Back in July, country singer Jimmie Allen released the seven-song Bettie James EP, which paid homage to his father and grandmother.
The mini-album’s songs featured a number of high-profile collaborations on songs such as “Drunk & I Miss You” featuring Mickey Guyton, the inspirational “Made For These” with Tim McGraw, “Good Times Roll” with Nelly, and a historic coupling of three generations of Black country hitmakers on “Why Things Happen” featuring Darius Rucker and the recently-passed Charley Pride.
On Friday (Dec. 18), Allen dropped an accompanying short film, the 30-minute The Bettie James Picture, which Allen describes in a statement as being a “story about a working class guy who has dreams of starting his own business. Along the way, he loses someone he loves and goes through a breakup, but at the end of the day he is still hopeful.”
Allen added that “each artist [on this project] 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.”
The Sam Aldrich-directed film is soundtracked by songs songs from the EP, which accompany scenes of Allen working, drinking and driving along lonely country roads, including an emotional stop to visit his gram’s grave and a heartbreaking final act chronicling a lost love powered by his duet with Noah Cyrus on “This Is Us.”
Watch The Bettie James Picture below.