Hard-core fans of modern are probably familiar with Charlie Worsham’s music, if not his name. His debut single “Could It Be” has climbed to No. 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart since its January release, and concert goers have seen him open shows for the likes of Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.
This week, Worsham’s debut album Rubberband released on the Warner Bros. label with plenty of buzz surrounding it, and with good reason. On the record, Worsham offers a nice mashup of traditional country, bluegrass and southern-fried elements with just enough pop sensibility to make it friendly for radio airplay. His emotional range is solid across the album, moving easily between the driving country pop of “Want Me Too,” the soulful rock of the title track, and the heartwrenching balladry of “You Can’t Break What’s Broken.” His smooth tenor voice, reminiscent at times of an early Vince Gill, certainly doesn’t hurt his prospects, either. (Speaking of Gill, he and Marty Stuart lent support to this record, featuring on the track “Tools of the Trade.”)
Bottom line—keep your eye on this guy. He’s got a lot of what today’s country fans love, and enough crossover appeal to get some mainstream attention, as well. Take a listen to the single below, and see what you think.