Country artist Charlie Worsham is a lover of country music — maybe not the country music that finds itself on the radio and on the charts these days, but rather the country music that has grit. He loves the songs that once revitalized the radio dial with passion. He loves the country music that doesn’t get made as much these days. And that’s why, when asked to play a song that he happened to hear on the radio when heading to his Grand Ole Opry show, he picked a Marty Stuart classic.
In fact, it’s just about the perfect pick.
“It’s Marty Stuart’s 25th [Grand Ole] Opry anniversary tonight and I caught him on WSM-AM this morning,” Charlie said in a new video shot for the Opry’s “Radio Replay” series, in which an artist does a cover of a song they heard on the radio on the way to the venue. “It’s one of my favorite songs.”
That song is Marty’s 1991 Top 5 hit “Tempted,” and we are tempted to say that Charlie’s version certainly stands on its own as the perfect example of his musicianship and talent. He also happens to have some epic guitar playing skills, although he chooses not to show them off in this acoustic performance.
“This is the part of the record where one of the greatest solos in all of country music takes place,” he says smack dab in the middle of the song recorded before his Opry performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. “[It’s by] a studio musician by the name of Mr. Richard Bennett. I am not going to even try to play it. I’m just going to give you homework. You gotta go search that right now.”
We just put that on our list.
Charlie is one of country music’s hidden talents who has yet to find widespread success, but certainly has the skills to ensure that he is someone to be reckoned with in the near future.
“It’s that negative little voice in my head,” Charlie told “Rolling Stone Country” in 2017, shortly after releasing his album “Beginning of Things,” about dealing with the aggravation that often comes with being a new country artist. “I have to wake up every morning and beat his ass, and lock him in his room and tell him to shut up, because I have work to do. On the last record cycle, my roommate kicked me out. The roommate has been winning some days. In this moment, I have some legit concerns. Overall, at the end of the day, it’s not your moment until it’s your moment. And the only thing that defines that is the right song and the right time. I can be shitty and miserable about it, or fucking fired up. And I’m either six months away from my [Chris] Stapleton moment or six months away from calling my session guys and saying ‘Hello?’ But I feel like I am close to something, and I don’t know what it is.”
We totally agree, Charlie.
We will be watching.