A newly single Jake Owen dropped his new tune, “American Country Love Song,” exclusively to iHeart Radio stations last week. This track is destined to become summer 2016’s main anthem with its energetic vibe and lyrics that perfectly capture the hope brought on by warm-weather and new, thrilling beginnings.
“It’s been cool and I’m so flattered to read people’s comments on social media about being excited to hear my new single,” Jake told the press with a big smile. “I think my fans have come to expect a certain kind of music from me; songs that are fun, energetic and just make you feel good. ‘American Country Love Song’ has the feeling of freedom and being young and adventurous. The first few lines of the song give examples of what love is: ‘It’s two tickets to a concert, it’s a Daytona airbrush t-shirt, wonderin’ who’s gonna kiss who first. You know what I’m talking about.’ I would say the majority of America does know what I’m talking about.”
“The single is a broad-spectrum glance in a three-minute song that describes a couple of kids living that American country love song,” he continued. “But, it’s also a much larger celebration of the love story that is America itself, from cowboys and cowgirls to cheerleaders and quarterbacks in small towns and big cities. It’s the thought of, ‘Hey, let’s raise our glasses to the fact that we are all one in the same. Wherever you live in this country, we are basically living one big American country love song.”
“I read a quote last week in the signature of a publisher’s email here in town and it really moved me,” mused the Florida-born singer. “It said, ‘Be kind, gentle and loving to everyone because everyone is fighting their own kind of battle.’ I totally get that quote. Everyone wakes up with something they’re up against but music seems to be the one thing that is healing for everybody. Going through a divorce in 2015 was a tough part of my life and I’m still dealing with it, but I’m a positive person…I always have been. Some people might have expected me to record sad songs or angry songs but my heartstrings pulled me to record songs with a common thread of love and being positive and good to people.”
On Saturday, Owen began his 1000+ mile trek from Nashville to Key West, Florida in his newly acquired 1966 Volkswagen bus, which sports the “Love Bus” moniker. Keep an eye on Jake’s Twitter feed for spontaneous invitations to join him at a restaurant, boat dock, or other random locations.