Since Little Jimmy Dickens’ death at 94 on Friday, country artists have been paying tribute in various ways. Brad Paisley posted a touching note on his website, while Hank Williams Jr. penned a remembrance for Nashville newspaper the Tennessean. On the day after the Grand Ole Opry star’s passing, however, Charlie Worsham honored Dickens by filming himself singing “Country Boy.” (Watch the video above.)
One of Dickens’ earliest songs — and Worsham’s favorite — “Country Boy” was recorded in 1949, shortly after the song that gave him his nickname, “Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” became a Top 10 hit. In “Country Boy,” Dickens even name-checks himself with a line about being “a tater-eatin’ country boy,” which Worsham delivers with a grin in his video.
Prior to his musical salute, Worsham tells a story about sharing a dressing room with Dickens at the Grand Ole Opry, where he entertained guests with a string of one-liners. “Country music never had a better ambassador,” Worsham says. “If you could embody the spirit of country music, it would be Little Jimmy Dickens without a doubt.”
Worsham, who released his critically acclaimed debut album Rubberband in 2013, is currently in the studio working on new music. In early December, he tweeted to song pitchers apparently in the dark about his traditional sound: “dear people who make Nashville pitch sheets. I am NOT looking for ‘Jason Aldean songs’ – listen to my 1st record & you’ll be a LOT closer.” Later this month, Worsham will hit the road for a tour of Canada with Dallas Smith and Sundy Best.