Interview With Country Singer Charlie Worsham
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Charlie Worsham stole hearts with his début album Rubberband in 2013, an album which he has toured extensively in the UK.
While he has teased new material over the course of his last few tours, UK audiences are ready to be treated to his long-awaited sophomore Beginning of Things live as he tours with Lucie Silvas over the next couple of weeks.
We caught up with him to find out what song makes him...
“Jesus Came to Tennessee” by Will Hoge. It’s so great. Makes me smile cause there are some smart and hilarious lines throughout, but also makes me smile cause it’s pretty on point when it comes to the world today.
“Speed Trap Town” by Jason Isbell. Got to see him live at the Ryman recently, my first time, and man, he and the 400 Unit ROCKED that place. I can’t believe there’s still a roof over the mother church, but that song in particular takes me to a place... it’s like a Flannery O’Connor story.. so full of color and detail and so personal and dark that it’s actually more universal for being so specific.
It’s always been “House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert, but recently I got to sing “Oscar the Angel” honouring Don Schlitz at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction... that song is hard to get through without crying. The Randy Travis version is good but Youtube Don singing it at the Bluebird Cafe.
Half of Hayes Carll’s catalog... he’s so incredibly witty. With Christmas around the corner, check out his song “Grateful for Christmas”
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I’m obsessed with the Dire Straits “On the Night” live record... the first track “Calling Elvis” makes me want to run 10 miles and do 500 push-ups so I can run around an arena stage like Mick Jagger for 3 hours straight.
“One Headlight” by the Wallflowers. That song stuck with me when I was growing up. and listening today it’s still totally relevant, but it takes me back to a time and place. and I never in a million years thought I’d be making a record with the drummer who invented and played that groove - Matt Chamberlain.
Oh, and ANYTHING by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I’ll be torn up about Tom’s passing for a long while yet.
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“Bottom of the Barrel” on the new Lee Ann Womack record - actually the whole record could fill out this list, cause she’s the best damn singer we have, period. but this is a song I’ve always loved that Brent Cobb wrote and recorded. I got to play on a demo of it back when it was brand new, and hearing Lee Ann’s version just makes me happy and at peace in a way I can’t quite describe.
“Dear Hate” by Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill. It’s time for songs to speak to the chaos and darkness in the world today, and dang if she didn’t knock this one out of the park. makes me determined to be more actively involved as a human being but also inspires me to write more and better songs that matter.
Usually it’s “You Make my Dreams” by Hall and Oates.. but I’ve been diving into Eric Clapton’s “Backless” album lately and was literally dancing on the tube yesterday to “I’ll Make Love to You Anytime".
Interview With Country Singer Charlie Worsham, 3rd November 2017, 9:42 AM