“Because this is the place that is part of our bones,” his words echoed over shots of United’s players in slo-mo.
The “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” singer divorced first wife Lacey Buchanan in 2015.
But now, Merle is more likely to be at home than on the tour bus as well. Now he stays home a lot, and he doesn’t get to ride shotgun anymore,” Owen says. Owen wrote all of the songs on his debut album, , that Owen looked to other songwriters to provide tunes. But I also think that you can pick great songs outside that you didn’t write that can help your career.” Owen’s fourth album, , followed suit and was comprised completely of songs written by outside songwriters. When Owen first moved to Music City, he became friends with veteran producer and songwriter Jimmy Ritchey. Owen was close to graduating from college with a double major when he realized that he wanted to pursue music full-time. The band, formed while Owen was still in college, did mostly covers, except for two originals that Owen wrote, “It’s Been a While” and “8 Second Ride,” the latter of which became Owen’s first gold-selling single after he got his record deal.
In 2015, Owen got another dog, named Thurman Thomas. “I put aside a lot of my own songs that I had written and started recording some outside songs that I thought were better,” Owen tells CMT. Most people think in order to validate yourself as an artist, you have to write your own songs. Together, along with Ritchey’s friend, songwriter Chuck Jones (“Your Love Amazes Me,” “Love a Little Stronger”), the three wrote a song called “Ghost,” which Chesney expressed interest in recording. He said it was a great song, but it just didn’t work for the album he was working on. With his parents’ blessing, he dropped out of college, packed up his car and headed to Nashville instead. The band performed regularly at a bar called Potbelly in Tallahassee, Fla.
Find out what happened — and more fun facts about the “Alone With You” singer — in this list of things you may not know about the country star. The tattoo on Owen’s arm honors his heritage and individuality.
Owen has a feather tattoo on his right bicep — a nod, he explains, to his Native American ancestors as well a symbol of who he is today.