By Bob Doerschuk
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Born in Mississippi, Charlie Worsham learned enough banjo by age 10 for bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin to invite him onstage at the Ryman Auditorium. Two years after that, he joined Mike Snider on the air at the Opry. After attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music, he headed to Nashville and eventually earned himself a deal with Warner Bros. Records.
On his new album, Rubberband, released today, Worsham distinguishes himself by his unerring taste and musical subtlety. As co-producer with Ryan Tyndell and co-writer on all 11 tracks, he knows his way into each lyric. He does play some burning leads, but most of the album is toned down, rich in acoustic texture. His banjo stays in the background, enhancing the Country flavor. Drums are often muted and minimal.
This gives Worsham room to tell his stories. Starting with solo guitar and vocal, “How I Learned To Pray” (written by Worsham, Tyndell and Jeremy Spillman) points not to church services “with a chapter and a verse” but to small epiphanies in everyday life as sources of redemption. On “Love Don’t Die Easy” (Worsham, Tyndell and Steve Bogard), metaphor mixes with clear-eyed observation to mourn broken souls haunted by love long or recently lost. Worsham finds daylight too, stirring cautious hope for the future during a morning after on the album’s first single, “Could It Be” (Worsham, Tyndell and Marty Dodson). His gift is to be able to whisper intimately one moment and, with minimal effort, rock the house the next — and that’s something they don’t teach at Berklee.
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IN HIS OWN WORDS
SONG YOU WOULD LOVE TO COVER
“I’d really love to cover a Katie Perry song – maybe ‘I Kissed a Girl’?”
“I grew up on Vince Gill and Marty Stuart. Earl Scruggs is in that category too, as is Jimmy Martin.”
SONG YOU WISH YOU HAD COVERED
“Any songwriter would say they wish they had written ‘The House That Built Me.’”
ACTOR TO PORTRAY YOU IN A BIOPIC
“Christian Bale – although I’d really get a kick out of hanging with Jack Nicholson.”
MOMENT YOU’D LIKE TO RELIVE
“I could relive playing at the Opry when I was 12 a million times.”
On the Web: www.CharlieWorsham.com
On Twitter: @CharlieWorsham
Source: Country Music Association
Charlie Worsham Photo by Jim Wright / Provided by Country Music Association