Before his name was at the top of the marquee, Jake Owen opened concerts for some of the biggest names in country!

And he candidly tells Larry King Now he was never afraid put on a better show than the big guy on the ticket.

“As an opening act, all you wanna do is absolutely crush every other person that you’re playing with,” Jake says. “And you want to step on the headliners. All you wanna do is go out there completely try to one-up the guys who’s name’s on the ticket.”

Before his current Days of Gold Tour, Jake opened for Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney just to name a few.

He adds performing to his best ability as an opening act helped the overall show.

Jake continues his tour on tonight (Thursday) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with the Cadillac Three and Parmalee.