By Beville Dunkerley
Filed under: Exclusive, Country NewsCharlie Worsham
is walking around with a perma-grin on his face these days. The Mississippi native is living his dream, touring the country in support of his first Top 40 hit, "Could it Be." His full debut album is expected to follow later this year, after years of honing his craft playing in various bands (including KingBilly) and playing as a studio musician for other artists.
Charlie remembers getting the call from Warner Music Nashville CEO John Esposito -- the somewhat ironic call that turned it all around. "I was at Calypso Cafe in East Nashville, on my way to play on a Dierks Bentley
demo at my friend's studio," he tells The Boot. "I got a phone call, and it was John Esposito, and he said, 'We love you, and we want you to be a part of the Warner family.' It was wild, because a couple of years before that, I was in that same restaurant -- the only other time I'd been there -- and a guy, who will remain nameless, called me about a song that my band was going to record. He kinda dressed me down and said, 'You're just a speck of dust in this town. We could replace you any minute.' It was one of the most hurtful moments of my life, and then to get the call from John in that same place, it was a really cool, full circle moment."