Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Album: Barefoot Blue Jean Night (2011)
Charted: 21

Songfacts®:

  • It's a barefoot, blue jean night with beer, sweet tea, beautiful girls and an old guitar. Just about every idyllic image known to country music is in this one. The first single from Jake Owen's third album, it was written by Texan singer-songwriter Eric Paslay, New Jersey native Dylan Altman and Nashville writer Terry Sawchuk.
  • The song is the first cut that Owen didn't have a hand in writing. "I just want my songs to relate to people," he explained about choosing his material. "Those kinds of songs are what drive a career."
  • It was Owen's former girlfriend who convinced him to record the song. He recalled to The Boot: "I was almost finished with my record. I had that song on my email. I listened to it over and over one night when my girlfriend at the time came downstairs, and we were breaking up. She said, 'You're an idiot if you don't record this.' I think she thought I was an idiot anyway, which is why she was leaving, but I did listen. [Laughs] She liked it, and for a girl who never mentioned much about my music, because I think my music is the one thing that kept me away from her, so she never complimented me much on it - for her to say that, I knew. I already knew in my mind it was a good song, but when she said that, I was like, all right, I'm cutting it. So it worked out. It's weird, I knew it would be a hit, but I didn't know it would be this big. I don't know what else to base it off of, because I've never had anything like that. I've had hits on the radio, but this is different. I keep telling folks, there's a difference between a hit song and a career song, and this is a career song."
  • The music video was directed by Mason Dixon and filmed at Center Hill Lake in Middle Tennessee. American model Lacey Buchanan co-stars in the clip. She previously appeared in the visual for Owen's "Eight Second Ride," and the couple began dating after her role in this one. They married on May 7, 2012, exactly one month after the singer proposed onstage at a charity event. They divorced in 2015.
  • According to Country Aircheck, this was the most-played country song during the 2010s. Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" came in second, while Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee" was third.

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