Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Label: Rca Records Label Nashville
Jake Owen isn't afraid to trick out his twang with a few rock riffs, and his third album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, sounds the better for it. Take the incessant boogie-woogie drive of "Nobody Feelin' No Pain," whose honky-tonk piano and booming guitar riffs recall the Stones at their boozy best. If it doesn't top the country charts, it will top the rock charts. Or it should, anyway. Also see "Wide Awake," whose anthemic chorus is swathed in the kind of reverberating-yet-chiming guitars that brought Tom Petty to the masses. When Owen's not rocking out, he connects with a gentle ode to grandpa on "The Journey of Your Life."