Jon Pardi on His Dad's Elk Tacos, His New Album, and More on Biscuits & Jam

Sid Evans
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About Biscuits & Jam: In the South, talking about food is personal. It’s a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living, will sit down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they’ve been shaped by Southern culture. Sid will take us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.

Episode 24: December 1, 2020

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Jon Pardi is a native of Dixon, California, near Sacramento. But his style of country music revels in the old-school charm of Nashville. Since his breakout year in 2017, where he took home ACM and CMA awards for Best New Male Vocalist and Best New Artist, Jon has been making his mark with top-notch songwriting and a huge personality: CMT recently aired his digital-variety series called ​Pardi Time​, showing Jon’s no-holds-barred home-life, and songs like the title track from his latest album, ​Heartache Medication​, are a great example of his relatable characters and witty storytelling.

On the Cook in the Family

“My mom is definitely the cook. ​But my dad's also a really good cook too. So it was my mom and my dad.”

On His Favorite Food Growing Up

“Basically my mom's food. She likes to use a lot of butter. I try to get her off of that...You know, you don’t have to use so much butter these days, but she's just got her recipes. Her chicken enchiladas are good. Chicken and dumplings are good. She always made good tacos. And my dad makes great elk tacos.”

On His Grandmother’s Influence

“Her name was Loretta… ​My grandmother loved country music. That's all she listened to. So when I was a little kid, that's all we listened to ​and I loved it to​o…My grandma was not a great singer. She just loved to sing and entertain. I just kind of caught on from that and from listening to the great music that she would play, from Merle Haggard to Randy Travis, to George Strait, Alan Jackson. She loved Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Waylon Jennings.”

On Nashville

“I've been in Nashville for 12 years and I love Nashville. I always say I grew up in Nashville.”

On His New Album

​“It's a tough year for all of us. And I think Heartache Medication has all kinds of ​good feel good in there… I love that record.”

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