Jake Owen Grateful “Because of Y’all”

You’re welcome, Jake Owen. It was my pleasure to read your liner notes all the way down to the very last line where you wrote, “P.S. Thanks for still reading liner notes.”

The way we live with music has changed drastically and permanently — it’s all so digital and much less physical — but I will never stop reading liner notes. Because not only do I like to know who wrote the songs I love, I like to see who gets credit behind the scenes. And I like to hear what the artist has to say once the project they’ve poured their blood, sweat and tears into is finally finished.

“After making four albums and years and years of friendships, it’s hard to condense my feelings into this little space,” Owen writes in the lower corner of the liner notes for his new album Days of Gold. “I’ll make this short and sweet. I’m so thankful for each person who has enriched my life. I am so blessed and I have to thank God for each of these blessings. My beautiful wife Lacey, who gave me my beautiful daughter Pearl, I love you.”

Owen goes on to thank all the people who had a part in making this music, plus his dog Merle. And then us.

“And all the fans that bought this record,” he says. “Because of y’all, I get to literally live the ’Days of Gold.’

Here are the deep cuts I love the most — and the songwriter credits — from Days of Gold:

“Drivin’ All Night,” Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell

“What We Ain’t Got,” Travis Jerome Goff and Travis Meadows

“One Little Kiss (Never Killed Nobody),” Ashley Gorley, Jimmy Robbins and Shane McAnally

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