Jake Owen has been forced to cancel the rest of his January tour dates following surgery today (Jan. 17) to mend a broken collarbone he sustained in a snowboarding accident.
Owen was in Crested Butte, CO attending the BMI Songwriter’s Festival and crashed on the mountain Friday, Jan. 13 after hitting a 17 inch block of ice. The 30 year old singer is expected to make a full recovery, but his progress during rehab will determine when he will be able to start performing again.
Owen told Storme Warren, who was covering the songwriting event, “Man, it wasn’t like I was doing anything crazy. That’s why this is such a freak accident but the reality is if you’re not falling, you’re not learning.”
Owen was taken to the ER in Colorado and then to Nashville orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Dovan who confirmed multiple fractures in Owen’s collarbone and recommended surgery the following day.
“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,” said Owen. “I probably won’t be able to hold a guitar for a while but I can still perform.”
Owen’s shows from Jan. 18 and 19 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, IL have already been rescheduled for April 18 and 19, and the Island Resort & Casino shows from Jan. 20 and 21 have been rescheduled for April 20 and 21.
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