Who and what IS in Jon Pardi’s “She Ain’t In It” video

Just take a glance at the YouTube comments on almost any Jon Pardi music video and you’ll quickly realize his fans and newcomers to his music are all very excited about his traditional country sound. They love his voice and musical style, both of which shine through the dusty California barn featured in his new video for “She Ain’t In It.”

The stars

Obviously the barn is sentimental to the character Jon plays in this video. It’s where he shared good memories with a woman he loved (and still loves?), represented by model Lindsay Belanger (aka Lindsay Belle).

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Lindsay is from Saguenay, Quebec and has been modeling for approximately 8 years. She’s done work with Sephora, UGG Australia, Mary Kay, Bite Beauty Cosmetics, Deal or No Deal, Fitness Magazine, and the Bellagio Hotel. [source of this info]

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Lindsay is 5’9″ and wears a size 8 shoe, listed here.

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Knowing how to ride a horse helped Lindsay land the role in this music video. Here’s a picture taken from the video shoot, via her Instagram.

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…and how can you not fall in love with that beautiful horse, right? Well, I hope you have room for two in that heart of yours, because the equine scenes were actually shared by two horses, a la Michelle from Full House. Their names are Kino and Kane. They split the roles of riding / barn entrance (Kino) and stall / rearing up (Kane). A friend of mine that knows more than I do about horses suggests these are most like Quarter Horses.


The video was shot January 5, 2018 on a working ranch in Thousand Oaks, California. The video director, Jim Wright, said they were looking for a location that could play as a character in the video, and with the vintage run-down feel of the barn along with the valley landscape, they’d found the perfect spot.

The Ford

You’ll also notice a Ford pick-up truck in the video. In black and white, it’s tough to truly appreciate the vintage ride, but I found out it was on loan from singer/songwriter Marnie Herald. Isn’t it always nice to have a friend with a truck!?! Marnie’s posted a colorful shot or two of the truck, affectionately named Doris. It’s a ’69 Ford F-250 for anyone who’s wondering 😉

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That about wraps it up, thanks for checking out this post, y’all. I’d also like to thank Jim Wright for passing along great information about the video, a lot of which was used to put this together. Thank you so much, kind sir! Be sure to check out Jim’s other work, and follow Jon Pardi along with the rest of the folks below on their various social channels and websites.

Jim Wright videos and photography and Instagram

Jon Pardi Twitter and Instagram

Lindsay Belle webpage and Instagram

Marnie Herald Twitter and Instagram

-Out of the Wilderness


fun facts about Jon Pardi’s “Heartache on the Dance Floor” video

Jon Pardi has a popular video to go along with his huge hit song, “Heartache on the Dance Floor.” Here are some fun facts about the video.

It was directed by Carlos Ruiz, who’s also worked with country artists Keith Urban, Eric Church, and Luke Bryan. He’s also a photographer.

The car Jon drives around is a 1970(-72?) Pontiac LeMans, possibly a GTO but some folks say it’s not.

The video was shot in California in the following locations:

You’ll see Jon driving the Pontiac mostly on Lincoln Boulevard in Marina Del Rey, California. Background locations include Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt (4023 Lincoln Blvd,
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292), MDR Bike Company, Brennan’s Pub (iconic location in Marina Del Rey and they race turtles here, evidently), in the parking lot beside the pub and next to a smog check station (see pictures), and a building at 100 Market Street. Here’s a gallery of those locations.

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Of course, lots of shots in the video are on the beach. You’ll see Jon and the band on the Venice Beach boardwalk, walking near shops like Tuti Fruiti Discount Pipe Shop, and others as shown in the following photos. Notice the Tuti Fruiti sign on the Yelp page is the same one seen in the video below.

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And when Jon is not driving on Lincoln Blvd., he’s driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, which runs north/south along the beach coast, and I believe the clips were taken north of Venice Beach where the terrain is more rugged and not as residential or commercial.

Thanks for checking out my post about this popular song and video!

-Out of the Wilderness




Better off in a pine box…

I was an 11-year-old living in Stafford, Virginia jamming out with my yellow Sony Sports radio_cassette_player_sports_1598016Walkman, probably listening to artists likely Wilson Phillips, Roxette, Janet Jackson, oh, and of course, Vanilla Ice, Ice, Baby, MC Hammer and his pants, and who can forget Milli Vanilli? All favorites with this Starter-jacket-wearing 6th-grader.

Country music wasn’t even on my radar in 1990 and I can’t say for sure why. Maybe it was a product of the environment, although I’d guess that there was a fair share of folks listening to country music in Stafford. Maybe not amongst my friends, though.

It wasn’t till 26 years later (gasp!) that I heard the song by Doug Stone that inspired the title of this blog post. That’s right, summer of 2016 and I was honestly thinking it was brand new. Hoping it was brand new. I guess I’m a crotchety old man now, now that I think country music isn’t what it used to be.

old-man That’s OK, though. Country music can only be as successful as fans will let it be, and right now fans want pop country. But soon enough fans will start craving something different, and artists will follow their lead. By the way, have you heard Jon Pardi, “Head Over Boots”? Sounds like old country and I bet there’re some crotchety fans really digging it.

Twelve million views and counting shows promise 😉 Check out the YouTube comments, as well, and I think fans are into this classic country sound.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep listening to Pine Box until I discover another song made two decades ago that I never heard because I was too busy playing Duck Hunt or watching Kevin Costner as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Roooooobbbbiiiiiiiinnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Out of the Wilderness