Jake Owen - Startin' With Me
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Startin' With Me (RCA, 2006)

Jake Owen

Reviewed by David McPherson

Call him the new kid on the country block. The 24-year-old Jake Owen is part new country, part old-school Music City and all parts honky tonk man. Blessed with a fine baritone voice, the Floridian's debut is a solid record of radio-friendly singles that mine the 'tear-in-my-beer' hurtin' and drinkin' songs territory associated with country music.

Titles such as "The Bad in Me" and "Ghosts" are first-person narratives that are pure honky tonk songs true and true about past failures and regrets. Nowhere is this truer than the cliché-ridden "Startin' With Me." Owen wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the disc.

Highlights include the drinking song "The Bottle and Me" and the ballad "Places to Run" that echoes some of Kenny Chesney's chart-topping hits. Owen closes with a dynamite duet with Alabama's Randy Owen, "You Can Thank Dixie" showing that this Nashville newbie is ready for the big time.

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Greetings from...Jake Owen, 2019 American Love, 2016 Days of Gold, 2013 Barefoot Blue Jean Night, 2011 Easy Does It, 2009 Startin' With Me, 2006

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