Jimmie Allen brought his rousing single “Down Home” to The Late Late Show, delivering a performance that drew cheers from the studio audience. The Best New Artist Grammy nominee offered an impassioned rendition of the blues-infused track, which pays tribute to his late father.
Allen released “Down Home” last month via Stoney Creek Records/BBR Music Group and gave a performance of it at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards, which he co-hosted with Gabby Barrett and Dolly Parton. The song is the lead single from his upcoming third album, Tulip Drive, set for release June 24. It was co-written by Allen, Cameron Bedell, Rian Ball, and Tate Howell and is intended as a letter to Allen’s father James. “I hope I’m making you proud/’Cause I know you’re up there looking down home,” he sings.
Last year, the Nashville-based singer was named CMA New Artist of the Year. In addition to his awards-show accolades, Allen published the children’s book My Voice Is a Trumpet in 2021 and released an updated version of his Bettie James project that featured the hit collaboration “Freedom Was a Highway” with Brad Paisley.
Allen is currently on his Down Home Tour, which kicked off in February. The tour wraps up May 13 in Norfolk, Virginia. Joining Allen for most dates is the duo Neon Union, who are signed to Allen’s newly launched production and management company, JAB Entertainment.