OFFSTAGE: Jake Owen Wanted to Steal Tim McGraw’s Look

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

If you Google something totally random like, “Where does Tim McGraw get his jeans?” you will get about 10.9 million answers. The veracity of which I cannot guarantee. But before Jake Owen was a big deal, out on the road opening shows for Keith Urban, he was just a country artist in search of the right look. “I remember going to a Tim McGraw concert. And you know, there’s a big difference in your local guy playing in a bar onstage and then going to see Kenny Chesney or Keith Urban or Tim McGraw, and they’ve got these cool-looking clothes on,” Owen said in a recent radio interview. “And I remember Googling back in the day, ’Where does Tim McGraw get his jeans?’ ’Cause I wanted some cool-lookin’ jeans!” I’m not sure whether the jeans Owen wears now are the ones he found Googling McGraw a few years ago or if they are the ones he is singing about in his “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” but I do know that those are some damn lucky jeans.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.