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Party-starter Jake Owen wants more

Party-starter Jake Owen wants more

With a string of No. 1 hits at country radio in recent years, Jake Owen has earned the right to steer his career.

So when it came to designing the set of his Days of Gold Tour this year, the 33-year-old singer-songwriter filled the stage with tiki bars, nautical ropes and palm trees. Owen wanted it to look like Riverside Cafe — a bar located on the Indian River in his hometown of Vero Beach, Fla. — for sentimental reasons, and not just because they cook “a good fish sandwich.”

“It's the place that really embraced me when I started playing guitar,” Owen said on the phone recently from Missouri while on the road. “I would go there and...