Why Charlie Worsham Should Be at the Top of the Charts and On Country Radio

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It was September 2014 and I was out celebrating my birthday with my mom. We decided to go to the local Cracker Barrel to check out the gift shop. We hadn’t been in the parking lot five minutes when a tour bus pulled in. We hung around to see who it was on the bus. The guy said his name was Charlie Worsham and he sang country music. I had never heard of him and so after talking for twenty minutes he said he had to go but he wanted to give me a copy of his debut CD. He then left leaving a permanent impression on me. I listened to the CD as soon as I got back into my car. From the moment track 1 “Could It Be” came on followed shortly by track 2 “Want Me Too” I was hooked not only by his voice, his unique sound, but also struck by the fact I was wishing that he was singing those songs to me personally. (Not everyday you find your favorite country artist because he hands you a copy of his master work and asks you to listen to it but I have that memory and it was one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever received.)

After that first meeting I got the chance to see him again at his Donuts and Jam fan club party June 2015. The second he saw me he smiled and had to give me a big hug. I was surprised he remembered me considering how many people he meets on tour. And I’ve been back to see him in concert at least five more times. I actually had the privilege to be there when he hosted the Midnight Jamboree for the first time in September 2015 where there and at his Opry performance earlier that same evening he had debuted his song “Old Times Sake”. A song that is on his sophomore album “Beginning of Things”. At this same “Jam” I heard “Cut Your Groove” for the first time as well.

Charlie is probably the most talented and yet underrated artist on a major label, a label which is pigeonholing him into a stereotype saying he’s a ‘Guy Clark’, and he isn’t anywhere near that level, if anything he’s more on Elvis Presley’s level. His label, Warner Music Nashville, isn’t doing him justice and it makes me sick. I mean they are basically saying that he isn’t commercial, that he couldn’t sell out stadiums and arenas but they’re dead wrong and are responsible for his lack of commercial success.

First off, every artist on their label gets the same treatment when they release an album except for Charlie. Normal procedure I’ve noticed they follow:¬†(1) Release album, (2) Release first single, (3) Release music video for song on CMT and GAC, (4) Release 2nd single and video, then (5) Release 3rd single and video. They give them plenty of exposure to country music fans, all except Charlie. Charlie’s marketing has gone like this: (1) 2013: Released “Rubberband” album, (2) Released “Could It Be” as 1st single and made a music video that aired on CMT and GAC, (2) Released 2nd single “Want Me Too” later in the year but no music video is made or released, (3) Released 3rd single “Trouble Is” after that and no music video is made or released. Album supposedly doesn’t do well. Don’t buy that for a minute, how about showing me your accounting records WMN!

Then WMN decides sometime in 2016 for Charlie to record a new album, which he does and it was released April 2017. “Cur Your Groove” was released as the 1st single and a music video was made and released. However, unlike his previous 1st single “Could It Be” that went to #14, “CYG” doesn’t even chart. So they haven’t released another single and it’s now been a year since the album was released. Funny that Warner Music Nashville says his albums aren’t doing well and that he isn’t that popular because every time he does a show I will get on social media afterwards and see where at least 10 people have said that they came to see (fill in artist he was opening for here) and that they fell in love with his music, they are now fans of his, and had never heard of him before until that night. Seems someone isn’t doing their job.

All of the above royally pisses me off because Charlie is performing the music I love, country with a traditional feel but he also has a classic rock on steroids vibe as well at least in my humble opinion. And anyone who has ever heard him blow a roof off of a place knows exactly what I mean. I actually quit listening to “country radio” because if I heard one more song about a pickup truck with a girl in it I was going to scream! I wanted to take that pickup truck, rig the steering wheel and the gas pedal and send it off a cliff where it would explode in fire and flame and be no more. Charlie actually said that he shared the same sentiment and that was one of the reasons he wrote “Old Times Sake” and because he chose to be different that is why I love him and that song so much.

Charlie isn’t afraid to speak his mind but both country radio and his record label are trying to keep him silent. Well, I say no more! Mainly because I can’t go for that, no can do as my all-time favorite duo from the 80s Hall and Oates said. Charlie’s voice has a right to be heard and heard loud and clear. He actually could be headlining sold out shows in stadiums and arenas if his record label would do their job of booking him there. And I know he has lots of friends who are fellow country artists who would gladly be his opening acts if he asked. He’s been theirs lots of times and I’m sure they would gladly return the favor. So he needs to be given that chance, even if just once. I have an idea, anyone reading this who books events at Bridgestone Arena or Nissan Stadium, leave me your contact info in the comments. I want you to help me prove he is a bankable star to his record label. Let’s pick a date and sell tickets to a Charlie Worsham headlining show and post a link to the ticket purchase page on all major social media sites. He has lots of followers and if each one bought a ticket every seat would be sold out.

Let’s put it to a vote. Everyone who is reading this please leave a comment and say yes if you would buy a ticket to Charlie’s show and # of tickets you would get. If/when we get enough votes then the venues would have to schedule an actual show or at least take it into major consideration. I know that every seat would sell out because I have faith in Charlie and his talent and unlike his label I’m not ready to give up on him yet.

If I had a record label I would get him on it ASAP.¬†Charlie is just what society and the world needs right now. Someone who isn’t afraid to be “Telling the Truth” even if it hurts like all the greats before him.

Charlie is an island of hope in a sea of sameness. And I personally have moved to that island, built a hut on the beach, stuck my toes in the sand, and am feeling the cool ocean breeze on my face. I also have his music playing in the background to complete my tranquil mood. More people need to pack their bags and join me here.

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When Doubt Almost Crushed My Writing Dreams

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I am participating in the Writing Contest: Writers Crushing Doubt. Hosted by Positive Writer.

http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-2016/

Ever since I can remember I have loved books. I received so many certificates from my elementary school librarian for reading that I was there number one patron and top earner of pizza from the Book It reading program. From an early age I was picked on for being a nerd. People always made me doubt myself. I was going to be a magician when I was age 8 to 12 because I wanted to be able to make myself disappear. I didn’t think anyone liked me.

When I was 12 I was in the elementary school library. I had read every children’s book that was available for my age group. So the head librarian showed me to a particular bookshelf. There were lots of thicker novels with more pages and words. She called them the big kid books. I found a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A few weeks later after I read them I found The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. After reading them all I was in love with Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. They were my two biggest influences when I decided to become a horror and mystery writer.

I starting writing stories down as a way to escape my world of being picked on that was affecting my self esteem. No matter what I could always turn to a story of my own creation for comfort. It wasn’t until I was ready to go to college that I decided to major in Journalism and really make writing my career. My English teachers in both high school and college told me I was good at crafting a story and maybe I should write a book and seriously think about getting it published.

It wasn’t until 2004 when I went back to college and majored in Administration of Justice that I decided to actually write that book. Using the education I had received when I got my AAS degree I wrote a mystery/thriller about a serial killer being chased by an FBI profiler. I then pitched it to literary agents and publishers, anyone and everyone who accepted my particular genre. The results: repeated rejection.

Most said it needed more work. It wasn’t finished yet. I got to thinking that maybe my English teachers had been wrong about my writing ability. I was ready to literally throw my manuscript into my paper shredder. I was stopped from doing it by my mother who told me I shouldn’t give up. I should think it over a little more. She said besides if you take the time now to shred it you are going to miss that new show you said you wanted to watch on NBC. It was Dracula, starring my favorite actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Jonathan was playing Dracula in this television adaptation. I probably would have watched the show anyway since it was about one of my favorite literary characters but getting to drool over Jonathan every week was an added bonus.

I watched the episode of Dracula, the second of the season. At one point in the show Dracula was talking to Mina Murray. Mina told Dracula that she was going to medical school to be a doctor and she had a very important exam that day one that she might very well fail. Dracula said if you do it will be the end of your dream. Mina said very much so. Dracula then said something I will never forget as long as I live. He looked at Mina and said, “One thing I’ve learned in all my years and all of my journeys Miss Murray is when it comes to dreams one may falter but the only way to fail is to abandon them.”

I was sitting there and all of a sudden I burst into tears. I realized that in an almost cosmic way someone was telling me not to give up on my dream. I had literally gotten into story writing because of Dracula and now he was more or less telling me not to give up on it. After the show went off I decided to wait at least 24 hours before shredding my manuscript.

The next day I went on the computer and checked my e-mail. I have my social media accounts synced to my e-mail so any updates come there first. I had a message that a woman was following me on Twitter. When I clicked on her name and checked out her page on Twitter. She was a literary agent at an agency I had queried three agents at previously and been rejected. It was also one of the top agencies that I was hoping to become a client of eventually. This particular woman was the one agent that accepted my genre whose profile on their website always said not accepting unsolicited queries at this time and she was the one agent there that I had really wanted to contact.

On her Twitter page she was having a pitch fest. You had to sum up your entire story in 140 characters. I did though it wasn’t easy and she asked for a partial manuscript and synopsis. She then contacted me back a short time later and told me I needed to do a rewrite and gave me tips how to do it. After sending back my revisions and talking to her for almost a year she eventually asked for my full manuscript. During that time I also worked on my book’s sequel and came up with the main plots for sixteen more involving my main characters.

So if it wasn’t for Dracula literally sucking the doubt right out of me there wouldn’t have been a manuscript to send. I’m so thankful that classic literature saved my writing.

 

The Red Silk Handkerchief

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It is the sequel to The Black Leather Belt and the second in the Destiny Malone PI series. Here’s the main plot:

Destiny has been living in NYC for 6 months and working as a PI. On Valentine’s Day she finds out that her new best friend Broadway actress Carrigan Whitmore is death after taking a three story swan dive from her third floor bedroom balcony. Her maid Susan was found at the bottom of the stairs with an icepick in her back and Carrigan’s children Kyle and Shannon are missing. There are no clues left at the crime scene except for a red silk handkerchief found clutched in Carrigan’s right hand. What is the significance of the handkerchief? Did it belong to the victim or the killer? Where are Kyle and Shannon? When Carrigan’s husband Hollywood actor Harold Stapleton becomes the number one suspect Destiny and her FBI agent boyfriend Rick Sullivan don’t believe he’s the guilty party. They decide to follow their hearts to discover the truth before it’s too late.

What do you think of this plot?

The Black Leather Belt

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The novel I’m currently seeking representation for. FBI Agent Rick Sullivan is chasing Mandrake, a serial killer who strangles blondes with a black leather belt. Mandrake stays ahead of Rick at every turn until he meets Destiny Malone. Destiny is training to be a PI and has just found her best friend Sydney dead. Sydney is found strangled by a black leather belt as well but is a redhead so is there another killer and if so which of the two men in Sydney’s life is responsible. If it is Sydney’s ex who was in prison for killing Rick’s father before recently escaping then Destiny is in danger too. Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman he is beginning to love while she won’t stop until she discovers who killed the fiery redhead no matter how hot she thinks Rick is. What happens between them? Do they catch Mandrake? Who killed Sydney? Want to find out? Let literary agents and publishers know through social media that this sounds like a cool book that you want to read and then you’ll get to. I welcome any comments.