Jake Owen Got John Mellencamp’s Approval Before Recording “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)”

JAKE OWEN’s new song I Was Jack (You Were Diane) is almost a full-on tribute to JOHN MELLENCAMP’s iconic “Jack and Diane”.  Jake didn’t write it, and he almost didn’t record it, for obvious reasons.

He says “When I first heard [it] I thought, ‘How can I do this and re-create what is already a classic song?’

“But the more I listened to it, the more I saw my own life growing up.   The original was about ‘two American kids growing up in the heartland’ and that image is exactly what so many country songs are based on.”

But there was one thing he HAD to do first.  Quote, “The most important thing to me and my team is that we sent the song to [him] and he liked the track.  Getting his stamp of approval sealed the deal for me that this song should be our debut single.”

“I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” is the lead single from his next album.  No word yet on a title or release date for that.