Every once in a while you stumble upon a musician so incredibly busy that he or she doesn't have the time to fulfill duties as an interviewee.
More often than not, said artist's plate isn't any more (or less) full than any other musician's, student's, parent's, or working stiff's, but, hey, they're artists -- let them be.
Jake Owen might be the rare exception of a musician that legitimately doesn't have time for a phone call. After all, the 31-year-old country star is not only conducting his first full-length tour (in support of the EP "Endless Summer," but he's doing so as his new 22-year-old bride, Lacey Buchanan, is due with their first child, Pearl, at any moment.
Beginning next spring, Owen will be perform in stadiums in support of singer Jason Aldean. In other words, we'll forgive Owen (this time) for conducting his interview with Lowcountry Current via email. Owen is sure to be more engaging when he performs Saturday at Savannah's Johnny Mercer Theatre.
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Question. Why an EP and not a full-length album?
Answer. I wanted to be able to get new music out to fans as soon as possible. Fans today want instant gratification. It had been over a year since I gave my fans new tunes.
Q. Any plans for a full-length album in the near future?
A. Yes, I'm planning to head back in to the studio after my tour wraps in December. I've got a few songs already in my pocket from some of the best songwriters in Nashville.
Q. Neal Schon from Journey recently proposed on stage as you did earlier this year, but Johnny Cash was the first to do it way back when. What was your second choice for how you would have proposed to Lacey?
A. Honestly, there was no second choice. The proposal went just as I hoped.
Q. Your daughter Pearl is due imminently. What are you most and least looking forward to in the first few months of her life?
A. I'm most excited for Pearl's arrival. We can't wait to meet her. I'd say that I'm least looking forward to changing diapers.
Q. You tried professional golf for a while. Do you think you could have been a professional golfer had you kept at it?
A. You never know where life may take you, but I had to follow my passion for music and entertaining. I knew that music was what I was meant to do.
Q. Give me the name of an artist you regularly listen to that might surprise people.
A. Otis Redding's "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" always reminds me of growing up in Florida and home. I just can't get enough of it.
Q. You have covered artists such as Sublime, Van Halen and Ben Harper live. Name one artist you would be most flattered by if they covered you and why?
A. Alabama -- because it's Alabama.