> Jake Owen at Clarke County Fair


I have a confession: Before I went to CMA Fest in Nashville in June, I didn't know the difference between Jake Owen and Luke Bryan. Both were playing Friday night at LP Field, but it was headliners Jason Aldean and Rodney Atkins I was most looking forward to seeing.

And then Jake Owen took the stage ... and I was blown away. I've been to a lot of concerts and seen a lot of charismatic performers (Michael Hutchence of INXS and Johnny Cash come to mind as the best) but I have NEVER seen anyone have so much crowd-winning, rip-roaring, contagious fun and enthusiasm as I saw from Jake Owen that night in Nashville.