Jake Owen paid tribute to the love shared between his grandparents and their seven-decade marriage. The country singer chronicled their love story in a music video and short film for his 2019 hit “Homemade.”
Owen released both a 13-minute short film and a music video for the project. In the film, Owen plays his grandfather, Bryan Yancey, when he was a young man in the 1940s. Bryan Yancey spent almost a decade in a courtship with Jean Martin before the two married.
“My grandfather grew up in a time where things weren’t easy,” Jake Owen told The Tennessean, “in the Great Depression. [He had] to work hard and earn things. Having a family, it was the American dream. A healthy, successful family where you could watch your kids grow up and be proud of them.
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“For me, being a singer-songwriter, I can get drawn into this world of smoke-and-mirrors, non-reality sometimes,” Owens said. “Their story … it’s a reminder of the beauty of life and the beauty of love.”
Bryan Yancey saw Jean at her house by happenstance when hitch-hiking through Kentucky to his university in 1940. He took a picture of the house and wrote a postcard to the address with the picture. He asked if he could stop by for a visit next time he was in the area.
That was the start of a nearly 10-year courtship. In 1942, Bryan Yancey joined the Army in the last days of WWII. While deployed, he thought Jean married another man. But upon returning home, he discovered she was still single living in her home town.
The couple married in 1948 and have been together ever since for 72 years. They now live in Florid where they raised four children and welcomed six great-great-grandchildren.
“My grandparents just have the utmost respect for one another,” Jake Owen said. “Don’t get me wrong. They don’t always agree on everything. But one thing that they do always agree on is the love they have for each other and the love they have for their family.”
[H/T: The Tennessean]