NBC's, "The Voice" has been an incredible platform for artists with real talent to gain some publicity. While they often do not go on to have the same success as some of the former American Idol winners, many of the country artists have done well for themselves on the Texas radio charts. Jake Worthington has taken his mature, easily distinguishable voice and continues to tear up the tour circuit.
After finishing runner up in 2014 on "The Voice" he released his self titled EP in 2015 which featured music for fans to finally feast upon. This EP is what put Worthington on my radar and got me hooked. Most true country fans realize that "The Voice" has not propelled the top finishers to insane mainstream success, but many of us realize how good these artists actually are.
A song like, "A Lot of Room to Talk" will enlighten you on the talent this young man has. Aside from his powerful voice that exudes sincerity, Jake can make you feel a song like this. I can feel the heartbreak portrayed in this song and the regret for failing to listen to his former partner. When listening to music, there are moments where you get "chills" or "that feeling" where it feels special. This song truly did that for me and grew my appreciation for Jake and his craft.
Not all songs have to be about heartbreak however, and Worthington opens the new EP, "Hell of a Highway" with a honky tonkin' up-tempo tune that will surely have you dancing right along. While "How Do you Honkey Tonk" leans lyrically towards the mainstream side of appeal, it stays true to boot stompin' country. There's no artificial instruments here and there is fiddle so I'm a happy camper. No matter what critics say, everyone likes to let loose once in a while and songs like this are welcomed in my opinion. Once those adult beverages start flowing, it's crucial for the artist's to keep the crowd engaged at a concert. There will be no foreseeable issues with fan when Jake and the band plays this song.
Many folks, including myself, think fondly back to the days of 90's country. It was a time that had a much higher level of quality of music on the radio and was the era of many country greats. Jake brings out "Hell of a Highway" on this EP and it has become one of my favorites off it. It's 90's country at it's greatest and I'm thrilled that he chose to do a song like this. The opening lyrics describe watching his partner leave him and drive away, the disbelief setting in that she's gone. These are the songs that tend to stick with you over time, not all the high octane party songs.
The importance of what artists like Worthington are doing after "The Voice," is staying true to their quality of music. As a big fan of Curtis Grimes, he has remained loyal to country music and keeps pushing ahead. By staying the course and resisting the pressures to conform to mainstream influences, they are proving the people want to hear this "higher-level" music. It may not be the fastest road, but it is the most genuine, learning-filled, and sustainable. Nice work on this on Jake! Be sure to give it a listen below!
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