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I absolutely love everything about this CD.
I love when a new artist comes along and blows me away and that happened with Charlie Worsharm. I remember when he came to the station for his radio tour and I thought "who the heck is this guy and where did he come from?" He's a GREAT songwriter, a AMAZING player and a really, really nice guy. He's like Keith Urban/Brad Paisley kind of good on the guitar...for real. And he wrote or co-wrote every song on the CD.
This CD just draws me in. Every song is so well written but I actually love listening to the production of the songs. The arrangements are just great. I highly doubt the title track will ever be a radio single, but it's not just the melody and lyrics of the song...it's the way it's arranged and played that really makes it interesting to me. I like to listen to it loud...really loud in my car. I'm sure I've annoyed a number of people at stoplights when I listen to it.
I've actually had some of the songs for a long time and I had the actual CD for a couple months before it came out so I have spent a lot of time listening to it...but the first time I heard "Mississippi In July" it was one that I immediately hit repeat on...and I did it again and again and again. I bet I listened to it ten times in a row. It's beautifully written, haunting and the woman singing with Charlie is a perfect match to his vocals.
"Tools of the Trade" is a great example of not only Charlie's playing - but Charlie's love of music and the people who came along before him, as he has some help on this song from Vince Gill and Marty Stuart . (Not to mention Sheryl Crow singing back up on "Love Don't Die Easy".)
This is a great CD. But when you consider it's Charlie's FIRST CD it just makes me imagine how much more terrific music we will get from him in the years to come. Now that is something to look forward to!
Highlights: actually any song on it but in particular "Trouble Is", "Want Me To", "Tools of the Trade", "How I Learned To Pray".