Jake Owen

What a difference a few years make!

Back in 2012, country singer/songwriter Jake Owen was the Thursday night main stage entertainer at the Washington Town & Country Fair, but this year he returns as Saturday night’s main performer.

He’ll take the Fair’s main stage Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9:30 p.m., as part of his “Life’s Whatcha Make It” tour, following performances by opening acts Jordan Davis at 7:15 p.m. and Chris Janson at 8 p.m.

Owen is an ACM award-winner and has had six No. 1 singles to date, including the two-times Platinum anthem “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Platinum certified hits “Beachin’,” “Alone With You,” “The One That Got Away,” and Gold-certified “American Country Love Song.”

His fifth studio album “American Love,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart.

His newest single, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” which was released in March, can be heard daily on radio stations.

With “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” Jake evokes the most golden of memories: a warm-weather romance set to one of rock ’n’ roll’s essential songs, John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane.”

Based around the 1982 hit’s iconic melody, Owens both pays homage to and boldly reinvents the classic-rock staple.

“I never release a song without the intention of stepping up to the plate and knocking it out of the park,” says Owen. “When I first heard ‘I Was Jack (You Were Diane),’ I thought, ‘How can I do this and re-create what is already a classic song?’ But the more I listened to it, the more I saw my own life growing up.

“The original ‘Jack & Diane’ was about ‘two American kids growing up in the heartland’ and that image is exactly what so many country songs are based on. Plus, the most important thing to me and my team is that we sent the song to Mellencamp and he digs the track. Getting his stamp of approval sealed the deal for me that this song should be our debut single.”

‘Real Country’

This fall, Owen will team up with multi-platinum, five-time Grammy Award-winning trailblazer Shania Twain for a new country music showcase series on USA Network.

The eight-part “Real Country” is filming this summer in Nashville.

In each hour-long episode, Twain and Owen hand-select emerging solo artists, duos and groups to perform in showcases that spotlight the rich traditions, songs, and themes of specific country genres. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music’s next breakout acts.

Anyone interested in being invited to perform on one of “Real Country’s” showcases can apply at realcountry.castingcrane.com or via email at RealCountry@castingduo.com.

To read an interview that The Missourian did with Owen back in 2012 prior to the Fair, go to www.emissourian.com/features_people/feature_stories/thursday-at-the-fair-will-be-a-barefoot-blue-jean/article_3ce8b588-d81d-11e1-a83c-0019bb2963f4.html.

Chris Janson

Country artist and prolific singer/songwriter Chris Janson’s new single “Drunk Girl” is already drawing praise from fans and critics alike. The “heart-piercing ballad” (People) follows No. 1 singles “Fix a Drink” and his debut album’s Platinum-certified smash “Buy Me a Boat.”

Janson has also penned chart-topping hits for artists including Tim McGraw, LoCash and more.

Lauded for his “infectious” (Billboard) performances, the electrifying multi-instrumentalist is sure to put on a great show.

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis has been named an “Artist to Watch” by Billboard, Rolling Stone, CMT, Pandora, Shazam, Amazon Music, Sounds Like Nashville, The Tennessee Whiskey Riff and more.

Davis’ debut single “Singles You Up” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in April. His current single, “Take It From Me,” was released in early May.