Jake Owen show region's hottest ticket

Country singer Jake Owen spent the summer as the opening act for Keith Urban and will be headlining a show at the Sasser Flea Market on Saturday.

Country singer Jake Owen spent the summer as the opening act for Keith Urban and will be headlining a show at the Sasser Flea Market on Saturday.

SASSER -- Dee West doesn't need hype to sell Saturday's concert at the Sasser Flea Market and Antique Mall. The name of the headliner's doing that for her.

Red-hot country star Jake Owen, whose hit "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" was a staple on country radio this summer, will headline the Sasser show that includes regional acts Landis Frier, Stephen Harrell and the Dusty Boots Band, and Highway 55.

And West said Monday she's never had a show generate as much excitement.

"I'll go ahead and say it. This is going to be our biggest concert ever," West said. "Jake is probably the most popular artist of the moment that we've ever had. We've had great artists perform before, but none were as popular as Jake is right now. We're fortunate to have him."

The Sasser Flea Market owner/manager said good fortune played into booking one of country's hottest rising stars.

"We were really lucky to book him back when ('Barefoot Blue Jean Night') was just coming out," she said. "His album (of the same name) wasn't even out yet when we signed him to do this show."

Then the platinum-selling "Barefoot" hit, and West's show became the region's must-have ticket of the year.

"We've sold more tickets at this point than for any show we've ever had here," she said. "And we really expect things to take off this week. Where else is anyone going to get a $20 ticket for one of the hottest young singers of the day?

"Fans won't have to pay the $50 Jake's usually getting now at his shows, and they can bring their own drinks and coolers and just have a great time."

Frier, who has been in Nashville writing songs and working in the music industry for the better part of the year, said he's excited to be on the bill with Owen.

"First of all, Jake's a cool guy, a regular guy like most of the folks from around here," Frier said in a phone conversation from his Nashville home. "We met in Key West and had a chance to talk while taking a shuttlebus from our hotel to a show. He's a straightforward guy.

"Plus, it's always great when you have an opportunity to showcase your songs for someone who can get them on the radio. I enjoy playing at Sasser; believe me, I've played at a lot smaller venues, at some of the smallest places in Georgia. When you can share the stage with someone like Jake, it doesn't matter where you're playing."

Advance tickets for Saturday's show, which are $20, are available at the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, Homerun Foods stores and Blush in Albany; at Leesburg Flowers and Gifts; at Cuttin' Up Salon in Americus; at The Warehouse in Dawson, and at the Sasser Flea Market, located 9 miles west of the Albany Mall on U.S. Highway 82. Day-of-the-show tickets are $25.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. Saturday, and Highway 55 is scheduled to start the music at 7. Stephen Harrell and the Dusty Boots Band are scheduled to play at 8 p.m., Frier at 9 and Owen at 10.

For additional information, call (229) 698-4578 or (229) 894-4612.