Dixon native Jon Pardi was named the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year at the annual awards show on Wednesday night, the latest honor in a two-year ascent into the Nashville elite.
Pardi’s album “California Sunrise” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard hot country charts last year, thanks to hit singles “Dirt On My Boots,” “Heartache On The Dance Floor” and “Head Over Boots.”
Brett Young, Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs and Old Dominion were all also finalists for New Artist of the Year. “Dirt On My Boots” was also nominated for Single of the Year, but lost out to Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
Pardi, 32, will perform at Golden 1 Center on Feb. 8 as part of Miranda Lambert’s “Livin’ Like Hippies” tour. Lambert won CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year on Wednesday and was a finalist for Single of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
After getting his start at the Dixon May Fair and Butte County dive bars, Pardi has returned to play in Northern California several times since making it big, including an August show at Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland.