While most artists hit the road hard during the spring and summer, Jake Owen is planning to spend most of his time at home. Jake has a handful of fair and festival dates booked each month through September, and that's by design, as he tells us: “A lot of artists is gonna tell you, 'Man, we're gonna be out there just kickin' it this year, like whatever . . .' Not me! I'm not. I want to enjoy my life this year. I'm having a child, I'm putting out a record, we have momentum with these songs. I'm at a place in life where I feel really happy and blessed and I want to keep it that way. This will be the first year that I actually am able, thankfully, financially be able to take a little time off and enjoy the birth of my new daughter, which I didn't have that opportunity when Pearl was born.”
Jake's new daughter with girlfriend Erica Hartlein is due in late spring or early summer.
He hosted an invitation-only album listening party in Nashville on Tuesday (March 12th) night, where Jake revealed the track list for his new project, called Greetings From . . . Jake. The 12-song album includes collaborations with Kid Rock and Lele Pons, and will be released on March 29th.
The album's second single,”Down To The Honkytonk,” is a Top 10 and climbing at country radio. It is also nominated for Single of the Year at next month's 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.