The Reklaws and Jake Owen Crack Open a Memory on ’11 Beers’

This one's got a romantic buzz worth chasing.

Written by Chris Parton
The Reklaws and Jake Owen Crack Open a Memory on ’11 Beers’
The Recklaws and Jake Owen

Canadian country duo The Reklaws have enlisted Jake Owen on their new single, “11 Beers,” and it turns out to be a buzz worth chasing again and again.

All about a date that could have been more, the track has a golden mix of romantic perfection and what-if desire, and a refreshing groove that goes down easy.

Written by an A-squad of Nashville tunesmiths — Ashley Gorley, reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year Michael Hardy and Hunter Phelps — “11 Beers” works on an intriguing idea. Like a 12-pack that turned out to be a bottle short, a guy thinks back on the one who got away, feeling like me missed his chance. A time-of-your-life anthem that never quite reaches true love, its windows down sound pairs well with nostalgic harmony from the brother and sister duo (Jenna and Stuart Walker) — and the story gets even more vivid with Owen’s second verse.

“We know our fans are going to relate to this track because we’ve all lived through losing something before we felt it was finished,” explains Jenna. “We’re so honored that Jake Owen, an artist we’ve partied to and been inspired by since he changed all of our lives with ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night,’ agreed to join us on it and bring his signature easy-going, breezy melodies to take this fun love song over the top.”  

“We wanted to do something a bit different for our next single, but it still needed to feel like us,” says Stuart. “As soon as Jake sent this song over, we could already hear our fans singing it back to us on festival stages this summer, which is always the most important part. ‘11 Beers’ will have couples reminiscing on their first dates while tapping their toes to that four-on-the-floor beat – something not every Country song is able to do!” 

After going Number One with 2020’s “Can’t Help Myself” (with Dean Brody), The Recklaws went viral on TikTok last year with “What the Truck” — ultimately becoming the most streamed Canadian Country song ever released during a one-week period and the fastest-ever Canadian Country song to go GOLD in the streaming era (under 16 weeks). They won two 2021 CCMA Awards, and up for two more at the 2022 JUNO Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys) Group of Duo of the Year and Country Album of the Year.

After releasing “Fishin’ On a River” in February, Owen has spent the last week teasing some new music — apparently titled “Up There Down Here.”