May 13, 2009 — The old adage in the music business is that winter is made for ballads and country is perfect for happy, zippy material, and Jack Ingram has tossed his hat into the ring to have one of the most appropriate songs of the season this summer.
"Barefoot & Crazy" popped into the Country Aircheck Top 30 this week, and the single is showing signs already that it could develop into one of the biggest hits of his career.
"To me, it's the ultimate escape and something anyone can pull off," Jack says. "It feels good. It comes from a sweet spot. It delivers on that break everybody needs, and it's just about the right kind of fun as a record, too."
Jack had to deliver the right stuff creatively, but it helps that the song has the ability to let people escape reality for just a bit.
"Sometimes," Jack says, "the20time is right. Sometimes it's the exact vibe people need. There's a lot of heavy stuff going on in the world right now, and I think we could all use a little bit of getting footloose and crazy. Doesn't matter who you are, either; anyone can gas up their car and just get away."
Las Vegas is one of America's greatest escape destinations, and when Jack was there last month, he took part in the taping of "George Strait: Academy Of Country Music Artist Of The Decade." Slated for a May 27 airdate, the CBS special will also feature Sugarland, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and John Rich.