Country star Jake Owen has opted to expand the scope of his Down to the Tiki Tonk acoustic tour, adding a new opening act to his limited run of headlining dates.
Singer-songwriter Scotty Emerick will now join already-announced opener Larry Fleet on Owen’s acoustic lineup, bringing another dimension of country storytelling and hit songs to the run. A fellow native of Owen’s hometown in Vero Beach, Florida, Emerick has co-written hits including Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” and “As Good As I Once Was,” plus fan favorite cuts by George Strait, Kenny Chesney and others. He also recently took part in Owen’s “Homemade” charity concert event, which featured Jimmy Buffett and raised money for local causes through The Jake Owen Foundation.
“I’ve been a big fan of Scotty for a long time, and something people may not realize is that when I just started out singing and writing songs, I looked up to Scotty, also a Vero Beach native,” Owen says in a statement. “I got to watch someone from the same small town in Florida carve out his own path in the music industry and it inspired me in my own career. It felt like maybe it could be possible for me too, since he was able to live out his dream. To date, Scotty is still one of my favorite songwriters and singers, and someone I look up to musically. I am a huge fan of his and can’t wait for other people to be inspired as well by him.”
Owen’s Down to the Tiki Tonk Tour kicks off February 14 in Des Moines, Iowa, and includes eight concerts in total. The stripped down affair will find the “Down to the Honkytonk” singer delivering his hits and new material in listening-room fashion, playing solo with just his guitar for support. He’ll then join Lady Antebellum’s Ocean 2020 Tour starting May 21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jake Owen’s Down to the Tiki Tonk Tour dates:
February 14 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
February 15 – West Lafayette, IN – Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue University
February 27 – Green Bay, WI – Meyer Theatre
February 28 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre
March 6 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theater
March 7 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
March 14 – Augusta, GA – Miller Theater – Brian J. Marks Hall
March 15 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theater