Jake Owen ‘Annoyed’ By Bro-Country Debate
"It's so annoying," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "I get so tired of hearing these people ask, 'So what do you think of bro-country?' I don't care."
The Cambridge Dictionary defined the term in early 2015, citing bro-country as "a sub-genre of country music sung by young white men, featuring songs with macho themes such as trucks, drinking and partying" and adding that it's “[a] celebration of … life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories." But Owen prefers to look at country music as simply country music.
"On the same radio station, you can hear "What We Ain't Got," which was a slow, broke-down country song, or Jamey Johnson's "In Color" or Kacey Musgraves, [and] it's the same station that will play Sam Hunt's songs that sound more pop-oriented," he says. "I love Sam Hunt’s stuff, I think it's awesome, but I also love Sturgill Simpson, and I'm comfortable saying that."
In fact, Owen doesn't think that adding a definition to the types of songs is worth it. After all, he points out, "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 for those who still aren't convinced, the singer adds one more thought: "If you try to put more thought into it than that, you're a d--k. I get so tired of people who try to put everything into a box."
Owen has resisted being put in a box himself, insisting that he's more than "the f--king beach bum." He's working on a new record that will show a different side of himself -- one that has been changed by marriage, fatherhood, his own father beating cancer and a whole lot of "real life" issues.
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