Charlie Worsham — “Could It Be”
There’s a new Diamond Rio tune climbing the current country charts at a good clip–or at least it sure sounds like it. Instead of heralded harmonizer Marty Roe, however, it’s newcomer Charlie Worsham doing his best catchy, sweet “Meet in the Middle” impression on new track “Could It Be.”
In Music City, the term “newcomer” can be misleading: touring stadiums with Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert before he signed a record deal, the multi-instrumentalist played with Nashville’s KingBilly band, had songwriting cuts by artists like Dierks Bentley and impressed Vince Gill and Marty Stuart enough for the veterans to sign on for guest appearances on his debut album Rubberband.
Sounding similar to neo-traditionalists has boded well for recent artists like Easton Corbin and Chris Young, and it’s certainly a warm and fuzzy attention-getter here. But beyond the sonic similarities, Worsham and his debut single stand solidly on their own legs.
Like the other 10 tracks on the upcoming record, Worsham had a hand in the tight lyrics and production of “Could It Be.” After the nouveau nineties novelty wears off, hooky lines like “I’m finally holding what I’ve been hoping for” dig their claws in. And while it won’t win points from feminists, the hopeful “Who knows, we might go down in flames/Then again, I might just change your name” may well be the most charming marriage proposal to come out of a hangover in country music history.
The attention to detail that’s found in small touches throughout the song’s production should come as no surprise. Worsham’s experience as a studio musician, Berklee College of Music album and 12-year old Banjo Junior National Champion (seriously, watch a cherubic Charlie make his Grand Ole Opry debut here), is evident in the song’s electrifying opening, building block harmonies and song’s looping guitar strains.
The song’s biggest strength? Despite its instant, easy association with bygone favorites, it sounds fresh, new and different from anything else on country radio. Like Corbin’s “A Little More Country Than That” and Young’s “Gettin’ You Home,” “Could It Be” seems fine-tuned to be Worsham’s jumping off point.
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