The woman in Jon Pardi’s “Ain’t Always the Cowboy”… and more!

Jon Pardi’s music video for “Ain’t Always the Cowboy” compliments the song very well, which is very important. There’s nothing worse than a music video that ruins the song for the listener/viewer. Of course, fans would expect nothing less from the country singer who seems to hit a homerun with every song and video.

Getting right to the details of this video, the woman featured here is Jessica Holmberg. If you thought she looked comfortable on the horse, it’s because she’s very comfortable on a horse. Jessica is a barrel racer in Texas.

Jessica may be from Texas, but the video was shot a few states over… Tucson, Arizona.

Jessica’s character has a love interest who is played by model Brian Patrick Harris. Finding info on him is proving to be difficult but so far I’ve discovered him with a very different look on a professional make-up website here.

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Now this next piece of info cannot be confirmed so it’s just my opinion, but it looks like the part of “boyfriend” in this video is played by Brian Patrick Harris (as mentioned above) and… drum roll please… Jessica’s husband, singer/songwriter Jarrod Morris. Check out the man in the bed and compare him to the man at the end (Brian). They look similar… very similar. Thoughts? Maybe it’s just the lighting and how similar the two guys look in real life that’s throwing me off.

If this is the case, that Jessica’s husband plays the part of “bed boyfriend,” I’d guess it was Jessica’s decision to not be in bed (even in an acting scene) with a man who isn’t her husband. As I said, none of this is confirmed, just a hunch!

The video was directed by Carlos Ruiz, who has directed most of Jon Pardi’s music videos, and done a great job with each. He’s definitely got an eye for the visuals that fit the idea of Jon Pardi’s music very well. See Heartache Medication and Heartache on the Dance Floor.

The Dodge Ram has a “Mayse” license plate which appears to represent Mayse Automotive Group out of Aurora, Missouri.

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Check out these folks on their socials and be sure to give them some love! Thanks for stopping by. If you have more info to share about this video, feel free to comment below.

Jessica Holmberg Twitter

Jessica Holmberg Instagram

Jarrod Morris website

Carlos Ruiz website

-Out of the Wilderness

Rap Music vs. Country Music, polar opposites

I’ve believed the following statement for more than a decade, but for some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever written about it. I’ll preface the idea with these two truths:

  1. I love music, all kinds.
  2. This is neither a slam for rap or country music, just an observation.

OK, are you ready? Well first, if you have time, and let’s face it, we ALL have time #coronavirus …check out a brand new rap video that’s already nearing a million views, followed by a country music video with over 1.5 million views…

So after watching these music videos, do you agree or disagree with this thought:

Country music is about who we (the listeners) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re just like us.

Rap music is about who they (the artists) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re not just like us.

To expand on that a little, I believe most of country music (of course, there are exceptions) is driven by lyrics that show the commonalities we have as humans. The singer is saying, I am just like you. It’s why the cliches of singing about a dying dog, divorce, or drinking beers even exists. You can have someone like Luke Bryan who has a net worth of $140,000,000 singing about relaxing or partying on a beach like those of us with a net worth of <$140,000,000 like to do. In reality, Luke’s lifestyle is a lot different than the common person, yet he wants us to think he’s just like us.

In rap music (and just like country music, there are exceptions to this), the lyrics are driven by fame and fortune, to put it simply. Just using the “You Know You Lit” video from earlier in this post, the line “Balenciaga, got like 10 pairs,” shows the difference in perspective. I had to look it up, Balenciaga shoes make the Air Jordan 11 Retro’s look like a bargain. Hundreds of dollars for one pair! There are many other rap songs that ultimate say, You want to be like me. Whatever the net worth of these artists are, they want you to believe they wipe their buts with hundred dollar bills. In other words, envy them because they have what we all want.

I’m guessing reality is bit less glamorous than these rap artists want us to believe, and perhaps for the country artist, more glamorous than we know. What are your thoughts about this? If you have insight or opinions, share in the comments below! Until then… Gucci, Gucci, Gucci!

-Out of the Wilderness

Did The Bachelor jump the shark?

Just a quick Twitter check and I immediately realized I wasn’t the only one ticked off about the path the producers of this show decided to take in last night’s episode featuring a date with Peter and Victoria F. The lengths they’ll go through for drama/ratings/making a woman cry are limitless.

So to quickly recap: Peter and the women were whisked off to Paris Thailand Cleveland… which, when announced that this was their destination, drew silence from the women as if it were a joke. No, no, ladies the joke is still yet to come. Why Cleveland? Well, country star Chase Rice is performing there and producers have a little dirt on ol’ Victoria F. She dated Chris and now the setup has begun.

Peter “randomly” picked Victoria F. for a one-on-one date that ended with them attending a concert. Who was performing? Chase Rice, of course! Awkwardness ensued when Victoria F. felt terrible that they had to attend the concert of an ex-boyfriend.

Water under the bridge is how it should’ve been handled by Peter and Victoria because Heaven forbid it that Victoria has dated someone before Peter. Heck, only 2 episodes ago Peter’s ex- was sitting in his lap. So let by-gone’s be by-gone’s, right? Victoria’s tears were so unnecessary.

The issue here is the producers evil orchestrating of these events. Reports also say that Chase Rice wasn’t too happy about what happened either. Do they really want true love to be found on this show? Or do they just want ratings? Let’s break down all the things that had to be orchestrated in this “reality” show episode.


Finding out Victoria F. dating Chase Rice…

Chase Rice performing in Ohio…

Chase performance coinciding with the filming window of this season of The Bach…

bring the entire cast to Cleveland as an “fun” destination…

ensure Peter asks Victoria F. for this one-on-one date…

don’t let either of them know what’s about to happen…


I know most of us already consider this show to only loosely be categorized as “reality TV” but this was way past the line. To make this Chase/Victoria drama a reality, look at everything that had to be pieced together. The chances of Peter asking Victoria F. for the one-on-one in this exact moment were so low, I have a strong feeling he was “encouraged” to pick her for this date. I mean, what if he had picked one of the other women? So much drama would’ve never happened.

That’s why I think the producers orchestrated everything to happen the way it did. To put Victoria through this stress, to embarrass Peter and Victoria (and Chase!) that way, it shows they don’t really care about anyone finding love… and it’s not like the show has a track record of success in that regard, anyway.

I won’t even get into the part about Alayah making a comeback after being eliminated last week. Rules? What rules? If you don’t get a rose, it doesn’t matter. Just come back and we’ll see what we can do for you, mmmmk?

Last night’s episode of The Bachelor might be the last I ever watch. In fact, I didn’t even watch the whole episode, I was too turned off by it all. Instead, I turned on the Amazon original movie, Troop Zero, and what a treat that was! I’ll have a review posted soon but if you haven’t checked it out yet, do yourself a favor and watch it.

-Out of the Wilderness

CMA Awards: Bro-country vs. Bra-country

I can’t say whether the tides are changing in country music but if you use the recent CMA Awards as any sort of example of what country music is like today, you may notice who wasn’t there.

Remember back in the early to mid-2010s when “bro-country” became a thing? Artists like Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and others all had hit songs that were somewhat generic and formulaic with lyrics about drinking or dancing girls or backroad parties. Obviously there was success in that subject matter, but there was also a lot of pushback from traditional country music fans and well-known country artists.

Fast forward to 2019, the 53rd annual CMA Awards airing on ABC and featured no, not bro-country, but a heavy dosage of bra-country. The women of country music! Get it? Bra… women… women wear bras? It’s just a little diversion from bro-country to remind us all that bra-country is great! The CMA Awards was hosted by the amazing trio of Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood and if you didn’t get a chance to see the fantastic opening number, here it is.

I’m sure fans were happy to hear and see a lot of more traditional country being showcased, celebrating legendary women in country music, and not hearing the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean… none of whom were in attendance.

If you want to read a full recap of the show performances click here.

Concerning those CMAs, I was really only surprised by a couple things…

  1. Garth Brooks winning Entertainer of the Year. Grady Smith says it best here…

Actually, that’s it. I was surprise by one thing. Garth. Over Eric Church and Carrie Underwood. Come on! Like Grady is, I’m also a fan of Garth Brooks, but it definitely seemed like he just swooped in and took the award away from others who genuinely deserved it.

I also don’t like Kacey Musgraves, there, I said it. But she’s a big part of the bra-country movement and if the future of country music is how the CMAs looked this year… I’m back in! I love most of the women featured on the show, plus I love Eric Church, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert (I almost dated her, you know), Dierks Bentley, and plenty of others.

Have a good weekend, y’all!

-Out of the Wilderness

Jon Pardi “Heartache Medication” behind the video details

[also check out more info from Jon’s most recent video for “Ain’t Always the Cowboy”]

Jon Pardi recently added a music video to a song his fans already love, and it’s getting quite the positive feedback on YouTube. Lots of Dwight Yoakam vibes being felt, George Strait comparisons, comments about Jon saving country, “real country” and on and on. But what you might not know about the video itself is the identity of the woman Jon’s sweet on, and the bottles of whiskey he’s sweet on, too 🙂

 

Well, those diehard fans already know who she is, but I’ll tell ya anyway, it’s his girlfriend Summer Duncan.

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You’ll also see a well-framed close up shot of Louisville-based Michter’s Whiskey. I haven’t found any direct connection between the brand and Jon Pardi.

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What else is interesting about this video? Well, some comments on YouTube mention Jon’s height… so according to
this site, in the past Jon’s said he stands at 6′ 3.5″ tall. Must be nice up there.

He reportedly has a net worth of $8 million. Must be nice up there.

The video shoot location is Nashville, specifically The Nashville Palace and nearby.

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via The Nashville Palace Instagram

The video was directed by Carlos Ruiz, who’s directed a number of Jon’s videos, like “Heartache on the Dance Floor”, and Mr. Ruiz does photography, too.

You can find Summer on Instagram @summerfawn_duncan

Jon’s Instagram @jonpardipics

Carlos Ruiz’s website

The Nashville Palace @thenashvillepalace

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness