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Jimmie Allen "Down Home" Song Review

GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Jimmie Allen released his new single "Down Home" on March 8th, 2022. This release has been long-awaited by fans of the singer; he has been teasing this song on his various social media platforms since January. The Delaware native debuted the song at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, which streamed worldwide exclusively on Prime Video. In addition to his performance, he was nominated for Male Artist of the Year and co-hosted the awards with fellow rising artist Gabby Barrett and country icon Dolly Parton.

"Down Home" was produced by the artist and Ash Bowers, and he co-wrote the song with

Cameron Bedell, Rian Ball, and Tate Howell. Sonically, this track blends influences from

country, pop, and rock genres. Its introduction combines country instrumentation with nostalgic soft rock undertones reminiscent of tracks from the 2000s. Allen's sentimental vocal delivery compliments the instrumental well and shows fans how personal this song is to him.

Lyrically, “Down Home” is a heartfelt tribute to the singer’s late father James - who passed away in 2019; his most recent record Bettie James Gold Edition is also a tribute. The storytelling of this track unfolds in a way similar to a prayer or a conversation. Allen reminds his father that he is missed, comforts him with an update on how the singer and his family are doing, and reassures his father that he is in a better place. “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 lookin' down home.”