“I feel like everybody wants to be Mr. Saturday Night at one point on the weekend and have a good time,” Pardi shared with MusicRow. “But then you hear the song and—the way it’s so well written—it’s a sad song, but you don’t go there right away, because it’s also a fun song. That’s the thing about ‘Mr. Saturday Night,’ it’s more than meets the eye. It’s all fun until you get to the chorus.”
Pardi’s last album, Heartache Medication, earned nominations for ACM and CMA Album of the Year, so it’s no surprise that he teamed up with Bart Butler and Ryan Gore again to produce Mr. Saturday Night. Although he co-wrote five of the 14 tracks, Pardi also pulled in some heavy-hitting songwriters like Rhett Akins, Luke Laird, and Ashley Gorley to round out the robust album.
But, this is just the beginning of the Mr. Saturday Night era. The “Head Over Boots” singer told Country Countdown USA that the project will continue into 2023 with a deluxe version of the album that will include a collaboration with Luke Bryan.
“I’m gonna drop a little hint that the Mr. Saturday Night Deluxe version coming out next year will have Luke Bryan on it,” revealed Pardi. “I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a very country song. When we recorded it, he said to me, ‘You might make the traditional people like me now, because it’s country.’ It’s one of my favorites, and it was meant for me & Luke to sing. It’s not about a girl, but it’s about hard work. I think it’s gonna be a big song.”
Pardi is currently on his Ain’t Always the Cowboy Tour with Lainey Wilson and Hailey Whitters, which runs through October 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jonpardi.com/tour.