One of the hardest things for any country fan to decide is which one of George Strait’s dozens of hits is their favorite. Just take a moment and review your favorites — “The Fireman,” “The Cowboy Rides Away,” “Check Yes or No,” “Amarillo by Morning” and “Unwound” all come to mind.

You know a guy is a real George Strait aficionado when he digs a little deeper in the catalog for one of his more obscure No. 1 hits.

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That’s why newcomer Jon Pardi has us so excited with his new cover of Strait’s 1986 chart-topper, “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her.” It turns out this one was a favorite of Jon’s grandmother, who turned him on to a lot of good country music thanks to her extensive cassette tape collection.

Jon just posted the performance in connection with the release of his sophomore album, “California Sunrise.”

He says, “When I think of country artists that have heavily influenced my career path and who I aspire to be, George Strait comes to mind immediately. Here’s a cover of one of my favorites.”

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Between this George Strait cover and Jon’s latest hit, “Head Over Boots,” we’re thinking country music in good hands with Jon Pardi.

You can see Jon on the road all summer long. He’s got a show at the world-famous Troubadour in West Hollywood, California coming up June 29.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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