There’s no denying that I’m a huge Charlie Worsham fan. It’s crazy to me that we discovered him at last years CMA Fest, playing the CMT Awards Warner party, and then think about how much his career has taken off since then. The Mississippi born Berklee graduate has been hustling in the Nashville scene for years, playing for other artists, and performing with his old band KingBilly (in which he played Mandolin and sang harmonies). He toured with Taylor Swift in 2011 and has opened for a long list of big country stars like Miranda Lambert and Wade Bowden. Even more exciting, he’ll be going on tour this summer opening for Brad Paisley, playing songs off his phenomenal 2013 release Rubberband. If you haven’t had the chance to catch Charlie in action, hopefully you’ll see him this summer and have the opportunity to discover what a truly exceptional talent he is.
Charlie had a mid-day slot on the last day of Stagecoach music festival and it was a great way to kick off the beginning of the end. Adorned in his trademark orange sunglasses and chucks, the crowd was immediately drawn into the music, taking notice of the gritty guitar riffs and summer appropriate tunes. Full of energy and excitement to be at the festival, he really allowed that to extend to the audience, crafting a set list that was perfect for the energy of such a large crowd. While he played his hits “Could It Be” and “Want Me Too,” he also allowed time for some deeper album cuts that were well suited for Stagecoach. My personal favorite, “Young To See” had its chance to shine, a rambling ode to taking chances while you’re young and free of responsibilities that might hold you back in the future. It seemed like the perfect festival anthem on a beautiful summer day. The rock infused title track “Rubberband” made its appearance as well, a track that shows Worsham’s talent in so many ways; it’s an edgy, rhythmic ball of energy that feels like it can’t be contained. Another favorite (I have so many on his album) was “Someone Like Me,” an atypical love song that captures yearning and hope in a quietly romantic way.
Charlie Worsham knows exactly how to speak to his audience, to get them moving, and more than that, to move them. Every show he plays is a treat to everyone watching, from his incredible talent to his approachable demeanor, he brings something to the table that everyone can appreciate. Whether or not you like country music, Charlie Worsham makes music for the masses.
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