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Charlie Worsham Southern Comfort

 

July 9, 2014

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If Charlie Worsham’s career ever dries up, he knows exactly what he’d want to do next.

“I would want to be Anthony Bourdain,” the 28-year-old country artist says with a laugh. Busy globetrotting in support of his recently-released debut album Rubberband, Worsham reasons he’s already halfway there. Sure, his ingredients are a bit different—a dollop of bluegrass banjo, a splash of Southern charm and heavy helping of good old-fashioned storytelling. But the end game is quite similar: Pure entertainment served with a side of joy.

RAGGED caught up with Worsham shortly before his set at Stagecoach Music Festival to learn about his first songs, impressive gigs and the one rule he tries to live his life by.

When did music start for you?

My dad, when I was younger, played drums in a local band. Between all the music growing up and being incredibly bad at all types of sports, I never really had a choice. I was bound to play music.

What was the first song that you wrote?
The first couple of songs that I wrote were actually jingles for a local hair salon and a seed store. [Laughs] They paid me 100 bucks, each of them, and played them on the local radio station. I was hooked!

How does a 12-year-old end up performing at the Grand Ole Opry?
I played a banjo competition that had this prestigious title. It’s the Junior National Banjo Championship. I won! It’s in the hometown of Grand Ole Opry star Mike Snider. So I wrote him a letter and gave him the “wink-wink, hey, I’ve always been a fan of you and the Opry, I’d love to play that some day.” Next thing I know, he calls our house and invites me to play on the Opry. We went downtown and bought a rhinestone jacket so that I could look official. To this day, it’s one of the highlights of my life… That first time, I was too young to really get the full taste of nerves. It felt more like an out-of-body experience than anything else!

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Do It Yourself: Summer Fishtail Braid

 

July 7, 2014

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Summer By The Sea His & Hers

 

July 2, 2014

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Lucy Hale’s Third #ARALLACCESS Blog Post

 

June 30, 2014

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WOW! This has been a truly fantastic experience! The American Rag All Access campaign was such a blast!

When I first heard about American Rag All Access, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.  Not only do the clothes mirror my style aesthetic-  casual but cool, comfortable but stylish-the campaign celebrates my love of music. There were so many highlights over the past few months, it’s hard to say what my favorite moments were. Definitely one of them was performing at MACYS and getting to meet such amazing fans who came to celebrate with me! I was honored to be able to share that moment with everyone. I was even interviewed by a fan for RAGGED Magazine! She was such a pleasure and I’m so happy she was able to spend the time with me at MACYS.

Another very cool part of my involvement with All Access was when I was invited to the be the Editor At Large for RAGGED Magazine. I’m sure I drove the editor crazy with my many emails and ideas! A lot of work goes into putting a magazine together each month; I have such a new respect for what editors do!

Most of all though, my favorite part of All Access was getting the opportunity to connect with YOU! I can’t thank you enough for being the amazing, beautiful, smart, lovely people that you are. I hope you remember that dreams can and do come true. Never give up, remember you are capable of anything you want to accomplish in life! I believe in you and thank you for believing in me!

- Lucy

RAGGED Exclusive: Civil Twilight New Dawn

 

June 19, 2014

From the pages of RAGGED we’re psyched to give you an exclusive excerpt from our interview with one of our favorite bands Civil Twilight! Have you entered the Win The Shirt Off My Back Sweepstakes? You’ll want to after reading the entire article in the full issue download (for free!).

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Steve and Andrew McKellar opt to sit on the porch of a local café. It’s uncharacteristically hot for mid-April, with the sun blazing across the shade-barren terrace. The coffee shop is meant to channel the Pacific Northwest, a part of the world that is near to Steve’s heart. Living life often on the road, McKellar has absorbed different cultures, soaking up the personalities of a variety of cities. Vancouver is a personal favorite.

“That part of the world. I remember the first time I went there, I thought, ‘I could definitely retire here as an old man and just play backgammon on the corner, the street corner, sipping coffee,’” he laughs.

Instead, they’re sipping coffee in Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, the two brothers moved to the charming American Southern metropolis five years ago, by way of Los Angeles, after a short stint living in South Carolina. They have great affection for the city, for its vibrant culture and artistic communities. Plus, it is here that they met their fourth bandmate, Kevin Dailey.

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Perhaps it is these fleeting places, coupled with nomadic months on tour, that allow Civil Twilight to craft such beautifully atmospheric compositions; their last album, Holy Weather, is packed to the brim with visceral emotion, expanding and compressing sounds that emulate the peaks and lulls of life.

Nostalgia accompanies the record; like a loyal friend, the feeling of places past creeps into every lyric. “It’s hard to avoid nostalgia in songs because even if you write about exactly what you’re going through in that very moment, which is very rare, as soon as that moment’s gone, it’s going to become nostalgic, so you can’t really avoid nostalgia. We can play with it. I like that idea.”

Having grown up in a very different Cape Town than the one that exists today, Steve and Andrew moved to America to realize their dreams of a musical career. “It was interesting to grow up in that time. It was a beautiful place and we were isolated from the rest of the world,” Steve says of their native city.

READ THE FULL Q&A IN THE NEW ISSUE OF RAGGED, AVAILABLE FOR A FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

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