Compadres isn’t just an introduction to the next chapter of Charlie Worsham's story, it's a confirmation of the mutual admiration society he's brought together in Music City, including guests Luke Combs, Lainey Wilson, and Dierks Bentley.
Over the past seven years, Charlie Worsham has immersed himself in Nashville's musical melting pot, collaborating with some of the city's most innovative artists, serving as a session player and writer. Now, at the age of 27, he unveils a debut that paints him as a country artist of uncommon ingenuity, substance, and soul. Compadres is a gathering of kindred spirits, carefully chosen through Worsham's years of dedication to the Nashville scene and his studies at Berklee College of Music. Each track is a testament to his ability to infuse a reverence for country's rich heritage with a bold new sound that’s uniquely his own.
As a songwriter, Worsham's creativity knows no bounds. Drawing from his expansive musical background, he writes songs that resonate with varied moods and sounds. His infectious and playful spirit leads him to venture into new territory while maintaining a deep connection to his roots. This adventurousness, as Worsham describes it, traces back to his earliest memories of music, sitting on his musician dad's lap during soundchecks, hitting the drums, and catching the bug to make music.
Worsham's journey began early, with piano lessons in kindergarten and a life-changing encounter with bluegrass banjo player Mike Snider in second grade. This led him to master multiple instruments, winning the Junior National Banjo Championship at age 12 and gracing the stage of the Grand Ole Opry alongside Snider. From busking to raise money for his first electric guitar to joining a local band in high school, Worsham's passion for music led him to Berklee, where he studied production and engineering. Nashville beckoned in 2006, and his career took off, marked by collaborations with Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, and others, eventually landing his deal with Warner Music Nashville.
Compadres not only showcases Worsham's musical aptitude but also highlights the unwavering support he gets from the Music City creative community. Produced by Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three, the album features a star-studded lineup including Luke Combs, Lainey Wilson, Dierks Bentley, Elle King, and Kip Moore. Their willingness to play supporting roles on Compadres is a resounding endorsement of his talent, signaling that his moment has arrived. In truth, though, he's been having moments for years, it’s just now that the rest of the world is about to find about it. Compadres is set to broadcast to the world what Nashville has long known about Charlie Worsham.