Charlie Worsham recently released his debut album Rubberband, which features his first top 20 country single, "Could it Be."
The country up-and-comer is extremely happy to see his hard work reach the ears of his fans and beyond. He tells iHeartRadio, "Rubberband has been over a three year journey for me." He adds, "It’s every musical adventure that I’ve ever wanted to try and I’m so excited for the songs to hit the country music audience."
Charlie teamed up with iHeartRadio to Guest DJ a radio station that's perfect for him. The station includes music from country stars like George Jones and Vince Gill, Brett Eldredge, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and more.
Check out Charlie's top ten tracks and find out why he chose them for his station below.
1. "Bring You Back" by Brett Eldredge
"Brett’s just such a great guy, in general. He’s fun to hang out with, and he’s just got one of my favorite voices in country music right now. I think that’s a real strong song, and it really showcases his style. And if you’re looking to discover some new music, that’s a great song that will make you fall in love with his whole record."
2. "Before You Go" by Buck Owens
"It’s a song of Buck’s that gets played on [the radio] in Nashville, a good bit. And it's actually a song that I learned with my band, and that we cover from time to time. The band stops, and they change time signatures, and it’s just classic Buck Owens quirkiness."
3. "Uncle Lloyd" by Darrell Scott
"This is one of those 'best-kept-secrets-in-music' kind of records. It’s only sold about 7 or 8 thousand copies. But Darrell Scott’s written hits for the Dixie Chicks and Travis Tritt and tons of other great artists. He’s one of my favorite singers, writers, players - everything - and he does it all. He made this record in his living room and 'Uncle Lloyd' is just this really great character study in a song, and I don’t know if Uncle Lloyd is based on a true life character or not, but you feel the heartbreak of this person when you hear this song."
4. "Springsteen" by Eric Church
"Love this song; big fan of Eric’s. When Sinners Like Me, his debut album came out, I still consider that just one of the best country records of the last couple decades. But 'Springsteen' is one of my favorite Eric Church songs because my buddy Ryan Tyndell, who produced my record with me, it’s his first big cut. So it was Ryan’s big break as a songwriter."
5. "Love Bug" by George Jones and Vince Gill
"That particular version is off of a collaboration record of duets that George Jones did in the '90s, called the Bradley Barn Sessions. My dad brought that CD home around the time I got my first guitar, and that’s that song and the record that I learned to play guitar to. It was about 5th grade before I got a guitar. I played banjo for a couple years because I had been to [the Opry] and saw Mike Snider playing, and wanted to learn. But I always wanted to get around a guitar, and so, I finally did!"
6. "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates
"Gotta have a little bit of soul, you know? Philly soul at that. But I recently got to hang out with John Oates a few times, and we ended up singing “Rich Girl” together at a show in Nashville, and we had a blast. That’s just one of my favorite songs to sing, it’s so much fun to sing, and somehow managed to make it work vocally and hit the notes. That’s certainly not an easier selection, but I just love the song."
7. "Keep It To Yourself" by Kacey Musgraves
"Kacey is one of my favorites, and most of her band are old college friends of mine. This particular song off of her debut record, Keep It To Yourself. I just think it's a smash, and anybody who has been going through a breakup and is trying to be strong can relate to that song. I think you can hear the heartbreak in her voice, and it’s just one of my favorite songs of hers."
8. "The Bottle Let Me Down" - Merle Haggard
"I’ve recently been on a Bakersfield kick. I went to see the exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and fell in love with the story and song of Merle Haggard. I got his autobiography, and his box-set, and I’ve just been on a Merle Haggard binge now for about a month. 'The Bottle Let Me Down' is one of my favorites of his. It’s just so simple, and so country, and so honky-tonk."
9. "All Kinds of Kinds" by Miranda Lambert
"Miranda is another one of my favorites and she’s been such a good friend having me open for her over the last few years. Last time we were on the road together, I jumped up on stage when she did “All Kinds of Kinds” and played mandolin with her. I love that song, I love the feel of that song. It’s off of one of my two favorite records of hers - Revolution and Four the Record are both just must-haves!"
10. "Liza Jane" by Vince Gill
"That’s another song I learned to play guitar to. When we went back to Nashville for a family vacation, I had saved up $500 to get an electric [guitar]. I went inside Gruhn Guitars downtown, and there was one on the wall for $600. So I went out and played banjo for an hour on the sidewalk for tips, and finally got my hundred dollars and bought it! [I] went home and learned 'Liza Jane.' That’s still my go-to on electric guitar when I’m trying to get back into the swing of things."
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