Kicking off the new year, GRAMMY® nominee and reigning CMA New Artist of the Year & ACM New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen has announced additional dates and support acts Madeline Merlo and Chayce Beckham (alongside previously announced Neon Union) for his forthcoming Down Home Tour 2022. The trek begins February 3 at the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA and marks Allen’s first headline tour.
Artist presales for the new dates will begin tomorrow, January 25 at 10am local time and run through Thursday, January 27 at 10pm local time. General tickets will go on sale Friday, January 28 at 10am local time at https://www.jimmieallenmusic.com.
Allen also announces the 2nd Bettie James Fest at Hudson Fields in his hometown of Milton, DE on August 13, 2022. Consistently vocal about his deep reverence for his family, hometown, and home state, Allen established the festival last year in honor of his late grandmother (Bettie Snead) and late father (James Allen). The inaugural sold out event took place August 7, 2021. Details on tickets for this year’s festival will be announced at a later date.
Vancouver-native Madeline Merlo has already seen an impressive career, releasing a series of successful singles to Canadian Country radio – including debut “Sinking Like A Stone,” “War Paint,” “Whatcha Wanna Do About It,” “Neon Love,” “Dear Me,” and her most recent country radio Top 15 hit, “Kiss Kiss.” In April 2020, Merlo appeared on hit NBC show Songland, where her song “Champagne Night” was chosen by 7-time GRAMMY® Award-winning group Lady A and released digitally. “Champagne Night” has since topped the US country radio charts, making it Lady A’s 11th number one. Social media platform TikTok helped Merlo’s current single “It Didn’t” reach Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 chart last month. The song is available on all platforms now.
Chayce Beckham is one of the most buzzed about newcomers in Country music today, having won over millions of hearts while competing on Season 19 of American Idol. Armed with a determination to make something of himself and the unwavering support of his family, Chayce auditioned for the competition show after undergoing a particularly difficult year to ultimately become the first-ever show winner to claim the title with an original song – kickstarting his journey to fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a singer, songwriter and entertainer. The 24-year-old recently released his debut song, “23” in May 2021, with the song quickly earning the top spot on both the iTunes Country and all genre charts. Now signed to 19 Recordings in partnership with BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records and finding his home in Nashville, Chayce is ready to dig into new music and share his signature sound with his legions of fans.
Previously announced support act Neon Union – a duo comprised of Leo Brooks & Andrew Millsaps – is the inaugural artist signed to JAB Entertainment, a full-service management and production company launched by Allen alongside partners John Marks and Aaron Benward. Their first single, “Beer Up” is available now through a distribution deal with EMPIRE. They can currently be heard on the track “Livin’ Man” off Allen’s latest album Bettie James Gold Edition.
“I’m looking forward to the Down Home Tour, my first ever headlining tour. I wanted to wait awhile before headlining because I wanted the timing to be right, I didn’t want to rush it. I wanted to make sure I was ready, my band was ready, so we could give the audience what they deserve every night – which is greatness,” Allen said of the tour’s initial December 2021 announcement. “And I finally feel like my band and I are at a point where greatness is something we can achieve. To everyone that’s supported us so far on our journey, thank you. We look forward to seeing you and a bunch of our new friends on the Down Home Tour.”
2021 was a monumental year that saw Allen receive the only Country nomination in an all-genre category for the GRAMMY® Awards, release his latest star-studded collaboration album Bettie James Gold Edition, publish his first children’s book My Voice Is a Trumpet, take home the trophies for New Artist of the Year at the 55th Country Music Association Awards & Male Artist of the Year at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards, reach the quarterfinals of landmark 30th season of Dancing With The Stars, serve as Executive Music Producer for the Netflix series Titletown High, perform at the Kennedy Center Honors in tribute to Garth Brooks, launch the inaugural Bettie James Fest in his hometown of Milton, DE, and appear on Elton John’s newest album The Lockdown Sessions with the track “Beauty In The Bones,” among other professional highlights. He has been hailed by GRAMMY.com as one of the “5 Black Artists Rewriting Country Music” and has amassed more than one billion on-demand streams.
Jimmie Allen – Down Home Tour 2022 (newly announced dates in bold)
*Jimmie Allen only
**Neon Union & Madeline Merlo
***Chayce Beckham & Neon Union
≠Neon Union only
|Thursday, February 3**||West Hollywood, CA||Troubadour|
|Friday, February 4**||San Diego, CA||Moonshine Flats|
|Saturday, February 5**||Las Vegas, NV||Stoney’s Rockin’ Country|
|Friday, February 11≠||Reno, NV||Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort|
|Saturday, February 12***||Indio, CA||Spotlight 29 Showroom|
|Thursday, February 24≠||Tyler, TX||Tyler Junior College|
|Friday, February 25≠||Katy, TX||Mo’s Place|
|Saturday, February 26*||San Antonio, TX||San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo|
|Friday, March 4≠||Ft. Myers, FL||The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon|
|Saturday, March 5*||West Palm Beach, FL||Rib Roundup Music Festival|
|Friday, March 11≠||Columbus, OH||The Bluestone|
|Saturday, March 12*||Milwaukee, WI||UW Milwaukee Panther Arena|
|Friday, March 18≠||Wantagh, NY||Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall|
|Saturday, March 19≠||Charles Town, WV||The Event Center at Hollywood Casino|
|Thursday, April 21≠||Tulsa, OK||Paradise Cove Margaritaville – River Spirit Casino Resort|
|Friday, April 22≠||Wichita, KS||Orpheum Theatre|
|Saturday, April 23≠||Sioux Falls, SD||The District|
|Thursday, April 28***||Cincinnati, OH||Bogart’s|
|Friday, April 29***||Columbia, MO||The Blue Note|
|Saturday, April 30***||Madison, WI||The Sylvee|
|Thursday, May 12***||Richmond, VA||The National|
|Friday, May 13***||Norfolk, VA||The NorVa|
|Saturday, May 14***||Sayreville, NJ||Starland Ballroom|
|Saturday, May 21≠||Ft. Worth, TX||Billy Bob’s Texas|
|August 13, 2021*||Milton, DE||Hudson Fields (Bettie James Fest)|
About Jimmie Allen: Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has been blazing trails since the beginning of his breakout career. Allen is currently nominated for Best New Artist at the 64th Annual GRAMMY® Awards in 2022, his first ever GRAMMY® nomination; he is also the only Country nominee in an all-genre category. He is also an Outstanding New Artist nominee for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. Allen made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits off his 2018 debut album Mercury Lane (which The New York Times dubbed as one of 2018’s strongest) – the first being his RIAA 2x Platinum debut single “Best Shot,” which claimed the No. 1 spot on Country radio for three weeks, and second being Platinum-certified “Make Me Want To.” In July 2020, Allen released his star-studded collaboration project Bettie James that garnered a slew of critical acclaim for the music, the historic nature of various collaborations, and its subsequent place in country music history. Named for his late grandmother, Bettie Snead, and late father, James Allen, Bettie James has been hailed as an “announcement of [Allen’s] arrival” and a “huge step for country” (NPR), and “a powerful statement from a developing voice” (Billboard). On June 25, 2021, Allen released the project’s follow up album Bettie James Gold Edition. Doubling down on Allen’s expansive love for music across genres, the album “broadens country’s borders” (Billboard) and includes nine brand new songs featuring Babyface, BRELAND, Keith Urban, LANCO, Lathan Warlick, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, LOCASH, Monica, Neon Union, Pitbull, teamwork. and Vikina in addition to the previous collaborations on Bettie James with Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells and Tim McGraw. Cumulatively, the two projects have earned 432 million global streams. Allen won the both the ACM New Male Artist of the Year award and CMA New Artist of the Year award in April and November 2021, respectively. Hailed by GRAMMY.com as one of “5 Black Artists Rewriting Country Music,” he has amassed more than 1 billion on-demand streams and performed on The Kennedy Center Honors, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, TODAY, American Idol, Tamron Hall Show, Nick Cannon, The Steve Harvey Show, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Music Awards, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and more. He is a member of the 2021 Artists Committee for the 44th Kennedy Center Honors. His current single “Freedom Was A Highway” with superstar Brad Paisley is Top 10 on Country radio and last year, Allen hit the road as special guest on Paisley’s headline Tour 2021. Much like his approach to music, Allen’s other creative pursuits know no boundaries. His debut picture book, My Voice Is a Trumpet – a powerful story about speaking up for what you believe in, at any age – was published on July 13, 2021 with Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Allen also serves as Executive Music Producer for Netflix’s series Titletown High, which premiered globally on August 27, 2021. His song “Big In A Small Town” is the theme song for the series. He most recently reached the quarterfinals as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars’ landmark 30th season on ABC. Beginning February 2022, Allen will embark on his Down Home Tour 2022, his first headline tour. For more information on Allen, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com or follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.https://www.countryschatter.com/2022/01/jimmie-allen-announces-additional-dates-and-support-acts-for-down-home-tour-2022/Press ReleaseToursBettie James Gold Edition,Chayce Beckham,Down Home Tour 2022,Jimmie Allen,Madeline Merio,Neon Union
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