Barefoot Blue Jean Night-Jake Owen (RCA)

These “weren’t things great when we wuz kids” songs can get so very repetitive and trivial. Yeah, we were young an’ we wuz good lookin’ an’ so wuz the girls an’ they had ’em some great bods an’ we went swimmin’ an’ we drove fast an’ we got drunk an’ we didn’t have us no cares an’ ….all that. Just when I think I’m gonna stick pencils in my ears if another one comes creepin’ up to assault me, along comes a good one that makes the subject all fresh again. Jake gets it to work in great part because he doesn’t go overboard with loud guitars and screaming vocals. It ain’t a Rock record. The banjo weaves through the record start to finish.

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