Charlie Worsham has one eye on the Billboard Country Airplay chart these days, where his debut single "Could It Be" sits at No. 41 this week.
"It's starting to flirt with the top 40, and I couldn't be happier or more excited," the Warner Bros artist tells us. "It's all a new experience for me."
Worsham remembers hearing the song on the radio for the first time, while driving to the Nashville airport with his band. "We were headed out to the West Coast, and I had WSIX on the radio. It was turned down, and we were talking. My drummer nudged me in the arm and said 'You might want to turn the volume up.' I was freaking out, and almost wrecked the vehicle. To be on the way to the airport with my band and hear the song on the radio for the first time was a truly wonderful moment."
Worsham got his initial exposure in the business playing in the highly respected group Kingbilly.
"I spent my first three years in Nashville in the group, and I had my first experiences writing in Nashville and touring across the country with them. They were the brothers I never had. I learned greatly from them. I was a bit green, and worked through that. I feel as I have been through a lot of things that new artists experience."
He says it's a different feeling being a solo artist. "I'm with a band, but being a solo artist, I am much more alone. I'm more out front, being the singer and everything. I think it all happens for a reason, and I'm grateful for all I have experienced. It has shaped me."
Also helping to give him a taste of the business on the highest level are two of the acts he has opened for – Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.
"They are two of country music's finest and most talented women. They are both so gracious, and took great care of me on the road. I had a backstage pass to how it's supposed to be done – how you treat a crew, a band, how you rock a room from 10-20,000 or 50,000 at Cowboys Stadium. They took me out when I didn't have a record deal, and getting that exposure was a part of me getting attention from labels."
Worsham has put the finishing touches on his debut for the label -- slated for release later in the year, and one thing is for certain – expect a lot of his instrumental work. He says it's as much a part of him as anything else.
"Growing up a player – from starting in bluegrass playing the banjo when I was a kid, and bar bands in high school and college. I played banjo, mandolin, and guitar before I was singing or writing. When it came time for this record to happen, the music was of utmost importance. Having had a chance to be a session musician on other artists' records, I learned a lot. That was invaluable for my record and the process of making my record."