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I was so glad to see Jake Owen last week on the CMT Music Awards red carpet. Not just because he has so many cool things going on, like a video for his "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" and a spot on Keith Urban's tour, but because he talks and talks and talks. He's open and honest and pretty much holds nothing back. So when I asked his date Lacey Buchanan if she liked country music, Owen told me this: "We had dinner last night dinner at Keith's house. Kenny [Chesney] was hugging me, and Lacey was like, 'Who is that?'" So Buchanan might not know these players, but I do. So naturally, I wanted to know more about this little dinner party. Who else was there? Nicole Kidman, Sheryl Crow, Reba McEntire. What did you all eat? Wine, Italian food from Giovanni's restaurant, then some tiramisu. "It was the classiest thing I've ever been a part of," Owen said.