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Album Review

Darryl Worley was born and raised in Tennessee. He has mentioned being influenced by country greats like Hank Williams, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard. Hints of those influences show through in Worley's own music, but without taking over. Hard Rain Don't Last is his debut full-length offering. He co-wrote many of the tunes on this first album, including "When You Need My Love," "Feels Like Work," "If I Could Just Be Me," "A Good Day to Run," and "Too Many Pockets," as well as the impressive title track. A number of the tunes made their way onto the Top 20 charts. The songs on Hard Rain Don't Last move from slow and soft ballads to toe-tapping Western swing filled with the sound of the expected steel guitar and fiddle, and are all enjoyable. Though a lot of country music seems caught somewhere closer to pop or rock than country, this recording proves that traditional doesn't have to be outdated.

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Undiscovered Gem

Hard Rain Don't Last, Darryl Worley's first album, showcases his songwriting skills and his ability to deliver a classic yet updated honky-tonk sound. He's at his best with the nicely-moving two-steps A Good Day To Run and Sideways, but introspective songs like The Way Things Are Goin' and Second Wind highlight his strength at using simple yet elegant language to create a mood and paint a picture, and Worley even flirts with a hint of Western Swing (Too Many Pockets). Because this mostly upbeat album predates Have You Forgotten? many may not have heard this fine effort from a unique New Traditionalist voice.

What a great Rookie album

Some county artists take several albums to mature but DW did it on his first try. Than he never slowed down. Very soulful voice and not a bad face to look at either. You get the whole package.

Underrated first album

This is among one of the best debut albums I've ever heard, but sadly it was overshadowed once "Have You Forgotten" came out a few years later. It's right up there with the debuts from other neo-traditional country artists such as Tracy Lawrence and Brad Paisley. Expect nothing but genuine, pure country here, complete with lots of fiddle, steel guitar, dobro, and even some lovely bluegrass like harmonies that blend perfectly with Darryl's twangy baritone. Actually, I'd say a lot of the music here reminds me of the early 90's country when the neo-traditional style was still very popular.

The first single "When You Need My Love" is one of my all time favorite songs, and should've been a much bigger debut for Darryl. Despite it's chart performance, this song is a classic in my mind. I just love the melody, lyrics, Darryl's vocals, and the dobro playing. Another favorite, "Second Wind," is a gorgeous ballad about wanting to find peace out on the ocean after a breakup. "A Good Day To Run" and "Feels Like Work" are fun, breezy songs about wanting to escape the work day grind, and both would fit perfectly on a road trip playlist. "Is It Just Us" is one of my favorites as well. It's a lovely midtempo love song that sort of reminds me of George Strait. Other highlights include : "The Way Things Are Goin;" "Who's Gonna Get Me Over You," "Hard Rain Don't Last," and "Those Less Fortunate Than I." But really, you can't go wrong with any song on this album. It's truly worth getting in it's entirety.


Born: October 31, 1964 in Pyburn, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Country singer/songwriter Darryl Worley grew up in Pyburn, TN, the son of a father who left his job at a local paper company to become a Methodist preacher and a mother who was a featured singer in the church choir. He became a hard-working yet rebellious young man -- earning a degree in biology with a minor in organic chemistry while drinking bootlegged whiskey and partying at honky tonks -- who never gave up on making music his full-time pursuit. While holding various jobs, including a stint as...
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