15 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It takes a certain kind of gumption to follow your heart. Despite being told by LA music executives to “lose [his] boots” and leave country music behind, Jimmie Allen didn’t give in to how others saw—or heard—him. He followed his passion for pop-country from 2017’s self-titled EP to his full-length debut, Mercury Lane, summarizing that struggle in “All Tractors Ain’t Green.” The song’s slow tempo bursts when Allen wryly sings, “Might go against the grain of that country boy model.” Elsewhere, he builds in moody electronic touches and R&B rhythms on tracks like “American Heartbreaker,” “Like You Do,” and “Back of Your Mind,” shifting his country sound into sultry territory while playing on subjects familiar to genre traditionalists—namely winning, then losing, the girl.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It takes a certain kind of gumption to follow your heart. Despite being told by LA music executives to “lose [his] boots” and leave country music behind, Jimmie Allen didn’t give in to how others saw—or heard—him. He followed his passion for pop-country from 2017’s self-titled EP to his full-length debut, Mercury Lane, summarizing that struggle in “All Tractors Ain’t Green.” The song’s slow tempo bursts when Allen wryly sings, “Might go against the grain of that country boy model.” Elsewhere, he builds in moody electronic touches and R&B rhythms on tracks like “American Heartbreaker,” “Like You Do,” and “Back of Your Mind,” shifting his country sound into sultry territory while playing on subjects familiar to genre traditionalists—namely winning, then losing, the girl.

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About Jimmie Allen

Arriving in the wake of Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett's pioneering modern R&B and country fusion, Jimmie Allen adheres to a similar glossy sound that emphasizes melody and grooves in equal measure. This slick, assured style was showcased on his 2017 debut EP.

Prior to releasing the EP, Allen worked behind the scenes in the country music industry in Nashville. He moved there from his native Delaware and started working as a songwriter, landing a few publishing deals; one of his songs appeared in a Super Bowl commercial.

Allen signed with BBR's subsidiary Stoney Creek Records in August 2017 and released "Blue Jean Baby," which was the first single from his self-titled debut EP. Released late in 2017, the EP was produced by Ash Browers and Eric Torres. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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