Charlie Worsham released his debut album, “Rubberband,” on Warner Brothers today. The Mississippi native, who appeared on “The Tonight Show” earlier this month, says the whole experience feels akin to what a NASA space launch would’ve been like decades ago.
“It feels like the rocket is just outside on the pad, ready to shoot off into the sky,” he says of the album launch. “It also feels like everything is going to change, and you’ll look back and measure it the way you do B.C. versus A.D. I’ve never been more excited in my life.”
Worsham — currently at No. 32 on the Hot Country Songs chart with “Could It Be,” says he is very pleased with the album, mistakes and all.
“I don’t have any regrets,” he states. “Certainly, there are lessons I’ve learned in the process of making the album, and it makes me excited, hopefully, to have the chance to make a second record, and put those lessons to work. I think we gave everything that we had to give. Everything was right for the record, all the mistakes included. There are pops, lines, and notes all over the place – maybe even a few out of tune guitars, but it’s the best way we knew how to make that first record. If we went back and changed something, it wouldn’t be the first record.”
Fans became acquainted with Worsham thanks to his opening several shows for Taylor Swift. Worsham says one can learn a lot from Swift. “She is such a gracious host, and she knows how to treat people right – whether you’re in her band, or you’re the opening act, the crew, or whatever it is. I had a first class seat to watch one of our format’s top entertainers night after night. I enjoyed watching her set, and watching the fans react to her. That was a master class in entertainment, one for which I’ll be grateful.”
“Rubberband” is a mix of free-styling grooves and heartbreak ballads, with “You Can’t Break What’s Broken” being a prime example. He says it was very interesting how that particular cut came together. “This record was made over a long period of time, at a lot of different studios. I had a lot of fun with the liner notes, because all the thank-yous are inside jokes. That was from the only session we did at the Sound Emporium. I wrote it, and we work taped it that day, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, and myself, then we go to the studio and record it. That was one of four songs in a three hour session. It was one of the highlights was getting to have a chance to play alongside Tom Bukovac,” he says, beaming. “He introduced me to the session scene in Nashville and would give me tips so I didn’t make a fool of myself.”
Worsham is quick to credit the publicity and promotion staffs at Warner for making 2013 one for the history books. “They are incessant workers,” he says of the Warner staff, which helped score him the Leno gig. Worsham surmised that most television viewers in his hometown of Grenada, MS were up late that night, watching their favorite son.
“Every last one of them,” he says with a smile. “I felt so much hometown love all the way in California. I got so many sweet messages on Facebook and texts. They have been so wonderful and supportive of me. I never knew you could have that kind of support.”