Charlie Worsham wrote and performed a top-15 song last year, but the country music singer may be better known for his cover songs.
Worsham will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Mayo Park as part of the Down by the Riverside series. Worsham had a huge hit in 2013 with his debut single, “Could It Be,” off his first major label release, “Rubberband.” Worsham’s second single “Want Me Too,” reached No. 33 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Another song off “Rubberband,” titled “Love Don’t Die Easy,” appeared on the FOX TV show “Bones” — as did Worsham himself.
Worsham has spent most of the last three years opening for some of country music’s top stars, including Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley. Worsham is opening for Paisley as part of the Country Nation Tour.
He will stop later this week in Rochester between Paisley shows in North Dakota and Oregon. While he only plays five to six songs on the Country Nation Tour, Worsham will have the stage to himself in Rochester, and the 28-year-old, who plays several instruments, said he’s up for the challenge.
“I love what I do. I love playing music. The more we can play, the better,” Worsham said. “I may only have one album out right now, but I grew up playing four-hour gigs in a bar band.”
While a large number of Worsham’s set consists of songs from “Rubberband,” he said he also will play some cover songs. Three years ago, Worsham started his own “Cover Challenge” on YouTube. Fans can tweet Worsham ideas for cover songs, and he picks some of the suggestions and performs the songs, which include Worsham playing all of the instruments. Over the past few years, Worsham has posted videos of himself covering “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Low Rider” by War, “Gangnam Style” by PSY and many others.
“I’ve had so much fun covering those songs,” Worsham said. “I put a lot of effort into it and play all of the instruments. It’s been really fun.”
Worsham said fans should not expect any new music. “Rubberband” was released in August 2013, and Worsham said he’s still actively promoting the album.
“I think a lot of people still haven’t heard me yet. We’re going to continue to work this album for a while,” he said. “I’m just now getting down to writing some stuff for the second album. I think we’re going to get more songs off of ‘Rubberband’ and keep bringing awareness to the album. I do, however, look forward to making many, many more albums in the coming years.”
Worsham also hopes to meet some fans while in Rochester. He’s been known to share stories on stage as well as interact with fans in the front row.
“You’ll never know what could happen. I could tell a few jokes, have some friendly banter with the crowd,” he said. “It should be a lot of fun.”