"At some point, you have to check your ego at the door and allow things to happen the way that they should," reckons Jake Owen. He's talking about life in general, but specifically, the country star is also addressing the decision to bring in outside writers to supplement his efforts on 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night.' The move obviously worked, as the album and its title track became his first No. 1 album and single.
With 'Barefoot,' Jake blew off the doors of his previous two sets: in addition to widening his songwriting circle, he played guitar for the first time on one of his songs, and he expanded his emotional range, playing off both his vulnerability on 'Alone With You' and his friskiness on 'Heaven.'
As Jake, 30, said during his recent AOL Music Sessions taping at AOL's Beverly Hills studio, he's succeeding beyond his wildest dreams: "I'm doing things now that five or six years, if you would have said, 'This is what you're going to be doing in six years,' I would have laughed at you."
But that's not to say he doesn't have his moments. "I'm sure the folks around me will tell you that I can be a d---head sometimes," he jokes. If that's the case, the country star kept all his terrible tendencies in check during his afternoon at AOL. He couldn't have been more charming as he discussed lip-shaped tattoos, the comforts of a good dog, and how "weird" it is to talk about yourself all the time.