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Jimmie Allen Teams With Keith Urban On Our Song of the Day

5 April 2022 | 3:57 pm | Mallory Arbour

'Boy Gets A Truck' reflects on one’s own upbringing and the role that a truck played in your life.

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Our Song of the Day is Boy Gets A Truck by multi-platinum recording artist Jimmie Allen featuring our Artist of the Week and all-around superstar Keith Urban.

Written by Ash Bowers and Aaron Scherz, the song reflects on one’s own upbringing and the role that a truck played in your life. Allen tells a story with a truck being the focal point connecting memories of his life, family, and love.

Allen says “A funny thing about Boy Gets a Truck is Keith Urban did a version of it first, then I did my own version. And I was like, ‘Come on, Keith!’ I shot him a text like, ‘What if we do Boy Gets a Truck together?’ And he was like, ‘Sure, let’s do it!’ It was super cool to do it with Keith – we took a mixture of his version and a mixture of my version, changed it up a little bit. I feel like it’s more of an anthem now. I can’t wait to play it on the road – hopefully I can play it a couple times with Keith."

Boy Gets A Truck is a song that both Allen and Urban have recorded solo before. It was first covered by Allen on his album Mercury Lane. Here we get the song’s originator, Urban, in full guitar hero mode on a track that was criminally overlooked on his Ripcord album. In Allen’s hands, Boy Gets A Truck springs to life with its superb storytelling and uplifting, anthemic chorus as Allen breathes life into it alongside Urban. 

Allen is set to be in Australia during September for a sold-out CMC Rocks, joining a star-studded line-up of international and Australian country favourites including Brad Paisley, Kane Brown and Morgan Evans. He will also appear in the upcoming feature-length documentary, For Love & Countrywhich examines the genre’s past through the lens of a new generation of Black artists claiming space in Nashville — and transforming country music in the process. 

Allen’s forthcoming third album Tulip Drive will be released on Friday, June 24. Much like its predecessors, the album’s title is deeply personal to Allen’s family ties – Tulip Drive is the name of the street his late grandmother grew up on. Mercury Lane was named for the street Allen grew up on; his 2020 and 2021 releases Bettie James and Bettie James Gold Edition were named for his grandmother (Bettie Snead) and father (James “Big Jim” Allen), who passed away in 2014 and 2019, respectively.

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Allen shares, “A lot of the songs on this album are from that time period. This is the first album where a lot of the songs are actually written based off a lot of my own personal life experiences – from relationships, the hardships of life, to the parties and the good times. A lot of these songs are based off things I went through when I was in later in high school and college, at a place where I was just learning a lot of life lessons from my grandmother. I wanted to honour her by naming this album Tulip Drive, after the street she lived on in Lewes, Delaware.”

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