Jake Owen

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Jake Owen may not be a name in the cross-over music mainstream when it comes to the country music scene, but that hasn’t stopped Owen from garnering eight #1 songs, multiple #1 albums, and a 2-time platinum track since his start in 2006. Born and raised in Florida, Jake Owen taught himself to play guitar while recovering from a wakeboarding injury during college. Eventually teaching himself enough to want to perform at a campus bar and ultimately, pursuing a career in music. After moving to Nashville, Owen wrote for other artists but ultimately began recording and performing under his own name including his debut single “Yee Haw” which peaked at 16 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The chart-topping entertainer’s latest album, GREETINGS FROM…JAKE, garnered Owen’s eighth #1 hit and debuted with more than 154,000 album equivalents. The singer/songwriter continues to earn acclaim, with critics praising GREETINGS FROM…JAKE as a “country-grounded odyssey” (Billboard) that “unveils new layers of his artistry” (Sounds Like Nashville). GREETINGS FROM…JAKE, follows hit albums AMERICAN LOVE, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #4 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart, and the chart-topping album BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, which produced four consecutive #1 hits including his 2X Platinum anthem title track “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” as well as the Platinum-certified hits “Beachin’,” “Anywhere With You,” “Alone With You,” and “The One That Got Away.” With new music on the way, Jake will be hitting the road this summer and you can check out his dates here.

Watch: “Made For You” official music video.

Sounds Like: Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

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Gear: Regular Slinky and Power Slinky electric guitar strings and Everlast 80/20 Medium Bronze acoustic strings.

Don Broco

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Destroying predictability with hard-hitting exciting riffs is the rock band Don Broco. Hailing from the UK, the first two studio albums fostered tremendous success for the band breaking into the UK Top 10 and 2018’s Technology reaching the top 5. Trusting their gut with breaking the molds of traditional songwriting, Don Broco pushed themselves to new heights by leaning into “if it feels good it stays”, which opened the door to supporting tours with Bring Me The Horizon, YouMeAtSix, and OneOKRock and festivals such as Reading and Leads, Kerrang! and Slam Dunk Fest. Wanting to pick up where they left off the band dropped a new single titled “Manchester Super Reds No1 Fan ” cloning soccer legend David Beckham. Don Broco has honed in their signature sound of massive hooks and addictive melodies while continuing to dominate. check out the official music video above.

Watch: Official music video for “Manchester Super Red No. 1 Fan

Sounds Like: Enter Shikari, letlive. We Are The Ocean 

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

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Gear: Skinny Top Heavy Bottom, Not Even Slinky, and Skinny Top Heavy Bottom 8-string electric guitar strings, and Ernie Ball Hybrid Stainless Steel Bass strings (with individual .130).

The Wonder Years

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Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years has been synonymous with the pop-punk/indie punk scene since essentially their formation in 2006, but it wasn’t until the release of their second full-length album, The Upsides, that they really took the scene in one massive wave. Through poetic lyricism, ambient guitar swells, and Death Cab levels of crashing momentum, the band truly transforms and transcends. A band that could easily strip down to their acoustic guitars in an intimate setting, or creates a frenzy of stage dives and high-fives. Over the years, the PA natives have hit the road essentially non-stop including multiple Warped Tour jaunts, Slam Dunk Fest, countless headlining tours around the globe, and more, ultimately allowing the guys to expand their sound to venture out from pop-punk icons to indie rock heavyweights.

Watch: Official music video for “Came Out Swinging

Sounds Like: New Found Glory, Saves The Day, The Get Up Kids

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

Follow: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Gear: Regular Slinky, Power Slinky, and Mammoth Slinky electric guitar strings, Power Slinky, Beefy Slinky, and Super Slinky bass strings, and Earthwood Medium Light Phosphor Bronze acoustic strings.

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