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Darryl Worley

The rich, reedy tones and all-American, blue-collar themes in his #1 hits “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful, Beautiful Life” and “Have You Forgotten?” are reminders of the down-to-Earth, Haggard- like Darryl Worley you always knew. The island vibes and blue-eyed soul in new songs “It’s Good To Be Me,” “Lay It On Me” and “Lonely Alone” suggest there’s another, almost-funky, version of Worley that’s been kept under wraps. The alternate sides are both on display in Second Wind: Latest and Greatest, a project that mixes the traditional-country history he established in Nashville with the ragged soul that’s deep in the bones of Muscle Shoals, a musical Alabama hotbed where Worley got his start. The area hosted hit sessions for Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Wilson Pickett and The Rolling Stones, and the sweaty swagger of the region’s recording studios was a perfect fit for Worley as he recorded an album that re-establishes him in country culture. “It’s like we stumbled onto something in an attempt to stumble onto something,” Worley says. “We were just kind of feeling our way around in the dark.” Produced by guitarist Billy Lawson (Sammy Kershaw, Mo Pitney), Second Wind was built with a relaxed atmosphere. Little attention was paid to the clock by Worley and his longtime band, who helped bring the hits forward to their 2017 sound while pumping some ultra-human attitude into the new stuff as well. “So many of those tracks and grooves on the older songs have changed over the years,” Worley allows. “Like ‘Tennessee River Run,’ we did more of a train beat on the original record, but we’ve always played it like Little Feat, with that funky ‘Dixie Chicken’ groove, where you almost can’t find the downbeat. My band does that as good as anybody. And the songs came out exactly how they sound when you go hear them live.” Second Wind is aptly titled, since it’s the first full-length album released by Worley in eight years, following a self-imposed layoff from recording that has the same familial motivations that spawned Garth Brooks’ legendary retirement from touring. Worley’s wife, Kimberly, gave birth to a girl in 2008, and the weight of the father-daughter relationship was greater than anything he’d anticipated. “I needed to take some time to figure out what being a daddy meant,” he remembers, “and it meant a whole lot more than what I thought.” He cut back on his touring and limited his studio work to small, focused releases, including an EP that was targeted to his passionate military supporters. He made daughter Savannah his top priority. That was an easy decision, but it dredged up uncertainty about what that might mean for his music career. “A buddy of mine said something to me that was like a God-send at that time,” Worley notes. “He said, ‘You know, people in this business do make comebacks.’ I agreed, and he said, ‘Well, you’ve got to go away before you can come back.’” In fact, Worley has never been afraid to walk away if it meant standing up for his mission as a voice for the working class. “I knew who I was, and I knew what I wanted to do,” he says. Just as importantly, he adds, “I knew what I wouldn’t do.”

Tags: Music

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When

01/28/2022 - 7:30pm

Where

Downtown Cowtown at the Isis

2401 North Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76164

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