Jon Pardi releases Interactive Video for “What I Can’t Put Down”

Experience it here.

The innovative clip allows the viewer to help direct the action by making a series of choices: beer or whiskey, blonde or brunette, and white or black suit?

Pardi co-wrote the single along with nine other songs on his freshman album, Write You A Song.

“We wrote this song last year, and I remember it just kind of poured out,” he says. “I kind of had the line the devil wears black and he goes by jack, and he’s really good at helping me forget … I was just kind of rambling on. It’s all really about the fun things that I can’t put down. The chorus is kind of an anthem of what you can’t put down, not in a bad way … just about drinkin’, smokin’, girls and playing music … everything I can’t put down.”

“What I Can’t Put Down” is the California-native’s third single off of his freshman album. Pardi says that the album draws from stories from much of his adult life.

“This album represents the last four years of my life, from relationships to playing music,” he says. “It’s a fun, upbeat album with songs about life and love.”

Pardi is criss-crossing the US for live shows throughout the summer. A list of upcoming performances is available on his website.

#1 Party – Song Factory & Rob Crosby Celebrate “Friday Night”

Pictured (l-r, front row): Marshall Altman, Eric Paslay, Rose Falcon and Rob Crosby, (back row): ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Cal IV Entertainment’s Daniel Hill, The Song Factory’s Jennifer Johnson, Universal Music Group Nashville’s Mike Dungan and BMI’s David Preston. Photo by Ed Rode.

ASCAP, BMI and the CMA hosted a #1 party on Mon., February 24th to celebrate “Friday Night,” Eric Paslay’s first #1 song as both the songwriter and the artist. Music Row’s industry and media packed the room to honor Paslay along with co-writers Rob Crosby and Rose Falcon, who celebrated their third and first #1 songs, respectively. “Friday Night,” the debut single from Paslay’s EMI Records Nashville self-titled album released on February 4th, marked his fourth trip to the top of the charts as a songwriter. Producer Marshall Altman and publishers Cal IV Entertainment and The Song Factory were also on hand to congratulate the group. Article courtesy of Alison Toczylowski


Jon Pardi and The Song Factory

Watch Jon Pardi and Jennifer Johnson along with Lee Francis and Terry Lee Palmer talk about Jon’s journey with The Song Factory.

Dillon Carmichael EP

rsz_1dillon_cover1Check out Dillon Carmichael’s debut EP “Almost Famous”, produced by Bart Butler at  The six-song EP contains songs Dillon co-wrote with Jimmy Melton, Neal Coty, Phil O’Donnell, Steve Bogard, Bart Butler, Larry McCoy, and Rusty Van Sickle, and a song, the title track, written by Jon Pardi, Aaron Goodvin, and Matt McKay.

Dillon was born in Central Kentucky and has been singing in front of crowds since he was six years old. He got his first guitar at the tender age of 11 and was impressing family and friends with his natural ability to play anything with a chord or a beat. Dillon comes by his musical gift from both sides of his family. His grandfathers, both named Harold, played music in the 60’s and 70’s. The late, Harold Montgomery played country music all over Kentucky and played at the Grand Ole Opry. Since those early days the Montgomery name has become very popular in the country music business as Dillon’s uncles (John Michael and Eddie) lived their fathers dream of one day being in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Harold Carmichael started his music career in the 60’s in Gospel music with his five brothers the “Carmichael Brothers” and in the 70’s playing rock-n-roll all over central Kentucky. In addition to her brother’s vocal talents, Dillon’s mother, Becky Montgomery, was also blessed with a beautiful voice.

There is no doubt that Dillon Carmichael is on his way to continuing the family tradition in a big way.

Jon Pardi to Release Debut Album



Jon will release his debut album, Write You A Song, Jan. 14, 2014. Pardi’s high-energy approach, perfected on stages throughout his native California, has its stamp all over his Capitol Records Nashville debut.

Write You A Song features Pardi’s latest Top 25 and climbing single “Up All Night,” his previous Top 25 tune, “Missin’ You Crazy,” plus nine more previously unreleased tracks. Pardi co-produced the album, as well as co-wrote all but one of the 11 tracks on Write You A Song, making this release especially meaningful for the up-and-coming star.

“This album represents the last four years of my life from relationships to playing music,” shares Pardi. “It’s a fun, upbeat album with songs about life and love.” A natural storyteller, he writes what he knows, spinning tales born of his dues-paying days and bringing it all together into a strong, cohesive musical statement. “If you can take a piece of life and put it in a song,” says Pardi, “it’s going to be a good song—especially if it’s from the heart.”

Co-produced with Bart Butler, a friend and a co-writer on many of the album tracks, Write You A Song delivers a sound that is uniquely Pardi – a traditionalist at heart, influenced by his grandmother’s classic country tastes in George Strait and ALABAMA, but with just a bit of swagger that gives a little edge to his undeniable appeal.

Write You A Song Track Listing:
1. What I Can’t Put Down
2. Up All Night
3. Write You a Song
4. That Man
5. Missin’ You Crazy
6. Happens all the Time
7. Trash a Hotel Room
8. Chasin’ Them Better Days
9. Love You From Here
10. Empty Beer Cans
11. When I’ve Been Drinkin’

“All I ever wanted to do coming to Nashville was to write rowdy, in-your-face, straight country music,” expresses Pardi, “and that’s what this album is.” – See more at:

SF News Update

The Song Factory has much to be excited about!!

Let’s start with a big congratulations to Dustin Lynch with 1 million sales on single downloads “Cowboys & Angels”….way to go, Dustin!!

We want to welcome the newest member of our staff, David Gordon.

Another congratulatory salute goes out to Rob Crosby for his cut, “Friday Night” on Lady Antebellum’s “Own The Night” album, which has sold over 1.6 million copies.




Britton Cameron’s song, “I Won’t Give Up On You”  has recently been cut by the incredible Mr. Don Williams on his most recent album. Congratulations to Britton and co-writer, Jordyn Shellhart.

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Music Row Magazine posts SF New Writer Signings

MusicRow Magazine

Song Factory Adds Six Writers


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Jessica Nicholson • July 30, 2013 •

 Independent music publishing company Song Factory has signed six new songwriters to the roster, including Bart Butler, Dillon Carmichael, Olivia Rudeen, Nathan Christopher, Terry Lee Palmer and Larry McCoy.

Butler has produced several artists and has cuts by Kevin Fowler, Johnny Bush, Johnny Rodriquez, Clay Walker, Dierks Bentley, Mark Wills, Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi.

Carmichael moved to Nashville in 2012 to pursue a career in music full-time. He is an accomplished artist and is the nephew of country music artists Eddie and John Michael Montgomery.

Colorado-born Rudeen recently graduated from The University of Denver with a degree in Music Industry Studies. She has shared the stage with a variety of acts including  DeVotchKa and American Idol winner Lee DeWyze.

Christopher is an artist from Canada who has written with Bobby Pinson, Kendell Marvel and Rivers Rutherford.

Houston-native Palmer attended both Middle Tennessee State University and Austin Peay State University for Music Studies. He has been playing guitar on the road with Capitol artist Jon Pardi since 2013 and recently signed a publishing co-venture with Pardi and the Song Factory.

McCoy moved to Nashville from Oklahoma in 1993 and landed a record deal with RCA a month later. After that deal ended he spent the next several years playing guitar for artists Brian White, Joe Diffie, Eddie Money and Ray Stevens. McCoy has cuts by Thomas Rhett, James Wesley and Ray Stevens.

Song Factory was established in 2008 as the shared vision of Jennifer Johnson and Jim Kaufman. For more information, visit

Olivia Rudeen Signed To Song Factory


Olivia Rudeen grew up in Denver, Colorado with beautiful mountain vistas as the backdrop to her childhood and young adult years. This ever-present beauty may well have been an integral part of the intensely creative nature she developed. After graduating with a degree in Music Industry Studies from the University of Colorado Denver, the two-time winner of the Durango Songwriters Expo Write-With-A-Hitmaker contest packed her car and headed east to the city where songwriting is a way of life: Nashville, Tennessee.  Olivia’s co-written song, “Better Off” was featured on the ABC Family series “Jane By Design”.  Olivia has shared stages large and small with a variety of national acts including the Grammy-nominated four-piece group DeVotchka and American Idol winner Lee Dewyze.  Her latest EP, released in September 2012, was produced by Jimmy Stofer of The Fray and Rosehill Drive.  Olivia recently signed her first publishing deal with the Song Factory team and is currently working with top writers and artists throughout the U.S.

Rob Crosby Co-Writes Eric Paslay Single

Below is a review by “Taste of Country” of SF writer Rob Crosby’s song co-written with Eric Paslay & Rose Falcon:

Eric Paslay, ‘Friday Night’ – Song Review

By Billy Dukes May 6, 2013 9:00 AM
Friday Night
EMI Nashville

Eric Paslay‘s new single ‘Friday Night’ genuinely feels like a carefree, summertime Friday night. It’s wide-open, catchy and easy to fall in love with, even if it’s not exactly crammed full of tangible memories. Paslay puts his stamp on this uptempo pop-country cut. His performance is charming without becoming distracting.

His freestyling over the banjo and guitar riff intro really sets the tone for a fine three minutes of radio. ‘Friday Night’ is a love song, but really it’s an impossible-to-dismiss hook that will rile even the most stoic of country fans to the dancefloor.

I don’t wanna be your Monday mornin’ headin’ back to work / Stuck in traffic goin’ slow nothin’ on the radio / I don’t wanna be another chore to check off on your list  / Things you gotta do and places that you gotta go,” Paslay sings to open the song. The second verse isn’t as strong, with its cup-filling metaphors and generic blue sky imagery. After the first chorus he’s hoping you’ll be lost in the euphoria of this feel-good tune — and you probably will be.

I wanna be your Friday night sweet ride / Summertime sunshine barefoot in the moonlight / I wanna be your jackpot, hot spot / Wide-open road in a candy-apple rag top / I wanna set you free / I wanna take you high / I wanna be, wanna be your Friday night,” he sings.

It’s a great chorus. Paslay has made a nice living with feel-good choruses, having previously penned Jake Owen‘s ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ and Love and Theft‘s ‘Angel Eyes.’ His genius is not overthinking simple ideas that fans will enjoy for their simplicity.

I wanna be your lemonade in the shade / Money in your pocket ‘cause you just got paid baby,” he announces during the bridge. It’s an easy song to enjoy because it strives only to be a short burst of sunshine, anytime you want it.

Credit Marshall Altman with creating production that accentuates the essence of this track in every way without getting carried away with vocal effects. ‘Friday Night’ isn’t a song we’ll be talking about at the end of the year, but it could be one we’re looking for at the end of summer.

3.5 Stars

SF Re-Signs Jon Pardi

The Song Factory is excited to announce that we have extended our exclusive songwriting agreement with Capitol Records recording artist, Jon Pardi.  Song Factory co-owner, Jennifer Johnson, who initially signed Pardi, says, “We are so pleased to be continuing our relationship with Jon and believe deeply in his abilities as both an artist and a writer”. Jon’s debut single “Missin’ You Crazy” spent 35 weeks on the Billboard Country Songs chart.  His new single, which Jon co-wrote with Bart Butler & Brett Beavers, ”Up All Night” is impacting country radio now.