Posted On 22 Mar 2017
Meet the Nashville-based artist Danny Worsnop! He has released a new live video for his introspective track “Prozac.” The track’s intimate lyrics mixed with its bluesy, soulful sound is a perfect snapshot of his debut solo effort, The Long Road Home (Earache Records) released on February 17th.
The collection’s lead single is “Anyone But Me.”
Featuring 12 soul-baring songs, this album tells Danny’s whisky-drenched tale of sex, boozing, death and violence. At the age of just 26, his life has been filled with tumultuous peaks and snarls. His hard-drinking lifestyle has caused him to be homeless three times, go through rehab twice and be hospitalized numerous times. The Long Road Home is a courageous demonstration of his lust for life, as he takes to the country-rock world to open up about his troubled past.
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Learn more about Danny in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What are some words you would use to describe 2016? What were some of the highlights for you and your music? What are you most excited about for 2017?
2016 was a prep year for me. I primarily worked behind closed doors setting up everything for 2017. I left Los Angeles and moved over to Nashville to establish a new home, fresh start, and clean slate. I spent a lot of time in the studio working on The Long Road Home along with lining up the steps for my other business, all of which are looking to be released this year. It was stressful and busy, but putting that time in definitely eases the workload for 2017 so I can spend more time on the road.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your first musical memory?
Music was always a big part of my life. I started playing at a very young age and always focused heavily on it, be it through songwriting, learning various instruments, playing in the orchestra, or playing songs for myself. I had all the intention of joining the military before being presented with the opportunity to move to the USA and sign a record deal. It was a huge leap of faith but it has paid off thus far with each of my endeavors and I hope it does so the same with this album.
You just released your debut solo album, The Long Road Home. What was it like putting together such an emotional collection? Did it feel a little like therapy going through it all?
The Long Road Home was a big departure for me compared to how I have written songs in the past. I’ve always been honest in my songwriting, however I’ve never dug as deep as when writing this. It started out as merely a form of self-therapy to sort through, face, and overcome a lot of the baggage I’ve held on to from my unfortunate experiences over the years. The more I wrote, the more open I became, and the more I learned about myself. It was hard at times and near impossible at others but I knew it was a journey I had to go through if I was ever going to put those things behind me. It really became something beautiful that helped me grow and become a better man. I couldn’t be prouder of what I’ve accomplished both musically and personally.
What’s it been like transitioning from being in the metal band Asking Alexandria to being a solo artist? What’s been the most challenging part about the change? What do you miss about being in the group?
Asking Alexandria was a big part of my life but I’d been writing songs my whole life so it wasn’t a huge transition. You have to remember that We Are Harlot began as a solo endeavor before it became what it is today. I’ve always been very much a lone wolf and I think my focus leaning towards solo work was always inevitable. I still work with both Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot, and that will never change – they are, at the end of the day, still my creations and I have spent a lot of time working on making them successful. I love the bands and the guys in them and am working on new albums for both.
Can you talk about the inspiration behind your album’s lead single “Anyone But Me”? How did it come together exactly?
“Anyone But Me” was written with some dear friends of mine, Terri Jo Box and Randall Clay. I was coming out of a long term relationship that I thought was going to be the last. Afterwards I was in the headspace that maybe I just was incapable of having that and out came the song. The acceptance of being unable to be truly happy, and the inevitability of heartbreak in any relationship I got in to.
What artists have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
There are countless people I’d love to work with, and I wouldn’t even want to begin to start contemplating starting to write a list of them. I love working with other artists, it helps me grow as a songwriter and it always brings a new dynamic to a song that would be impossible for me to achieve by myself.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? What do you hope is the message of your songs?
This album is so varied and diverse that I hope everyone gives it a chance and finds something they love in it. I truly feel it’s the best work I’ve ever done and I couldn’t be more in love with what was born of these experiences. Go out, pick up a copy, and find something to fall in love with. I hope it helps even one person through some tough times as it has helped me.