Shane Owens is as country as they come. The Alabama native has a humble charm, sly Southern drawl and good ol’ boy sense of humor that you just can’t fake. And if there’s one song that captures his style and sound to a tee, it’s “Country Never Goes out of Style.”
We sat down with Owens during CMA Fest 2017 to talk with him about the origins of the “Country Never Goes out of Style” — one of his most popular songs to date.
Songwriter Galen Griffin penned the song, but Owens says he could’ve written it himself. “It’s me in a nutshell,” Owens told us in his Alabama drawl. “I live that way every day. John Deere hat. Ford pickup truck, driving around. I do that every day.”
The song appears on Owens 2016 album, Where I’m Coming From, his strongest project to date. Produced by country legend Randy Travis, the album has a refreshing throwback sound that draws from the classic country of the late 80s and early 90s.
“I always had this real passion for music — traditional country music,” Owens told our music writer Jeremy Burchard last year. “Merle Haggard, George Jones, Keith Whitley, Randy Travis; and the good Lord give me the talent to sing it.”