Jimmie Allen is on his way to super stardom. The Delaware native has just released his debut record Mercury Lane and already he is the topic of everyone’s conversation.
Jimmie made his UK debut supporting Chase Rice at Bush Hall in London on Tuesday 23rd October. The buzz surrounding the hall was electrifying as his fans excitedly waited for his set. Jimmie is awesome, a natural born performer, he is one of the coolest people around but isn’t afraid to show his softer side. Ask him about Harry Potter or Disney and his face will light up.
Jimmie took to the stage with his guitarist Josh as they began an acoustic set which started with his hit Blue Jean Baby. Not playing to a set list, Jimmie chose the songs to play as he went along. Noticing a fan on the front row with a birthday badge, Jimmie and the whole of Bush Hall sang Happy Birthday to her.
Jimmie’s debut album Mercury Lane is already a favourite amongst UK fans and it was only released ten days ago – fans had already learned all the words. Songs such as Underdogs were very well received with a loud sing along. Jimmie looked in his element. Surprised by the amount of fans he had already gained here, Jimmie was continuously grateful.
With more songs off his album which all have the potential to be a hit, he closed his set with Best Shot you could see that he wanted play all night and that the fans wanted him to too.
Jimmie is a fun performer and really engages with his crowd. His set was headline worthy, he could have easily have been the headliner – so many people were there for him and his performance was top form. I certainly would have paid just to see him. It won’t be long at all before Jimmie is selling out places like Shepherds Bush Empire and gaining a main stage slot on the O2 Arena stage at C2C Festival.
Let’s hope Jimmie makes the UK a regular stop. I am definitely craving another show.
Review by Hannah Compton