We recently had a chat with singer-songwriter Charlie Worsham, as he gets ready to embark on a European tour with Lucie Silvas and visit Belfast on November 19th – see what he had to say about his new album, European fans and his new book below!
After releasing his second studio Album, “Beginning of Things”, Charlie Worsham is out on a mission – to tell the truth, write great songs and follow his heart.
When we asked him what the main inspiration was for this new record, he said that it was “always to try and figure out what the truth is, and tell it”. Indeed, when writing his new album, Worsham dedicated himself to writing a page, on his journey to becoming a better songwriter.
Whilst Worsham has poignantly struggled in the past as a singer-songwriter on mainstream country radio, he says that this new album represented an opportunity to “fall in love again with music” as well as cherish his own “musical geography” of Grenada, Mississippi.
Whilst other country artists often have a favourite track on a particular record, Worsham can’t pick, “I love them all for different reasons”. Indeed, he says that when writing songs, he believes that “songs need to be snuck up on, if an idea knows that you’re coming for it, it’ll escape”.
Later this month, Charlie will be releasing his new book “Follow Your Heart”, in aid of his Follow Your Heart Arts Programme in his hometown, giving kids the chance to obtain a musical education. When asked about how the project came about, Worsham stated that his friend Peter Cooper and his book “Johnny’s Cash and Charlie’s Pride” inspired him to write the book, along with his “Follow Your Heart” tattoo.
Talking about the “Follow Your Heart” Arts programme in Grenada, Worsham believed that for some of the kids involved, it could be “their ticket” for the future or simply a “safe place”.
“music gives you a place to belong, a place to heal”
Lucie Silvas and Charlie Worsham will begin their tour on 13th November 2017, heading to Amsterdam, the UK and Ireland. Talking about the tour, Worsham said he was not only excited to be touring with “the gem of a human being” that is Lucie Silvas, but it would be the first time he would be playing with a band in Europe.
Like many musicians and artists, Charlie Worsham hugely appreciates his fans in the UK and Europe, stating that “touring the UK and Europe has been one of the great thrills of my life”.
When asked what he enjoyed most about visiting the UK and Europe other than the fans, Worsham would describe himself as a “plain tourist”. Indeed, if he hadn’t been a touring singer-songwriter, he would have lived to have been the chef Anthony Bourdain, as he loves travelling so much.
“I love the culture, history, people, beer, food, I love all of it!”
When we tested Charlie’s knowledge of Northern Ireland, he knew that the word “craic” meant good conversation, but he was stumped when we asked him what a “gravy ring” was. Charlie seems to be a fan of a good Ulster Fry though, declaring “I love how y’all do breakfast over there!”.
Make sure to catch Charlie alongside Lucie Silvas, when they take their tour to the Limelight in Belfast on Sunday 19th November!