Country sounds headed to Mishler: Darryl Worley and songwriter Wynn Varble to perform
Round the Mountain Music presents a new musical experience Aug. 10 with an acoustic opening performance with Nashville songwriter Wynn Varble followed by a 90-minute concert by Darryl Worley, who has scored three No. 1 hits and charted 18 singles.
For the past 18 months, Round the Mountain has offered six “writers’ rounds” as various Nashville songwriters visited Altoona and provided audiences with an intimate view behind the hit songmaking process.
“The show on Saturday Aug. 10 will be different than our normal Songs & Stories shows, but not entirely different,” said organizer Dana Snyder. “Wynn Varble, who performed in our Vol. 5 show in February, returns as the opener and will play acoustic versions of several songs he has written and tell the stories behind how those songs came to be.”
Then Worley and his band takes the Mishler stage.
“Worley has been on an 8-year, self-imposed hiatus from touring to raise his daughter, and we jumped on the opportunity to bring him to Altoona during his first year back,” Snyder said. “Worley is an accomplished songwriter — he cut his teeth as a songwriter before his career as an artist took off, he writes most of his own songs, and he considers himself a songwriter first, performing artist second.”
Worley and Varble are longtime personal friends and musical collaborators, she said. In addition to “Have You Forgotten,” they have co-written many songs together, including these top 15 Billboard Country chart hits released by Worley: “Sounds Like Life To Me,” “I Just Came Back From A War,” and “When You Need My Love.”
Formerly from Nashville, Snyder partners with JT Garber, an Altoona native, to bring these musical giants to Altoona.
“The Mishler serves as an extremely unique venue to see someone with Worley’s resume (18 Billboard country singles, three No. 1 hits) in an intimate theater setting. The audience will enjoy a full concert from a national-level country artist without traveling to Pittsburgh or Philly. They’ll also get a taste of what our Songs & Stories shows are all about.”
Attendees will hear a mix of Worley’s traditionally-styled country hits “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful, Beautiful Life,” paired with new music flavored with blue-eyed soul and an island vibe on “It’s Good to Be Me,” “Lonely Alone,” and “Lay It On Me.” Worley’s “Second Wind: Latest and Greatest” is his first full-length album release in 8 years.
In addition to Worley’s hit “Have You Forgotten,” Varble scored with “Waitin’ on A Woman” by Brad Paisley and “I’m A Little More Country Than That,” a No. 1 recorded by Easton Corbin.
Wynn received Nashville Songwriters Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award in 2009 and debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in 2011. Kellie Pickler reached the Billboard top 20 with “Things that Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” another song co-written by Varble.
Mirror Staff Writer Patt Keith is at 949-7030.
If you go
What: Darryl Worley “Second Wind Tour,” joined by songwriter Wynn Varble
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10
Where: Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Ave., Altoona
Tickets: Start at $37; discount for veterans