Jake Owen Jumping Into The Petty-Country Verbal Brawl

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Alright, this Tom Petty thing is getting silly.

We probably wouldn’t be so concerned with it, but the fact that we share the building with KMPS, means we’re getting double the dose. Today we were greeted with the news that country singer Jake Owen is the latest “artist” to take issue with Petty’s comments (from what had to have been two weeks ago).

Owen sat down for an interview on SiriusXM and called Petty’s comments “ridiculous” and “uneducated.”

For those of you who don’t know, Petty said in an interview earlier this month that modern country reminded him of mid-’80s rock, “where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos.” He added, “I’m sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they’re just not getting the attention that the s*** gets.”

On Thursday, we got responses from people around the CBS Radio cluster (here in Seattle) — the consensus was that even though the comments were mean-spirited, Petty has a point.

So instead of responding to Owen’s comments in written form, we are simply going to post pictures of him hoping that they will settle the argument further. This guy says Tom Petty is “uneducated” about country music:

Jake Owen sporting his ultra-country attire (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Jake Owen sporting his ultra-country attire (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Jake Owen hoping people mistake him for Johnny Cash ... [SPOILER ALERT: No one mistakes him for Johnny Cash] (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Jake Owen hoping people mistake him for Johnny Cash … [SPOILER ALERT: No one mistakes him for Johnny Cash] (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Jake Owen's jacket was certainly less than $5,00, so, that's country. (Jason Merritt)

Jake Owen’s jacket was certainly less than $5,00, so, that’s country. (Jason Merritt)

Alright. Aaannnd, we’ll give you a video (if you can make it to the 0:30 mark, you are an incredible person):

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