Charlie Worsham photo courtesy of Warner Music Nashville.
Charlie Worsham is headed to the small screen. He will appear on FOX’s Bones, tonight, January 17, at 8/7c playing struggling country artist Colin Haynes, who is found dead in a shallow grave. While Charlie doesn’t consider himself much of an actor, he had fun with his first role, which included a couple of speaking parts along with a performance.
On the episode, the Jeffersonian team investigates Colin’s death. When they learn about his music career, the trail leads them to his record label, where they discover its deceitful dealings with him. Meanwhile, squintern Wendall Bray breaks his arm during a hockey game and Brennan takes a closer look at his injuries, discovering some shocking news. Continue Reading
While several conversations this year focused on the struggle that women artists face on the country music charts, female artists delivered some of the best albums of 2013. From Kacey Musgraves to Ashley Monroe and Brandy Clark, it’s been a banner year for female country singers. Gritty realism and emotional honesty marked many of the year’s best albums – be they from women or men – in what has been a tremendous year for the genre. And as the year comes to a close, we offer our look at the Best Country Albums of 2013 in no particular order. As is the case with all Top 10 lists, some very worthy projects can’t be included. So if your favorite album of the year isn’t on here, let us know what you’ve been listening to all year long by leaving a comment!
Brandy Clark’s 2013 album, 12 Stories. Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media.
Brandy Clark 12 Stories
Nashville singer/songwriter Brandy Clark’s debut album is so honest that some listeners might be left speechless. Using mostly traditional arrangements that recall greats from Waylon Jennings to Roseanne Cash, Brandy spins one moral dilemma after another on 12 Stories with a razor sharp eye for character development. Read our original review here >> From cheatin’ songs like “What’ll Keep Me Out Of Heaven” and “Illegitimate Children” to tales of revenge (“Crazy Women”) and addiction (“Take A Little Pill”), Brandy’s ever-so-smart wordplay and talent for rich storytelling are captivating. Country fans might be unknowingly familiar with her songwriting (Brandy co-wrote Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” in addition to The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” and Reba McEntire’s “The Day She Got Divorced”), and that same wry humor is on display here. In the old school Western “Stripes,” mortal revenge will not be carried out because those prison jumpsuits are just too unflattering. No crime of passion’s worth a crime of fashion, Brandy sings with a sardonic twist as she delivers one of country music’s best debuts in recent memory. Key Tracks – “Stripes,” “Hungover,” “Pray To Jesus,” “Crazy Women”
Charlie Worsham’s 2013 album, Rubberband. Photo courtesy of charlieworsham.com.
A former member of beloved Nashville band KingBilly, Charlie Worsham headed his own way in 2010 to pursue a career as a solo artist. Landing a deal with Warner Music Nashville, the multi-instrumentalist from Mississippi’s debut album, Rubberband, plays with similarly bright acoustics and newgrass melodies found throughout KingBilly’s lone 2009 EP. However, on Rubberband, which is available now, Charlie sharpens his own sound to carve out a unique niche of groove-oriented country that blends traditional and progressive.
Charlie Worsham photo courtesy of Warner Music Nashville.
By Bob Doerschuk
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Born in Mississippi, Charlie Worsham learned enough banjo by age 10 for bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin to invite him onstage at the Ryman Auditorium. Two years after that, he joined Mike Snider on the air at the Opry. After attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music, he headed to Nashville and eventually earned himself a deal with Warner Bros. Records.
On his new album, Rubberband, released today, Worsham distinguishes himself by his unerring taste and musical subtlety. As co-producer with Ryan Tyndell and co-writer on all 11 tracks, he knows his way into each lyric. He does play some burning leads, but most of the album is toned down, rich in acoustic texture. His banjo stays in the background, enhancing the country flavor. Drums are often muted and minimal. Continue Reading
Marty Stuart photo courtesy of The GreenRoom.
Marty Stuart has announced the lineup for his annual Late Night Jam. Set for June 5 at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the lineup has an old school theme featuring some of the best bands in country music. Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives, Connie Smith & The Sundowners, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bobby Bare with Brandy Clark, Charlie Worsham, Sleepy Man Banjo Boy and more are set to perform.
This year’s show will benefit Musicares and the CMA’s Keep The Music Playing Fund. As always, fans can expect surprise guests during the show. Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Pistol Annies celebrate, Kip Moore has some fun with Florida Georgia Line’s new single, “Round Here,” Martina McBride shares a family moment and Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman dine before Keith sits in with The Rolling Stones. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Pistol Annies photo courtesy of Twitter.com/mirandalambert
Miranda Lambert – MirandaLambert: Yes.. That’s right folks! Pistol Annies officially have a GOLD album! What a great week! #annieup
Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: Goodness gracious! From now on, any time I say I have good news, I’m going to have to follow it up with the hashtag #NoImNotPregnant sheesh!
Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys – JoeBonsall: “Walgreens “What is your relationship to Mary?” “I do whatever she says!” “Husband then?”
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/KipMooreMusic
Kip Moore - KipMooreMusic: @FLAGALine that’s how we dry round here Continue Reading
Wade Bowen photo courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity.
Wade Bowen will host his 15th Annual Bowen Classic celebrity golf tournament and concert to benefit The Bowen Family Foundation June 2-3 in his hometown of Waco, Texas. Over the past four years, he has raised close to a half million dollars for local organizations in need. This year, the event will benefit the town of West, Texas following the tragic fertilizer plant explosion last month.
“Upon learning of the tragedy in West, TX, I immediately knew that I wanted to raise as much money as I could to help with the community’s rebuilding efforts,” he said. “I have many fond memories of West. It was the town in which I had my first real music gig. I even used to work at a family pizza restaurant there and it is the hometown one of my best friends. My heart goes out to all affected by the explosion and I want nothing more than to help as many as I can through the Bowen Classic this year. Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, country stars react to the week’s tragedies, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift have encounters of the giraffe kind, Joe Nichols celebrates his daughter’s first birthday and Blake Shelton has some advice for Brad Paisley. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/BradPaisley.
Brad Paisley – BradPaisley: Saying hi & dining with my So.Comfrtzone video co-star. He’s sure got a big head.
Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys – JoeBonsall: I just talked to my wife on the phone for 5 minutes… She’s just upstairs in the bedroom… That’s just funny!!
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/taylorswift13.
Taylor Swift – TaylorSwift13: Animal kingdom. This giraffe situation. Continue Reading
Gary Allan photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Gary Allan, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Amy Grant, Dustin Lynch and Jonathan Cain from the band Journey are set to attend the 14th Annual Nashville Best Cellars Dinner on Monday, April 29 at the Bridge Building in Nashville. This exclusive wine and food event benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation and its funding of life-saving cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Labs at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
The evening will pair “Best Sellers,” popular chart-topping artists with “Best Cellars,” some of the top wine collectors in the United States who will share rare wines from their collections with guests at their tables. Since the inaugural event created by Billy Ray Hearn in 1999, the dinner has raised more than $1.65 million. Continue Reading
The Academy of Country Music announced today the line-up of free music performances and special events held during the open-to-the-public ACM EXPERIENCE,a family-friendly country music lifestyle event held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Artists including Jewel, Katie Armiger, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Danielle Peck, Tate Stevens, Charlie Worsham, Blackberry Smoke, Love and Theft and more will be featured.
Special ACM EXPERIENCE music events (full schedule below) include: Continue Reading