Florida native Jake Owen is well-known for his classic summer anthems “Beachin” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night“, but his new single aims to relate to the life of his fans in a different way. “Real Life“, written by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley and Josh Osborne, made its debut on May 26.
I had the chance to talk with Jake about his new single, and life in the heart of the South. In talking with Jake, you instantly learn about his love for the South, and the people who are a part of his life. “In the South, people are polite. They open doors, and say hello to strangers they pass on the street” says Owen. “They love to live here.” It is also apparent that he learned about “real life” from his parents, and that he loves carrying on Southern traditions. And we have his mom to thank for introducing him to Southern Living at an early age. “She always had a copy of Southern Living on the coffee table” Owen said.
“Real Life” is the first single off Owen’s new album due out later this year. The upbeat song references real life scenarios such as hitting up Waffle House for some “real food” after a night out, or growing up in a town where the prom queen had a “plastic crown”.
Owen, who is juggling real life himself, between cutting a new record, touring with Kenny Chesney, and remodeling his home, still found time to connect with fans at a local Nashville Waffle House last week. He says social media allows him to easily stay connected, and he was able to host about 300 fans for lunch, with the send of a tweet. When asked about his classic Waffle House order, he replied “Well it is the Waffle House. So a waffle. With scrambled eggs, hash browns, and a sweet tea.”
Ever tried peanuts and Coke? Check out this behind the scenes clip from Owen’s recent cover art photo shoot for more on the Southern tradition: