Celebrating his debut album release, Jimmie Allen headed to Nash FM 94.7 Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 in NYC to play songs from Mercury Lane. Joined on stage by a guitar player, a bass player as well as a percussionist, Allen performed “Blue Jean Baby”, “Warrior”, and “Back of Your Mind” before chatting with Nash FM 94.7 DJ’s Katie Neal and Jesse Addy. Allen did plenty of joking around, praising his favorite football team, the Superbowl champions, The Eagles but he became serious when they asked about his time living out of his car in Nashville. “I was faced with a decision to make, do I go back to Delaware, and do what, who knows, or do I just live in my car for a little bit,” he explained. “My grandmom always taught me, obstacles come, and that’s fine, but it’s about realizing how you are going to get past it”. He told the inspiring story of his time before the fame allowing fans, and listeners in on the struggles he has faced in the past.
One of Nash FM 94.7 Stage 17’s traditions is to have each artist look into the camera and talk to their future selves, something the station hopes to play back for them one day when they are about to play downstairs, at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden. They call these segments “Garden Goals” and Allen laughed as he stared straight into the camera and simply said “Hey Jimmie, don’t suck” with a big thumbs up.
A highlight of his Up Close and Country set was when he mashed up a few of his favorite songs, stripping them down and making them his own. The mashup included “You’re Gonna Miss This”, “Don’t Blink”, “Here Without You”, and “Lucky Man”. “Ever since I was eight years old I wanted to have a song on country radio, I can now say that that’s a reality,” he said with gratitude as he thanked Nash FM 94.7 for playing his current single “Best Shot”, and thanked his entire team for their support. Watch the full live video below.
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