Though we haven't heard new music from Jake Owen since his 2016 album American Love, it looks like the country star is revving up a new project with the release of a new single, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)."
The song reunites Owen with producer Joey Moi and marks his first release for Big Loud Records. "It's been revitalizing. Making music with Joey is all about recording songs that reflect who I am," Owen says in a press release. “I've seen the negative side of life and the positive side – and I really like the positive side. I want my songs to put a smile on your face." Owen's newest single is all about the golden memories of a warm-weather romance and is reminiscent of John Mellencamp's hit “Jack & Diane."
“I never release a song without the intention of stepping up to the plate and knocking it out of the park," says Owen. “When I first heard 'I Was Jack (You Were Diane),' I thought, 'How can I do this and re-create what is already a classic song?' But the more I listened to it, the more I saw my own life growing up. The original 'Jack & Diane' was about 'two American kids growing up in the heartland' and that image is exactly what so many country songs are based on. Plus, the most important thing to me and my team is that we sent the song to Mellencamp and he digs the track. Getting his stamp of approval sealed the deal for me that this song should be our debut single."
Along with “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," Jake has recorded the breezy tune, “Something to Ride To," that is also being released to all digital music partners today, February 28.
Find the country star on his upcoming 2018 Life's Whatcha Make It Tour with special guest Chris Janson and rising star Jordan Davis. The majority of shows will take place at baseball stadiums across the country. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday, March 2, at 10AM local time.
Check his Owen's official website for more information.