Charlie Worsham on Success, Self-Love And His ‘Sugarcane’ EP


In 2014, country artist Charlie Worsham had just released his debut album, Rubberband. Worsham was proud — the album featured his idols Vince Gill and Marty Stuart, and landed him a spot on Kip Moore’s Up In Smoke tour, alongside Sam Hunt. The initial plan was for Hunt to play a 15-minute set and Worsham to follow with a 45-minute set.

But in the interim months between planning and touring, Hunt gained popularity and Worsham’s record flopped. “Success and lack of success, in this business, are equally daunting,” Worsham says. “[Rubberband] didn’t perform commercially as well as I’d hoped. It was a season in which I struggled to handle the situation in a healthy way.” Worsham describes his attitude toward the industry in “Fist Through This Town,” a song on his new EP Sugarcane. “Man, this ain’t no fair fight at all/ It’s a kick in the teeth,” he sings. The EP, which released July 16, is the product more...