sound of that first note, musically pulling you in as the bow is drawn across the strings. 😎 Yes, if you know the song like I do, that takes place in the first second of the track. 😎 More than three minutes remaining in this song filled with musical satisfaction. 😎
The other instruments join in as the time hits right on the one-second mark. 😎 It immediately sounds really cool; you know you are hearing something great already. It’s got a deep yet laid-back sound to it, perking you up and settling you down comfortably at the same time. It catches your interest and assures your ears that you are in for a great country song. 🙂
Twelve seconds in and the fiddle sings a happy, upbeat tune, announcing the approaching vocals of Jon Pardi. His voice is the best instrument yet and by his tone and style, he sets the stage for this song, telling it like it is with authenticity. 😎 He’s been up since the crack of dawn, earning his pay in the 100+ degree heat with no shade to be found. He knows exactly how much work he has left in this workday then he’s shutting that tractor down. A half hour after that, having gotten cleaned up some from his rough day at work in the fields, he’s going to go pick up his girlfriend for a date of dancing. 🙂
And here comes that supercool chorus! He might have a little dirt on his boots, but he’s taking her uptown tonight. And he may have a little mud on his wheels, but they’re going to shine with her up inside. 😎 Great lyrics delivered excellently. 😎 I love the distinct way Jon Pardi sings “got-a-little”; it’s really cool, sounds good. 😎 He sings about how they’re going to dance the dust right off those boots.
The instruments are played great on the album and, as with Jon Pardi’s singing, it’s even more powerful in concert. 😎 He plays guitar with strength, a comfortable ease and is great to watch. 😎 Most of the performances I’ve seen (thanks again to all of the fans who share concert footage on YouTube so we can all see it! 🙂 ) featured the supercool drumming of Mitch White. What great style, power and smooth precision! If you watched him play the song (any song), but couldn’t physically hear him, you could still “hear” it just by watching his movements. He’s one of the drummers I most enjoy watching. 😎 During this summer, Kevin Murphy started playing the drums, and, as a drum enthusiast, I immediately recognized his strong talent. He seemed to be enjoying it, too. 🙂 I miss seeing and hearing Mitch. I always have room in my heart for more good drummers, so I welcome Kevin, too. 😉 🙂 Solid drumming. 😎 Lee brings that essential bass groove to the music. 😎 Terry Lee plays supercool guitar. 😎 Billy makes his fiddle to sing. 😎 Andy really brings it with his steel guitar work. 😎 Great band, The All-Nighters. 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎 (There’s a “cool” smiley for each of you. 😉 )
“Got a little dirt on my boots!” As Jon Pardi finishes up that chorus, he sings out a hearty, “Yeah, Girl!” that fits perfectly and is one of my favorite parts. 😎
The second verse goes a little deeper. 😎 He sings to the girl in the song that he’s worked really hard that day, but he’s going to put even more into loving on her. (Terry Lee’s guitar does a really cool thing right here. 😎 ) He’s going to spin her all around that dance floor. When she’s ready to go, he will take her back to her place. The music brings it down here, as it did at this point in the previous verse – really cool. He assures her she needn’t worry – he’ll kick his dirty boots off on the porch when they get there. 🙂
Supercool chorus! 🙂 😎 The drums really hit it. 😎
Coming up on two minutes, the instrumental section starts sizzlin’, really rockin’ it good, then winds down to this really cool tempo by the drummer. 😎 And now we’re at the final verse of this supercool song.
The third verse goes deeper yet. 😎 A cool play on words – since there’s actual dirt on the boots – as he sings in his wonderfully-timbered voice, “A little dirty dancin’, blue-collar romancin’.” He notes that he can get cleaned up if she wants him to, but – here he gives a tug to his collar and cuffs – “I can only get so fancy!” Love that part! 😀 😎 😎 He sings it with such great delivery; it’s supercool. I looked forward to this part every time it came to it on the radio when I was first hearing it. And I still do. The entire song sounds great, but this part, the way he sang it, really added to the song and made me want to go buy it. And I did. 🙂 I love listening to it! 🙂
The final chorus continues the strong, solid, rockin’ real country music that this song (and all of Jon Pardi’s music) is filled with from start to finish. The song never lacks, never eases up on its power, never loses its appeal. It’s lively, good and entirely enjoyable. Great song. Great band. Great artist. Great for country music. Keepin’ it real and true. Keepin’ it live and genuine. Keepin’ it with heart and authenticity. Thank you! 🙂
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