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.