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Darryl Worley flexes his musical muscles

By Jeffrey B. Remz, July 2002

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"We picked a great song to come out of the box with," he says. "It's obviously affected a lot of people's lives.

When asked whether the song was difficult to sing in concert, Worley says it took time, but then he was dealt a major major setback in the form of another tragedy.

"I had control of my emotions enough that I could go through the song without having a major breakdown. Just about the time I got really comfortable with it, about two weeks ago, my best friend in Nashville got murdered." The best friend was Randy Hardison, a session guy, who also wrote two songs on the new album with Worley.

"He was just a super person and had touched so many people's lives in Music City," Worley says. "It's just a strange turn of effects. It makes me realize how universal this song is.

"You have to learn with these good memories. The song I think conjures up those memories and makes you think about the good times and also speaks to people that you're not the only one going through this. You have people on your block dealing with the same thing.

The man with the rich baritone keeps it lighter on the opening, fun "Tennessee River Run," a scene taken right out of his childhood.

"If I'm going to write an uptempo, party song, I'm going to write about something I know about," says Worley. "This song more or less describes a weekend on the lake back there.

Not everything is exactly new material. Worley penned "The Least That You Can Do" 12 years ago with Walt Aldridge in Muscle Shoals, Ala. "It's been around for so long. The whole idea has slipped away from me. He made a few changes for the song, fiddled around and sent me a copy...It goes to show you that any day you sit down to write, could be the day you write the best one. It could be the first song or the last one.

Worley will be hitting the road for the album in an interestingly titled "The Big Men of Country Size Does Matter Tour." Not your typical tour title, but appropriate considering Worley, at 6 feet 6 inches, will be with Trace Adkins, a man of similar height. "We see down the same barrel," Worley says. "We're a lot alike in attitudes and philosophy.

The tour starts in late September for at least 30 to 40 shows with Worley carrying the traditional country torch.

"So far as changing the style of the music, we haven't done that," Worley says. "We don't intend to. We intend to go more towards the more traditional style of country. The roots of country, which is what I'm about.

"I'm just excited about maintaining that direction and not veering off the path we had originally focused on."

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