THU, SEP 13, 2018, 7:30 PM
350 S 1st St
Jacksonville OR 97530
Every artist has his or her sweet spot. For Jake Owen, it's all-American nostalgia. No artist is more adept at summoning those times when a sunny day, good friends, and maybe a cold drink were all you needed to feel forever blessed. Now reunited with Joey Moi, the producer of his star-making album Barefoot Blue Jean Night, Jake is recording the country-music soundtrack of summers past and those still to come.
The multi-Number One artist and ACM Award winner is also launching a high-profile tour and unveiling an unforgettable new single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," his first release for Big Loud Records.
"It's been revitalizing. Making music with Joey is all about recording songs that reflect who I am," Jake says of his creative rebirth. "I've seen the negative side of life and the positive side—and I really like the positive side. I want my songs to put a smile on your face."
With "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," Jake evokes the most golden of memories: a warm-weather romance set to one of rock & roll's essential songs, John Mellencamp's "Jack & Diane." Based around the 1982 hit's iconic melody, Jake both pays homage to and boldly reinvents the classic-rock staple.
"I never release a song without the intention of stepping up to the plate and knocking it out of the park," he says of "I Was Jack." "When I first heard the song, I thought, 'How can I do this and re-create what is already a classic song?' But the more I listened to it, the more I saw my own life growing up. The original 'Jack & Diane' was about 'two American kids growing up in the heartland' and that image is exactly what so many country songs are based on."
Along with "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," Jake has recorded a trio of radio-ready new tracks for his upcoming album. The breezy "Something to Ride To" celebrates hanging with his buddies at his Tennessee farm, "Made for You" is an old-fashioned love song, and one of the lyrics to the steel-heavy "Down to the Honky Tonk" provides the title to Jake's summer tour: the Life's Whatcha Make It Tour.
The trek features opening acts Chris Janson and Jordan Davis and will hit baseball parks around the country. It's a full-circle moment for Jake, who last year helped dedicate a children's ball field bearing his name in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL.
"Growing up a baseball fan, this is really cool for me," he says. "When people come to our shows, there's these good vibes that everyone has. I love that and I think baseball parks provide that too. I'm fired up!"
Opening act TBD