Darryl Worley

Darryl Worley

by Darryl WorleyDarryl Worley




On his last disc, Have You Forgotten?, hard-country newcomer Darryl Worley topped the charts with his topical, prowar sentiment. This time around, however, the Tennessee-bred performer turns his attention closer to home, devoting much of this self-titled effort to family: the issues that hold blood kin together and tear them apart. On the thumping, rocking "Awful Beautiful Life," Worley sings of a typical Sunday afternoon featuring food, squabbling, and lots of love amid some tears. On "If Something Should Happen," a tuneful, mid-tempo shuffle replete with twanging guitar and moaning pedal steel, he takes the role of a man appealing to his friends to take care of his loved ones if he doesn't survive a surgical procedure. A love affair's end dominates some barflies' besotted conversation in the surging "I Love Her, She Hates Me," with a screaming fiddle and a foreboding top-strings guitar lick evoking the protagonist's anguish. "Work and Worry," paired here as paths to destruction, takes off from a shambling honky-tonk shuffle into a horn-driven Dixieland party. On a note of social responsibility, in "Wake Up America" Worley rips the drug culture as "a poison...spreading like a bad disease," tearing families and small towns apart, in an atmospheric, swirling arrangement that alternates deliberate, measured verses with propulsive, guitar-powered choruses. Worley has a rich, expressive voice, and at times his sound evokes a young Merle Haggard, especially on tender ballads such as the hymnlike "What Makes a Man Do That." The voice, the texts, and the arrangements make Darryl Worley an effective and moving portrait of this promising artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2004
Label: Dreamworks Nashville
UPC: 0602498620731
catalogNumber: 000232202


  1. Awful Beautiful Life
  2. If I Could Tell the Truth
  3. I Love Her, She Hates Me
  4. If Something Should Happen
  5. Work and Worry
  6. If It Hadn't Been for Love
  7. Was It Good for You
  8. Find Me
  9. Wake Up America
  10. What Makes a Man Do That
  11. Better Than I Deserve
  12. Whistle Dixie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darryl Worley   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Vibes
Curtis Wright   Background Vocals
Matt Davich   Clarinet
Kevin Grantt   Bass Guitar
Steve Hinson   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums,Shaker
Neal Rosengarden   Trumpet
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Melodie Crittenden   Choir, Chorus
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Hi String
Kim Parent   Choir, Chorus
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano,Hammond Organ
Sharif Iman   Choir, Chorus
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Joe Murphy   Tuba

Technical Credits

Tim Owens   Composer
Buddy Brock   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Steve Short   Engineer
Brian David Willis   Engineer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Kim Williams   Composer
Jerry Salley   Composer
Steve Leslie   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Wynn Varble   Composer
Darryl Worley   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Frank Rogers   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Darren Welch   Art Direction
Dave Turnbull   Composer
Dan Demay   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Don Poythress   Composer

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