Jimmie Allen Announces Upcoming Song ‘Freedom Was a Highway’ with Brad Paisley

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Jimmie Allen fans can get excited. His collaboration with Brad Paisley hits radio stations, Feb. 1.

The song is “Freedom Was A Highway” and it’s the third single from his album “Bettie James.”

Allen announced the new song on his social media accounts.

Allen posted on Twitter and Instagram: “My new single “Freedom Was A Highway” with @BradPaisley goes radio February 1st. So excited about this song. Shout out to Ash Bowers and Matt Rogers for writing it with me.”

Album From Jimmie Allen Honors His Dad, Grandmother And Is All About Duets

Allen’s album ,”Bettie James,” honors his father (James Allen) and grandmother (Bettie Snead). The album is full of collaborations between Allen and other country stars, including Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw. Darius Rucker, the Oak Ridge Boys and the late Charley Pride. He also sings with Nelly and Rita Wilson, the actress and wife of Tom Hanks.

Allen paid tribute to Pride at the November CMAs. He presented Pride with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A month later, when Pride died at the age of 86, Allen said Pride offered him concrete proof he could thrive in country music.

When Jimmie Allen announced his new album, he said:

“I am a fan of every artist on this project and humbled to have each one of them be a part of it. Each artist has touched the life of my dad, my grandmother and me through their music. I’m proud of this body of music and thankful to every writer that helped me create Bettie James.”

Check Out Lyrics Of New Song

The song Jimmie Allen sings with Brad Paisley features these lyrics:

“Sunset through a windshield, I can see it now. Like a picture in a frame. Oh
blue jeans and t-shirts, who we were. We wore it like a name (like a name)
“I wish I could go back to those days, when the town was the whole world. And love was the girl next door. Soundtrack was a song in the dark. I miss those days when our dreams were there for chasin.’ But time was better wasted. We were summer young and livin’ for a Friday. And freedom was a highway. Freedom was a highway.”

Jimmie Allen, 34, can boast of two songs that reached No. 1 on the country charts — “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To.” Check out Outsider coverage of Allen’s performance of “Make Me Want to” on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” here.

Allen got his first taste of success, albeit limited, in 2011, when he made it to the Hollywood rounds of “American Idol.” But none of his performances made it to TV.

Check out his duet with Brad Paisley:

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