Listen as Jimmie Allen talks with Mad Dawg about how he got into music and the obstacles he overcame to get into the country genre.
Jimmie says, “I grew up in Milton, Delaware, and I always wanted to do music my entire life. My mom listened to nothing but Christian music, dad listened to nothing but country music. I always fell in love with the story aspect of the country side, the guitars of the rock side, and the melodies of the pop and R&B stuff.”
He explains that in 2007, “I was too pop for country then, and too country for pop.” He almost received a record deal from a pop label but was told, “You can’t talk about your small town, and you got to lose your boots.” Jimmie declined the offer.
When he was confused on what to do next Jimmie shares his dad advice, “Write what you want to write son…being country isn’t about how many feelings you put in your song. For us we believe country is who you are as a person…”
He also talks about what’s coming up next for him and the story behind his single “Best Shot.”
Jimmie is excited to head home and play the state fair with Toby Keith, “If you grow up in Delaware, one of your dreams if you’re a musician, is to play the state fair.”
Before he sings his hit song “Best Shot” he talks about how the song came to be, “I wanted to write a song that for me was honest about being a man in a relationship and making mistakes, and realizing you made mistakes. Sometimes when it’s too late, or while you’re still in a relationship, that the person you’re with makes you better.” He dives deeper and says “On another level, it’s about just searching yourself and trying to find ways to be a better person.”