Album Review By: Penny
Rondinella, CSO Staff Journalist
became best known for his charismatic patriotism when the hit
song "Have You Forgotten" took the world by storm
but he also known for his powerful ballads. Darryl Worley is
about to pass another milestone with the release of the
powerful song "Just Came Back From A War" from his
new album Here and Now. The song, which is
racing up the country music charts, is the first song to be
released on 903 Music label; the label started by Neal McCoy.
Darryl plays the part of a
returning war vet whose buddies say he’s changed. The phrase
that struck me the most on this song was "I hope you
cherish this sweet way of life / and I hope you know that it
comes with a price." I pray that people will listen and
embrace this song and feel the need to support our soldiers
that are fighting for our freedom at this very moment.
Darryl shows us his hard
rockin' honky-tonk side in "Jumpin' Off The Wagon."
What a great way to start this album, It kicks off with such a
great stomping beat. The lyrics illustrate his independence in
writing and what he feels about his life now, and not caring
who knows about it. Darryl states, "You haven’t really
gotten to know me until you've had a chance to get out and
party with me. That's why I made up my mind that with every
track on Here and Now, I’m going to say exactly what
I want to say. I'm going to make the record I want to
I've wondered myself, seeing
the change in his life over the past year what was going on
with him and now I know. He is showing who is in control of
his life now, doing the kind of music he likes and says with
that comes a freedom he didn't know until now. I believe he
sounds much better than he ever has. The key step was Worley
hooking up with Neal McCoy's label 903 Music, whose
artist-driven mission fit Worley's needs of being and doing it
all his own way.
On this album he shows us
that he can still sing an awesome ballad, but he can also show
us his honky-tonk side of life he portrays. Every album should
have at least one "Party Song" on it. Everybody
loves a party song; it picks you up when you’re feeling
down. Something you could put on and dance to and just have
fun with. That is how this song makes you feel when you hear
it, even for the very first time.
The steamy and sexy tale of
"Nothin' But A Love Thang", along with the video,
shows another side of Darryl Worley we haven’t seen, plus a
new hair style and a tattoo and all.
This thirteen track album
has many other amazing songs on it that shows us what Worley
can do, and he wrote on each and every one of them.
"Things I'll Never Do
Again," is about someone doing time and having time only
to think of things he'll never have time to do again.
"Slow Dancin' with a
Memory" relates the story of a man having a real hard
time at the loss of a love, and wishing he could slow dance
with her just one more time.
"Whiskey Makes The
World Go Round" is a slap stick kind of song that talks
about how one drink of whiskey leads to another which leads to
not only making the world go round but also the room or where
ever you are go round and round and round.
Worley’s talents and
passion are not limited to his music, he spent many countless
hours performing for our troops all over the world and donates
his talent, time and money to his own community; hosting an
annual fundraising event called the Tennessee River Run, which
benefits those in need in his hometown area of Savannah,