Jon Pardi Tips His Cowboy Hat To Randy Travis With Awesome Covers of ‘On the Other Hand’ and ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’

by Shelby Scott

Modern country music lies on the shoulders of country music legends. These include artists from the late Kenny Rogers and Charlie Daniels to living legend Randy Travis. Now, modern artists have begun to transform the style of traditional country music and embrace new sounds and rhythms. However, Jon Pardi has returned to country’s roots, tipping his hat to the “Forever and Ever, Amen” singer with a couple of awesome covers.

Jon Pardi debuted the covers on CMT’s YouTube channel. He opened the Randy Travis tribute with the senior artist’s hit song, “On the Other Hand.”

Any Jon Pardi song promises a bit of twang. Although his cover of Randy Travis’s “On the Other Hand” mimics the sounds of the original closely in that aspect. Both versions feature an introduction spotlighting a gentle acoustic guitar quickly followed by the lulling vocals of both artists.

Jon Pardi Adds Vocal Variation to ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’

On the other hand, (see what I did there?) Jon Pardi takes a gentler approach to the mega star’s hit,”Forever and Ever, Amen.”

Randy Travis’s track features a quicker introduction to both the instrumentals and the lyrics. Contrastly, Pardi approaches the tune at a much slower pace. Whether it’s because the Travis hit is so huge or because the younger artist simply wanted to put his own spin on the track, we can’t be sure.

Another notable difference between the two versions is the variation on annunciation and the ways both Pardi and Travis slide between notes. The country icon’s original features a smoother transition between words and lines. Meanwhile, Pardi breaks the verses apart, putting more emphasis on certain phrases and lines than Travis does.

Nevertheless, we applaud Jon Pardi for his thoughtful tribute. Further, we can’t wait to see Randy Travis awarded the Artist of a Lifetime Achievement on CMT’s Artists of the Year this Wednesday.

Randy Travis Set to Receive Artist of a Lifetime Achievement

As I mentioned before, Randy Travis is truly a living legend. The country star memorably impacted the industry in 1986 with the release of his hit album, Storms of Life. Featuring timeless songs such as “On the Other Hand” and “Diggin’ Up Bones,” the former saw later success in 1986, following its original release in 1985. It eventually became his first number one song in the U.S.

Other iconic songs include, of course, “Forever and Ever, Amen” as well as “Deeper Than the Holler” and “Three Wooden Crosses.”

Now, following the achievement, the country star will join the ring alongside other living legends like Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, and Shania Twain. The Lifetime Achievement Award was also previously presented to the late Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard.

Of the achievement, Randy Travis felt “blessed and most thankful.” He further added, “To think you receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for sharing your heart with the world through music is really beyond words of gratitude.”