There should have been a song written by Jake Owen on Blake Shelton's new CD "Hillbilly Bone," but it seems bad timing got in the way.
Blake recently told Country Countdown USA host Lon Helton about the Jake Owen song that got away. “I do want to talk about Jake because I’m mad at him right now,” Blake said is his usual joking manner. Seems Blake was sent a Jake Owen song to consider, and when he sent word back that he was interested, the song was no longer available.
Jake gave his side of the story on this week’s Countdown, explaining, “I was ready to give it to him … but the guys at the label loved the song and they wanted to record, so I ended up having to call Blake back and say, ‘Man, I’m sorry, I’m going to record it.’”
Blake happily reports that he got back at Jake back for pulling the song. “Three months ago, Jake Owen was calling me going, ‘Hey man, if you still want that song for your album…’ And I said no sir, I don’t need it for my album now. I don’t want it anymore.
“So I think I got even with Jake and that’s not easy to do. That’s what you get, Jake,” Blake said with a chuckle.
Of course Jake also laughed about the song snafu and Blake’s comments. “It was pretty flattering when Blake called me and asked me for that song.,” he told Helton. “To this day he gives me so much crap for that.”
Blake often gives Jake grief on Twitter, even posting a very funny photo and comment about Jake’s new haircut during the CMA Awards show last fall (see http://img121.yfrog.com/i/1g0.jpg/).
Jake is a huge fan and calls Blake “one of my favorite singers out on the radio. He could sing the phone book…”
And apparently Blake is a fan of Jake’s writing skills. Blake is “always asks me for songs. When he’s making a record he always calls me and asks me if I’ve got any songs for him that I’ve written. It means a lot to me because he’s a great songwriter. Just to think that he thinks that much of my songs makes me feel pretty good as a songwriter.”
Hear the full sound clip and more from Lon Helton’s interview with Jake Owen at www.countrycountdownusa.com .