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I have really been enjoying our Superstar Mini Concert Series here on Kicks 99! There have been SO many great, intimate performances—Tim McGraw, Kane Brown, Lady Antebellum, and many more. (If you’ve missed any, or if there’s one you’d like to hear again, we have an on-deman rewind of each one here.)

Today’s (May 29), is the one I’ve been most looking forward to: Jake Owen! Jake is one of my top ten favorite country artists, and has been since day one (way before I worked in radio.)

Jake puts on an incredible live show, and I was SO bummed when his concert in March at the Miller Theater got cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was going to be an acoustic show, and I’m really hoping it gets rescheduled, because Jake, in my opinion, is at his best when it’s just him and his guitar. He often posts acoustic videos on his Instagram, and this one was one of my favorites:

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These mini concerts have been a cool way to connect with artists (and for them to connect with their fans) while everyone is at home and social distancing. Listening to each of these performances from home, it’s obvious that they can’t wait to be back on the road, performing live for their fans—and us fans can’t wait, either!

Jake is one of the nicest artists that I’ve gotten to meet, and here are some of my favorite memories with him…


Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, and the color pink.

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