OFFSTAGE: Jake Owen Gets Followers to Follow Him to River

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Who does this? No one I know, that’s for sure. But Jake Owen had the guts to personally invite any and all of his 56,000 Twitter followers to spend the day on his boat. No meet-and-greet passes were necessary. He literally posted the address just southwest of downtown Nashville, saying, “Meet in grass area by 415. I’ll be there. Boat, board, towel. … And beer in hand. Cheers. Jake.” Earlier, he’d tweeted it was a possibility. “Thinking about putting the @malibuboats in the water today and going big. Home in Nash for a few hours. Anyone wanna go? Let’s do this,” he wrote. From the picture he posted after the impromptu redneck yacht club hang, it looks like about a dozen fans took Owen up on his offer. Had all 56,000 shown up, he would’ve needed a much bigger boat.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.