Charlie Worsham will be performing songs from his 2013 album, Rubberband, when he joins Sam Hunt and headliner Kip Moore during Friday night’s (Oct. 17) CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke date at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, but he’s got no shortage of new material.
In an interview with The Tennessean , Nashville’s daily newspaper, Worsham said he’s got a “big ol’ pile of about 30” new songs. As to whether they’re big ol’ radio hits, the Mississippi native doesn’t know and doesn’t really seem to care.
In fact, he told the newspaper that he has been spending time with Nashville producer Frank Liddell (Lee Ann Womack‘s husband who also produces Miranda Lambert) to remove himself from what’s on the radio.
“I don’t want radio to be my compass,” he said. “I want my compass to be my heart and the fact that I grew up in a state that gave us Elvis Presley and B.B. King and Marty Stuart and everybody and their mama,” Worsham explained. “When people dig into my new record, I want them to feel that.”
And while Worsham may not want radio to influence his style of music, he does know that he will do well if he can influence radio.
“I’m 29 years old, and I’m getting to work with my heroes, and I’ve got these country radio stations excited about me,” he said.
Worsham got excited recently when he went to Vince Gill‘s house to sing some background vocals. The magnitude of that was not lost on the country newcomer.
“I’m freaking out,” he admitted. “I’m totally bragging. I’m picking up the name-drop. This life is totally crazy, the craziest I’ve ever lived.”