Friday, May 15, 2009 – What started as a harrowing day for Darryl Worley trying to get from Nashville to a concert in Miles City, Mont. ended with a trip to the hospital and a storm-shortened set.
Worley arrived home from a show in Chattanooga, Tenn. at 12:30 a.m. Thursday and was back up a scant few hours later to catch a 6 a.m. flight from Nashville to Billings, Mont. and a 140-mile ride to the southeastern Montana Fairgrounds in Miles City. When he arrived at the Nashville airport, he was informed his plane had been struck by lightning and the flight was canceled. Never one to miss a show, a private jet was arranged to fly him straight to Miles City.
He hit the stage just as a large storm blew in. Worley had just started his second song when a 40-50 miles per hour gust of wind lifted the lid off a road case and hurled it in his direction. Before he had a chance to react, the lid hit his microphone stand and then struck him on the head.
Emergency personnel rushed to the stage and bandaged a gash in his head as well as they could. As he was being transported to the emergency room, Worley was coherent enough to tell his tour manager, Joe Morris, he would come back and finish the show for any fans who stayed. He received seven stitches at the hospital, signed autographs, took pictures with the staff and headed back to the fairgrounds.
More than 800 people weathered the storm, and Worley returned to the stage and played another 50 minutes for the appreciative audience before the rain and wind finally shut down the show.
Worley performs at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena, Mont. tonight before heading to Detroit for a date at the WYCD Downtown Hoedown on Saturday. His Sounds Like Life To Me music video debuted at number 6 on GAC's Top 20. His debut album for Stroudavarious Records, "Sounds Like Life," hits stores June 9.