OFFSTAGE: What Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift Share

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Charlie Worsham ‘s mom told him to iron his clothes. That’s how the country newcomer knew how important it was that he was asked to join Taylor Swift on tour. So since Wednesday (Oct. 5) is his last night on tour with Swift, I wanted to find out what it has been like. “When I got word that Taylor wanted me on the tour, I was shopping in Lowe’s with my dad. I’m freaking out at Lowe’s. I called my mom, and she’s like, ‘Make the most of it. And make sure your clothes are ironed,’” he laughed. “Taylor is something else. When she walks in a room, there’s an energy that comes from her, and she does not leave the room or stop or sit down until she has talked and hugged everyone who is personally part of this thing. She’s a class act.” I’m sure Worsham also likes the fact that every night he’s been on the road with her, Swift gives him a shout-out when she takes the stage. “For her to say, ‘How about Charlie Worsham tonight?’ That means the world to me.” I asked him how that experience compared to his string of shows with Miranda Lambert. He said both artists are very gracious, very sweet and very cool. “Miranda was really kind to share the spotlight with me when she’d have me come back out and play during her encore of ‘Travelin’ Band,’” he said. “And her dressing room is just this vibe room where everyone congregates, and there’s an open-door policy.” But even though Swift and Lambert taught Worsham so much about having all that stage to cover (like how to make sure you’re back at the microphone by the time you need to sing the last verse of the song), he told me the small bars and clubs still feel like home to him. “You fall in love with live performing when you have under 2,000 people there because you can reach out to them and see their faces. Your guitar is a lot closer to the amp, so when the crowd hollers, you get an instant buzz from the fans. It’s just a different kind of journey,” Worsham said. “No gigantic applause or sea of people can replace that.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.