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Allen starts hometown fest

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – Jimmie Allen is returning to his hometown roots with the announcement of Bettie James Fest, his own music festival in his hometown of Milton, Del. on Aug. 7 at Hudson Fields.

The inaugural line-up features Allen headlining and special guests DJ Jazzy Jeff, Neon Union, Hero the Band, Chuck Wicks and Chase Martin. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. eastern.

Like his release, "Bettie James," released July 2020, the festival is named for his late grandmother (Bettie Snead) and late father (James Allen). "I'm hoping their memory lives on through this festival," Allen said.

Allen most recently won the ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year and performed his current hit single "Freedom Was A Highway" with Brad Paisley at the Awards on April 18. The song is on "Bettie James," which featured Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells and Tim McGraw.

"I am a fan of every artist on this project and humbled to have each one of them be a part of it," Allen has said previously of his various collaboration partners on 'Bettie James'. "Each artist has touched the life of my dad, my grandmother and me through their music."

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