Jake Owen underwent surgery in Nashville yesterday after breaking his collarbone in a snowboarding accident on Friday the 13th while in Crested Butte, CO for the BMI Songwriter’s Festival. Jake shared the story via Twitter and with GAC’s Storme Warren. “Man, it wasn’t like I was doing anything crazy,” he said. “That’s why this is such a freak accident but the reality is if you’re not falling, you’re not learning.”
Jake caught a flight back to Nashville as soon as possible. where his doctor confirmed he’d suffered multiple fractures in his collarbone and recommended surgery immediately. Because of the recovery time and weeks of rehabilitation, Jake had to reschedule his January tour dates. His doctors said they expect him to make a full recovery.
“I’m so bummed that I have to postpone some shows but I promise you this, I’ll be back out on the road as soon as possible,” he said. “I probably won’t be able to hold a guitar for a while but I can still perform.”
Last night, Jake tweeted the photo above, saying “I’m out y’all. Took longer than expected. I’m a lil groggy but I’ll b back at it soon. Thanks for all your kind words.”
Jake’s sold-out shows originally scheduled for January 18 and 19 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, IL have already been rescheduled for April 18 and 19. The shows originally scheduled for January 20 and 21 at Island Resort & Casino in Harris, MI have been rescheduled for April 20 and 21.
The last time Jake wore a sling proved to be life-changing. He first picked up a guitar and writing songs while he was recovering from reconstructive shoulder surgery following a wake boarding accident. “If it weren’t for that wake boarding accident, I might not even be a singer/songwriter today,” he said.
Catch Jake and Storme Warren’s interview prior to Jake’s accident on the latest episode of Headline Country, airing tomorrow, January 19, at 9/8 CT right here on GAC!