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Country Act to Watch: Charlie Worsham

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.

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About the Author


Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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