Rising star Jimmie Allen sends a message up to heaven with his touching new single, “Down Home,” releasing the autobiographic anthem at his big ACM Awards breakout. The swaying track is written like a letter to his late father, who passed away in 2019.
Co-written by Allen with Cameron Bedell, Rian Ball and Tate Howell, “Down Home” is the lead single from Allen’s upcoming third album, and a powerful mix of grief and gratitude. Checking in with his dad to catch him up on things that have changed — and things that never will — Allen sings of starting his own family but staying true to his raising. He promises to work hard and just hopes his father would be proud, and all along, an inspiring country rock sound backs him up.
“Down home / Oh, you know mama’s still cooking / Them down home grits / I promise I’m working / With this guitar about as hard as I can / I met a girl, bought a house, put a nice little payment / Down home is still where my heart is / This down home kid is just how you left him / I still hate that you’re gone / I wish you were here / But I hope I’m making you proud / ‘Cause I know you’re up there looking down home,” goes the heartfelt chorus.
Obviously full of soul and personal power, Allen performed the song for the first time at the 57th annual ACM Awards on Monday (March 7), which he also co-hosted with Dolly Parton and Gabby Barrett. The performance included a touching shoutout from Allen to both his mother and father.
If you’d like to see him sing it in person, Jimmie Allen is currently out on his first solo headline tour — the Down Home Tour – and he’s still got more awards shows to hit.
Allen is nominated for Best New Artist at the 64th annual GRAMMY Awards on April 3 (the only Country nominee in the all-genre category), and has earned an Outstanding New Artist nomination at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.