The First Time We Met Jake Owen


The first time I saw Jake Owen in concert was 2007. He was touring with Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson and had just released his debut album, Startin’ With Me.

As Owen gears up to release his fifth studio album, it’s hard to believe it’s been a full 10 years since that debut album and his first single, “Yee Haw.”

After five No. 1 singles and maybe the most famous head of hair in country music, many things have changed, but many remain the same for the native Floridian.


It took a few tries, but with the release of his third album and the title track “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” reaching the top of the charts in 2011, Owen was a force to be reckoned with in country music. The album was a commercial and critical hit and produced three other No. 1 hits in “Alone With You,” “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere With You.”

The video for “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” made me want to own a boat.


In 2014, Owen released Days of Gold and added “Beachin'” to his list of No. 1 singles. With this song his laid-back, country-cool vibe was solidified. Owen had made the beach and country music go together like no one else before him.

After all of these years and all of the hits, I’ve not only become a fan of Jake’s music, but on a personal level I’ve truly become a huge fan of his. I’ve felt some of his most precious moments as if they were my own.


Through the radio in my car, he’s been with me through some of the best and worst times. With many of my heartbreaks, headaches and times when I felt like I was on top of the world, I’ve listened to his music.

With his new album, American Love, right around the corner, it’s almost hard to believe that he’s had 10 years in the business. I still remember that concert, and I still remember thinking, “This guy is rough around the edges, but he’ll be in the business for a while.”