Jimmie Allen keeps the family theme alive with ‘Tulip Drive’
Jimmie Allen is once again returning to his roots. He announced a new album titled tulip reader Monday (April 4), and the project takes its name from the street where his late grandmother spent her childhood.
Paying homage to family memories is something of a theme for Allen, who named his debut, Mercury Wayafter the street where he grew up, and his betty james project after his grandmother, Bettie Snead, and his father, James “Big Jim” Allen. Both are tributes to people who are no longer living: Allen’s grandmother died in 2014 and his father died in 2019.
The project’s first single, “Down Home”, is also a tribute to his father. He performed the song on stage at the ACM Awards in March, also using the time to celebrate his mother’s birthday.
In a statement, Allen explains that “Down Home” is an indicator of more deeply personal songs to come out of tulip reader. “It’s the first album where a lot of the songs are actually written based on a lot of my own personal life experiences – relationships, life struggles, parties and good times,” he notes. .
Specifically, many tracks will deal with the lessons he learned with the help of his grandmother. “I wanted to pay homage to him by naming this album tulip readerbased on the street she lived in Lewes, Del.”, the singer adds.
Allen will share more details about the new album in an upcoming CBS Matinees interview, scheduled for April 11. The project is due out in its entirety on June 24. Meanwhile, he’s currently on the road for his first-ever headlining Down Home Tour, which continues through spring and culminates August 13 with a performance at Allen’s Bettie James Fest.