The Grand Ole Opry has stood as the standard bearer for country music for nearly a century now, and that legacy isn’t going away anytime soon. Not with new artists like ace guitarist and singer Charlie Worsham keeping the flame going.
Just check out Charlie’s new collaboration with Grand Ole Opry legend Jeannie Seely. They teamed up to duet on “Leaving and Saying Goodbye,” a song Jeannie wrote in the ’70s that went on to become a hit for Country Music Hall of Fame member Faron Young.
Charlie is a big fan of that song, so he chose the tune for his duet with Jeannie, a.k.a. “Miss Country Soul.”
Jeannie admits she would have never had the courage to pitch the song to Faron, since he was such a superstar. Instead, she got a chance to perform the song for him when they were on tour together.
Jeannie explains, “We were on the road working a big concert in Chicago. It came a blizzard ice storm. That was back when we did a 2 o’clock matinee, and an 8 o’clock night show. The buses could not leave. There was no way, so we passed the time, of course, by passing the guitar around and singing. I had just written this song.”
Jeannie wasn’t sure if she believed Faron or not when he told her he was going to record it.
She continues, “I just said, ‘Yeah, that’s Faron. He might have had a sip or two.'”
Sure enough, Faron made good on his promise, and the rest is country music history. We’re so happy guys like Charlie Worsham are around to keep these classic songs alive for a new generation.