Pardi putting fiddles to use

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country traditionalist Jon Pardi is kicking off his third album just the way he likes his country music — with a fiddle intro.

Pardi, whose 2016 album, “California Sunrise,” shot him to the top of the country album chart, is releasing “Heartache Medication” on June 3, a classic honky-tonk-style song that’s the first single from an album of the same name to be released Sept. 27.

“When I wrote that song, I knew the fiddle was going to count it off and we’re going to have a fiddle intro,” the 34-year-old Pardi told The Associated Press.

“The first fiddle intro ever on country radio since Alan Jackson,” he said with a laugh.

“Heartache Medication” is also the name of a headlining tour he’ll kick off Oct. 1 and 2 at the Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music.

Pardi, a California native, won best new artist at the Country Music Association Awards in 2017 due to songs like “Dirt on My Boots” and “Head Over Boots,” both multi-platinum singles.

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