Jake Owen thinks it’s time for the bro-country debate to be put to rest once and for all.
“It’s so annoying,” the singer said in an interview with Rolling Stone Country. “I get so tired of hearing these people ask, ‘So what do you think of bro-country?’ I don’t care.”
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He went on to describe his recent experience performing at the Big Barrel Festival in Dover, Del., which featured a vast array of country artists, including Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Merle Haggard and Carrie Underwood. “All the people out in the crowd listened to all of us, and not one of them left,” Owen explained. “No one was like, ‘This isn’t country, I’m leaving.'”
Owen supports the idea that there’s room for all tastes in country music, saying “people are there for the experience and for the music, and they’re there for the way it feels to relate to a song that you just like. There’s not much more thought to it than that, and if you try to put more thought into it than that, you’re a dick,” he asserts. “I get so tired of people who try to put everything into a box.”
Jake Owen’s new album, which will include his current single, “Real Life”, is planned for release by the end of 2015. Owen will also be joining Chase Rice as opening acts for Kenny Chesney on dates throughout his Big Revival Tour through the end of the summer.