Jon Pardi cleans up well.
The country music artist, who is known for his traditional garb — Wrangler jeans, pearl-snap Western shirts, cowboy hats and boots — also has a penchant for dressing up. At the recent 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association awards, he donned a custom-made burgundy jacket with leather detailing and embellishments that he wore over a black shirt with skinny black pants. And although he left the hat at home, he still wore his trademark boots. Pardi is busy traveling around the country on his first headlining tour, the All Time High Tour, with Brothers Osborne, which also serves to promote his new album, “California Sunrise.” The album includes Pardi’s first number-one single, “Head Over Boots.” WWD caught up with the 31-year-old California native before his show at Terminal 5 with Kip Moore last week to talk music and fashion.
WWD: Tell me about the outfit you wore to the Country Music Awards.
JON PARDI: We had a custom jacket made. I wore black pants that we’d used with previous suits, so we just kind of put it all together because it gets expensive. It was cool; it was a pretty burgundy with leather.
WWD: Do you like getting dressed up?
J.P.: I love getting dressed up. But if you’re going to dress up, you’ve got to go big. That means it has to have rhinestones. I really like cowboy, but when it’s time to dress up, watch out: the rhinestones come out.
WWD: You’re playing tonight with Kip Moore, who has a lot more of a rocker style than you do. How did that come about?
J.P.: We’re still country artists and he’s been a good buddy on the road and we like playing shows with him. We’re all one big family here and we can support each other. If it’s oil and water, who cares; we just have a good time. The fans don’t seem to care.
WWD: You have your own headlining tour but now you’re sharing the spotlight with this crazy guy.
J.P.: I like crazy people. They’re my favorite.