Thursday, June 8, 2023
– Taking the stage at The Ryman Auditorium for Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam last night, honker tonker Jake Worthington joined Stuart for a performance of their unreleased co-write "I'm The One," and Worthington's ballad "State You Left Me In."
Stuart had a surprise in store for Worthington - an invite to play the Grnd Ole Opry on July 21.
"This boy has country music in his heart," Stuart said as he brought Worthington onto the stage. "If I was betting on anybody in country music, I'd put all my chips on this guy. I love him, and I believe in him, he's the real deal."
Worthington later said, "Man, I ain't got no words. At the drop of a hat we will be there. It means the world that Marty Stuart shared this with me. His music has been a heavy influence on mine. He's the king of cool in country music. I've always believed in the power of a song, but I've never seen it playin' out like this for me. It's everything I've ever dreamed of."
Worthington made his Ryman Auditorium debut Tuesday night at songwriter Craig Wiseman's Stars for Second Harvest, earning a standing ovation after his acoustic set.
The La Porte, Texas native will play shows this week at Nashville's CMA Fest, hitting the Chevy Vibes Stage on Friday at 10:15 a.m. and Whiskey Jam on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Worthington released his 13-song debut CD in April.