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Eden Langworthy breaks Top 15 on Internet

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By Carolyn Risner

From the moment you ring the doorbell, there is no doubt about what drives Eden Langworthy: his family and his music.

The affable Langworthy greets guests in his bare feet and torn jeans. A tattoo in large ornate script says “Windy”, his wife of some 25 years and the person responsible for most of the words that flow from his brain to his fingertips as he writes songs inspired by those he loves and the life he lives.

Inside his studio, computers, guitars and drums line the floor of the small room in the front of his home outside Williston. The walls are littered with guitars and photographs of family and friends–and even a few celebrities, like Joe Diffie and Wynonna Judd and Buddy Jewel.

For as long as he can remember, music has been a major factor in his life, he said, and last week, one of his songs, When Life was a Ride in the Country, written and performed by the Williston son, climbed to Number 15 on the country charts of New Music Weekly.

The Internet chart is based on the reportings of 100 different radio stations across the country, Langworthy explained. Each station reports what it is playing and the chart ranks them according to air time.

The newest accolade for Langworthy is especially appealing because there are few charts that count for anything these days, he said. Aside from Billboard and Music Row’s Breakout Chart, New Music Weekly is the premiere spot for musicians and songwriters.

Self-taught, Langworthy has learned to do his own videography and mixes some of his tunes at home.

“I’ve written thousands of songs over the years,” he said. A few of those have been recorded and he said he gets a few royalty checks.

But that’s not why he does it.

“If success comes, fine,” he said. “And if it doesn’t, fine. Music makes me happy.”

He’s constantly humming a tune, searching the Web for music or strumming on one of his guitars. Typically, the music comes and the lyrics follow, he said.

When Life was a Ride in the Country showcases Langworthy’s vocals and not one of the dozen singers he’s written for. Before now, he’d never given much thought to singing his own songs, but with encouragement from friends, he decided to give it a try. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Check out Williston’s latest celebrity at ww.myspace.com/edenlangworthymusicpublishing. The next time you see him could be on the CMAs.