From a small town to the lights of Sin City, Jake Owen is going to experience it all this weekend. Over a 48-hour period, he will have played in the tiny Wyoming town of Pinedale (population 2,030) and then head to Las Vegas -- for his first time since the October 1 fatal shootings during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He says both towns have their wonder about them, but playing the Wyoming date is something that intrigued him.
“It’s a cool thing,” Owen said of his Thursday night performance -- a celebration of the fact that Polaris off-road vehicles honored Pinedale, Wyoming, with the title of “RANGER Country™ USA” and hosted a celebration for residents of Sublette County. It’s not often that such a small town gets to play host to a country superstar, and Owen said he couldn’t wait to get there.
“Flying in here, I realized how you realize that there’s not really a lot going on out here. But I love that kind of thing. Growing up in Florida, this sort of landscape is great to see. Then, there’s the whole aspect of the town winning it through Polaris, and us coming out and playing is a lot of fun. I love coming to small towns like this and playing for people. I know this is something that they don’t get all the time -- and I know it’s not the kind of place that I would play all the time. Combine those two parts together, and it’s a cool thing."