Jon Pardi Tweets Message to Late Joe Diffie After CMA Awards Tribute Performance

by Quentin Blount

Country singer Jon Pardi took to social media to send a message to the late Joe Diffie following his CMA awards performance on Wednesday evening.

Pardi was excited to honor the late singer Joe Diffie at the 2020 CMA Awards. He delivered an exhilarating performance of a true country classic, “Pickup Man,” by Diffie. The performance most definitely one of the highlights of the night. Not just for fans, but also for Pardi.

Pardi’s performance had the audience buzzing, as many other country stars were seen singing along and tapping their feet. The performance even drew a standing ovation from the late Diffie’s wife, Tara Terpening.

“Hope I did you proud last night, @joediffieonline. #CMAawards#legend@countrymusic,” Pardi wrote on Twitter.

Pardi’s been looking forward to the performance for some time now. He was excited to discuss his tribute to the late musician in an interview with Taste of Country Nights.

“Gonna sing a bad— song from an awesome artist that I grew up listening to. Dang! That’s easy,” Pardi said. “That’s like honky-tonkin’ we talking about, that’s an exciting performance.”

Jon Pardi Nominated for Album of the Year

Pardi was nominated for the Album of the Year CMA Award for the album “Heartache Medication.” The album features several hits such as “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” and “Heartache Medication.” However, he didn’t win the award. Luke Combs won the award with his album “What You See Is What You Get.”

Pardi recently covered Diffie’s 1993 hit “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)” on his EP Rancho Fiesta Sessions. In an Instagram post back in March, Pardi reflected on Diffie’s legacy and confessed he’s been a fan of Diffie for years.

He wrote, “Bummer day today, Joe Diffie was such a nice guy and a great country singer. Been listening to Joe since the cassette tape days! Having some beers today for the pick up man. Condolences to his family, friends, band, and crew.”

Diffie passed away on March 29 at age 61. He released several hits during his career such as “John Deere Green,” “Pickup Man,” and “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die).” Diffie won a CMA Award of his own for Vocal Event of the Year in 1993.