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on Pardi might be new to the country music scene, but his strikingly
original songs and relaxed confidence would suggest otherwise. His sound
is undeniably country-paying homage to some of his musical heroes such as
Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Alan Jackson-with his lived-in voice and
authentic delivery. His carefree musical style and high-energy live show combine
to give this singer/songwriter his own niche in a diverse country music landscape.
Hits like "Up All Night" and "When I've Been Drinkin' " can be found on his debut
album, "Write You A Song," which is available now.
nra Country's Vanessa Shahidi recently talked with Jon about his love of all
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VS: How would you spend a week off in Mother Nature?
JP: "Between touring and writing for my next album, weeks off are hard to come by,
so I would head down to Texas and spend time team roping on a ranch."
VS: What is your favorite personal firearm?
JP: "My grandfather's Winchester .270 [sic] deer rifle. The gun is from the 1940s, and
my grandfather passed it down to my dad, who passed it down to me. Even after 70
years, the gun still has an accurate shot. I love the history behind using a gun passed
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VS: Please share your favorite outdoor memory.
JP: "Growing up out West, my favorite memories are of hunting trips with my dad in
the northern California mountains on Lake Berryessa. I started hunting when I was
12 and shot my first deer up in those mountains."
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ormer American
Rifleman Editor
and Executive Director
of nra Publications
E.G. "Red" Bell Jr.
died on Feb. 12, 2015,
at the age of 78. Born
on May 6, 1936, in
Illinois, Bell moved
to California in
his late teens. He
subsequently worked
at The Hollywood
Gun Store and served as a Los Angeles
County Deputy Sheriff before beginning
a 40-year career in the firearm magazine
publishing industry.
An nra Benefactor member, he
began his competitive shooting career
in an nra junior program. He indulged
in anything that shot-from airguns to
big-bore rifles, shotguns and handguns.
He was a gun collector and an active
skeet, trap and recreational shooter, who
also hunted game birds and varmints.
His publishing career began in 1960
at Guns & Ammo, which had been
started in 1958 by Robert E. Petersen.
He managed the artistic and editorial
production of the monthly magazine for
25 years. In 1985, Bell became editor.
In 1993, Bell was named editor
of American Rifleman. He became
executive director of nra Publications
in 1994. His responsibilities included
publishing two monthly magazines,
American Rifleman and American
Hunter, with a combined circulation of
more than 3 million. His most important
contribution during his seven-year
career at nra was modernizing nra
Publications and converting magazine
production to a modern digital desktop
publishing system. During his tenure, he
oversaw the creation of a third "Official
Journal" monthly magazine option for
nra members-American Guardian-
which later became America's 1st
Freedom. Bell retired in 2000 as a special
assistant to the executive vice president.
He is survived by his long-time
sweetheart, Carol Winet, as well as three
sisters, four children, 22 grandchildren
and 22 great-grandchildren.


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