Jim Kaufman

Rolling Stone’s Country Artists You Need to Know: Danny Worsnop

“After years of work and teasing its existence, Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop delivers his long-gestating debut solo album this Friday. The Long Road Home [produced by Jim Kaufman] transposes his trademark raspy vocals into the worlds of country and rootsy rock music for songs about the bottle, songs about pain, and songs about songs.

Although the album is finally coming out, Worsnop’s work is just beginning, as he plans to spend 2017 doing extensive touring on the record, as well as producing videos for each of the album’s tracks. Stream the record below, and read on for Worsnop’s thoughts on the album’s lengthy creation stage, how his voice fits into this different musical realm, and why these songs were never meant to be shared.” –AllMusic

Sounds Like: Moody, introspective power country delivered by a metal singer with a hangover

For Fans of: Cody Jinks, Aaron Lewis, hard-rockers gone country

Why You Should Pay Attention: As the singer for metal-electronica band Asking Alexandria, the England-born Worsnop has become expert at screaming his tortured lyrics at fans around the globe (he’s toured with fellow Nashville transplants Halestorm). On his first-ever solo album, however, the singer-songwriter emphasizes nuance over volume. The Long Road Home is a collection of rootsy alt-country (“I’ll Hold On”) and brooding Americana (“Prozac”) with a dash of bro (“Mexico”), all delivered in Worsnop’s raspy, lived-in voice. He’s had Number One success on the U.S. hard-rock charts with Asking Alexandria, and the brash, tattooed fast-talker is determined to do likewise in country.

He Says: “When it came to writing this album, I’m not relying on a bunch of guitar solos or overlays of an orchestra, horn section and choir. It’s just me and my acoustic guitar right now and I have to tell a story that people really want to listen to. Otherwise, it’s dogshit and no one is going to give a fuck.”

Hear for Yourself: The album’s one outside track “Prozac,” written by the Civil Wars’ John Paul White, is a dirge-like ballad, lamenting the chemicals one needs to keep going after too much hard living.”

Read the full Rolling Stone article HERE

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