Nobody who deserves this one more.

Jake Worthington is leading the new wave of traditional country up-and-comers in a big way after the release of his self-titled debut album. Filled with fiddle, steel, heartbreak and beer, Jake has a sound that reminiscent of some of the greats like Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Mark Chesnutt, and even a little bit of George Jones in there too.

Over the past year or so, whenever I’ve asked an artist which up-and-comer they’re excited about, 90% of the time Jake’s name comes up. And it’s not hard to see why, with incredible songs like “State You Left Me In,” the leadoff track from the new album.

Tonight, Jake took to the stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium to perform the song at Marty Stuart’s 20th Annual Late Night Jam.

@whiskeyriff♬ original sound – Whiskey Riff

And after receiving a standing ovation for the performance, Marty had a little surprise for Jake: An invitation to make his Grand Ole Opry debut.

@whiskeyriff Congratulations on getting invited to make your Grand Ole Opry debut @Jake Worthington ♬ original sound – Whiskey Riff

It was clearly a special moment for Jake, who had his mom and family in the audience at the Ryman to witness the invitation.

And with a sound like Jake’s, it’s clear that he belongs in that historic circle – which is just where he’ll be on July 21.


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