Jake Owen shares why he almost didn’t record ‘Best Thing Since Backroads’

“It was an immediate ‘No’ for me”

As Jake Owen creeps closer and closer to earning his 10th number 1 on the Country charts with “You’re The Best Thing Since Backroads,” he’s reminiscing on how the song almost didn’t come to be for him.

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“It was an immediate ‘No’ for me,” Jake said of the first time he was pitched the song. “They said ‘Hey, you need to listen to this song, It’s called ‘Best Thing Since Backroads’ and I [was like] ‘Nope!’ I was like, “I don’t want to, I’m not going to listen to it because I’m not going to sing another song [about backroads], I’ve heard too many songs about backroads.”

With some strong encouragement from his management team who thought the song was a perfect for the 40-year-old father of two, Jake gave it a try and it may end up earning him his tenth #1.

“My first instinct was, ‘I don’t even want to hear this song,’ and thankfully the people that I work with that trust and love me, and likewise, I put a lot of faith in them and they were correct.”

He continued, “Just the way that it feels like an old-school Alabama song, and I’ve always loved those guys. It’s a driving, summertime tune, it sounds a lot different and those are the kinds of songs I always love to put out. Kind of pushes the bar a little bit and is different for me.”

We’re sure glad Jake eventually came around to the tune and are optimistic it’ll take him to #1 for the tenth time in ten years.

“It does feel like yesterday — although it was a long time ago — that I was just trying to get a #1 song,” he reminisced. “I didn’t have a #1 song for the first seven years of my career. Everybody kept telling me, ‘When you get one, it’s a lot easier to get the next one.’ I don’t even know if that’s really that true but I remember when ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ became my first #1 song. And to think that ‘Best Thing Since Backroads’ [could become] the tenth one — that’ll be a ten-year time period from 2012 to 2022.”

Listen to Jake talk more about the single, career and love for gold in this week’s superstar Power Hour Interview with Katie Neal above.

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