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Jake Owen is showing his love for the Red, White and Blue during his first-ever headlining tour, The Summer Never Ends.
Midway through a recent high-energy show at the Fillmore Silver Spring in Maryland, a barefoot Jake pulled a fan onto the stage. During a pre-show meet-and-greet, the man, whose name couldn’t be heard over the crowd’s cheers, told the star he sings Jake's 2006 song “Startin' With Me” during karaoke to pay tribute to his active military cousin, Brian, who is serving in Afghanistan. The fan showed off his vocal chops when he shared singing duties with Jake on the song before taking a solo turn, much to the delight of the audience.
“If it wasn’t for people like Brian, we couldn’t come out on a Thursday night, drink beer with our friends and sing country music,” said Jake, igniting a spontaneous, near-deafening chant of “U-S-A, U-S-A” from the audience. “This is the land of the free, my friend.”
As if that wasn’t enough to cement Jake's position in fans’ hearts, he continually reached out to his audience, tossing drumsticks and other memorabilia to lucky fans, and brought the members of his support acts—Love and Theft, and Florida Georgia Line—onto the stage to jam, most notably on a high-powered, freestyle rendition of Van Halen’s “Jump.”
“This feels so good I can’t even tell you,” said Jake, who also triggered screams when he donned a Baltimore Orioles cap toward the end of the Maryland show. “I see so many people here who have been with me since day one, coming to my show. Earlier I wasn’t feeling so good and it’s like I came out here and it was like going to the doctor and you gave me a B12 shot. I’m feelin’ damn good right now!”
Jake’s show, before the near-capacity crowd, was the second on the "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" singer's first-ever headlining tour.