The country singer joins us on Biscuits & Jam.

By Sid Evans
November 10, 2020
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About Biscuits & Jam:  In the South, talking about food is personal. It’s a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living, will sit down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they’ve been shaped by Southern culture. Sid will take us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.

Episode 22: November 10, 2020

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Jimmie Allen was born and raised in Delaware, but his family introduced him to both country music and church music at an early age. He moved to Nashville in 2007, but struggled before his big break – at one point, living in his car. Now in 2020, he’s got a critically-acclaimed EP  titled ​Bettie James—named for his father and grandmother—which finds Jimmie dueting with Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Mickey Guyton. One cut in particular, “This Is Us” featuring Noah Cyrus, has become one of Jimmie’s most popular tracks on Spotify. It’s about a love that never quite happened earlier in life, supported by a melody you can’t forget.

On Growing up in Milton, Delaware

“Growing up in Delaware was cool. You got the best of both worlds. My town was super small. ​We did the country thing, but at the same time, it was close to the beach.”

On the Cook in His Family

My dad was the cook.…And he could cook everything. He could make steak, spaghetti, lasagna from scratch and he would cook the fish we caught. You name it, he could cook it.”

On Being a Disney Fan

“I'm all about it. ​Disney and Universal are life. But I love it. We go down to Orlando to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with family. It's a tradition. Disney is a way for families to come together…​I'm a classic Disney fan. My favorite Disney ride is Carousel of Progress.”

On the Church’s Influence

I grew up going to church all the time, and would sing with my mom and my sister. It's when I first started singing. I was a drummer at first, and then I started playing piano at church, and that was kind of when I fell in love with not only singing, but performing.”

On His Dad’s Love of Country Music

“Dad loved country music. That's all he listened to…He introduced me to it, it was how I found out about the Grand Ole Opry. He loved the stories in the music. I think it reminded him of where we were from, where we lived.”

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