To usher in the daily festivities at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 19-21 on Lay Lake out of Birmingham, Ala., country music sensations Darryl Worley and Chris Young will perform live, free concerts at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex during the super bowl of bass fishing. Worley will be featured Friday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. CT while Young will preview the Classic weigh-in on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. CT.
Throughout his impressive career in the music business, Worley has scored numerous award nominations and has had countless hits from his stellar albums, which have sold more than two million copies worldwide. Worley's 17 hit singles including "A Good Day to Run," "When You Need My Love," and chart-toppers "I Miss My Friend," "Have You Forgotten" and "Awful, Beautiful Life."
This past summer, Worley released his sixth studio album, Sounds Like Life. He wrote eight of the 11 tunes on the album. "Sounds like Life to Me" quickly soared up the country singles chart landing Worley yet another Top 10 song.
"I'm really looking forward to hanging out with some serious fishermen at the Bassmaster Classic," said Worley. "Although we weren't after the big bass, I use to make my living as a commercial fisherman. I think the Classic fans will be able to relate to my music just like I can relate to their love of the sport. I'm excited about the event and I just know it's going to be a good time."
While Worley is a country-music veteran, Young is quickly distinguishing himself as a newcomer who honors country music's best traditions in addition to adding a fresh, new chapter to the genre's legacy. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young's sophomore project, The Man I Want to Be — featuring his current smash single, "Gettin' You Home" — is an album that showcases a new traditionalist poised to take his place among his musical heroes.
It's that combination of youthful enthusiasm and seasoned musicianship that has earned Young both the respect of his elders and the devotion of country fans. His self-titled RCA Nashville debut project made him country's best selling new male artist of 2006 and earned him a nod in the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist category.
Pairing successful musical acts with Bassmaster Classic weigh-ins has proven to be a hit with fishing fans, especially when the festivities remain free. At the 2009 Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport-Bossier City, La., and 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason in Montgomery, Ala., The Zac Brown Band played to capacity crowds.