Darryl Worley is a busy man these days. He just flew back to the States, after again visting US troops in the Middle East, making stops in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Back in the studio, he's working on his new, 7th album. Today (5/4/2012) he will grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry as a guest. On Monday, he will appear in "Country Music Chat" on Twitter.
I haven't heard any buzz this big about Darryl Worley for awhile, so I had to do some fact checking for the artist who had 3 number-one hits in his early career, "I Miss My Friend" (2002), "Have You Forgotten" a year later and "Awful Beautiful Life" in 2005, the last two ones co-written by him, with Wynn Varble and Harley Allen respectively. I always considered Worley being one of the more traditional artists in these modern times, liked his sonwriting, as well as his traditional-tinged baritone delivery, in line with artists like Aaron Tippin, Keith Whitley or even Lefty Frizzell.
After that most of the labels the Tennessean, who grew up in Hardin county, signed with, were short-lived. Country singer Neal McCoy-owned 903 Music ran out of money. So he joined his former DreamWorks producer, James Stroud on Stroudivarious Records. An album later, "Sounds Like Life" the label changed name and Darryl was looking for a new home again.
He is now signed with Tenacity records, and is supposed to release a new album "One Time Around" in June of this year. A first song from this album, a co-write with Brett James, "You Still Got It" peaked low at #52 in the country singles chart. Too bad, the good-feel, B3-soaked song about reaffirming an existing relationship, "Baby you still got it, and I still want it" deserves better than this, but what do you expect from today's radio stations.
You can buy his current single "You Still Got It" on itunes.
I think "I Need A Breather" should have a chance on becoming a huge summer hit, with it's easy-living groove:
"I need a breather, a sweet senorita,
Writin' my name in the sand,
I need a break from this job and this angry boss man."
According to the weekly indie country news channel "Inside Music Row," Darryl feels confident, that his new album "One Time Around" has no fillers and that every song could actually be a single, he also lauds a bigger sense of creative freedom and more of an organic way in recording as a hope for the success of his 7th album.
After his return from overseas, Darryl also re-posted his video "I Just Came Back From War," another co-write with Wynn Varble, on his own video channel on YouTube. a strong song dealing with the aftermath of war, and pleading for some patience for service personnel's readjustment into society. The song was originally released on the 2006 album "Here and Now."
If you want to twitter-chat with Darryl, you can do it, this coming Monday (5/7/2012) at 8pm (CST) on Jessica Northey's "Country Music Chat" (#CMChat). If you can't wait till then, here's another video of Darryl "Tennessee River Run" (Darryl Worley/Steve Leslie) and here's a link for tonight's Grand Ole Opry on WSM-AM show.