Watch Jon Pardi Honor Joe Diffie With Rousing Rendition of “Pickup Man” at the CMA Awards

Jon Pardi paid tribute to one of his favorite artists, Joe Diffie, by performing a rousing rendition of “Pickup Man” at the CMA Awards on Nov. 11.

Joe Diffie, who passed away in March due to COVID-19 complications, scored a number of hits during the 1990s, including “John Deere Green,” “Pickup Man,” “Home” and more.

“He was a sweet guy, got to hang with him a couple of times, it was sad to hear [when he passed],” said Jon before the show. “I will be happy to be waving the Joe Diffie flag and ’90s country at the CMA Awards. I’m excited. Just ready to go! Start rocking and pay tribute to Joe Diffie—he’s one of my favorites.”

Watch Jon’s performance below.

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