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Story Behind the Song: ‘Country Never Goes out of Style,’ Shane Owens

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.”

You can read more about his career and music in our feature. You can also hear Owens share his candid thoughts on today’s pop hits in this video we also filmed at CMA Fest.

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Story Behind the Song: ‘Country Never Goes out of Style,’ Shane Owens