Tom Petty recently criticized country music when he told Rolling Stone, “Most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle ’80s, where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos. I’m sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they’re just not getting the attention that the s—tier stuff gets. But that’s the way it always is, isn’t it?” He also called it "bad rock with fiddle".
Jake Owen responded: “It’s unfortunate that he’d make a ridiculous, uneducated comment like that about a format he’s not even a part of. First off, why? That bums me out a little bit … but everybody makes ignorant comments from time to time. My dad always said there’s an a– for every seat so if you don’t like it, get out.”