Church joined Worsham at the modest Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Lower Broadway in Nashville after wowing an entire football stadium full of people just a few hours earlier. The pair teamed up to cover The Band’s classic tune “Ophelia,” a track that Church has made a staple of his live shows in recent years. The country star shared a video of the performance with the caption, “sometimes CMA Fest brings the unexpected, and a 1AM jam with Charlie Worsham in a 130F degree room is right up there.”
Church may have been exaggerating a bit on the room temperature, but then again, maybe not. The tiny stage at Ernest Tubb’s could barely hold the talent inside — which also included Brandy Clark at one point in the night — much less the crowd.
Another highlight of Church’s surprise appearance included a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine.” At last year’s CMA Fest, Church joined Chris Stapleton at Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam to perform “The Weight,” another classic tune from The Band.
Worsham hosted the free, three-night “Midnight Jam” each evening of the festival, which switched to a larger venue on the final night to accommodate more people and sweltering temperatures.