Womack's latest album a "triumph for country music"
Let's face it – there's just not a lot of a stripped-down, throwback, acoustic sound to Nashville these days. But if you listen closely, you just may find it.
Lee Ann Womack's new album, "The Way I'm Livin'," sounds a lot like everything that is (but isn't) country these days. In an era now dominated by so-called 'bro country' and crossover to pop, Womack is more than happy to stay out of that mix. Instead, she has drenched her tunes in rich melodies and plenty of pedal steel , which has won her plenty of critical acclaim.
In recent months, Womack has been an outspoken critic on today's 'country music.' She told Rolling Stone, "I think what's called country music, what's marketed as country music, has definitely changed. … I am a lover of real country music, what I think is hardcore country music. I miss that. And I see people all the time that also miss it."
Womack certainly serves up plenty of traditional country on her new record, working with husband and producer Frank Liddell to keep production minimal and focus on the lyrics. Fans have embraced the album since it dropped on September 23 via Sugar Hill Records. Not only that, but it received a weighted average of 89 out of 100 at Metacritic based on mainstream reviews. The rating gives the album "Universal Acclaim," with one reviewer calling it a "triumph for country music."
Womack will be one of the featured performers on 2015's Country to country Tour. She will play London's O2 Arena on March 7, 2015, then head to Dublin's 3Arena the following day.
Womack sticks to her country roots (Updated 1/19/14)
Lee Ann Womack's upcoming album, "The Way I'm Living," has been on the back burner a long time. But the title just about says it all for Womack, once a superstar enjoying crossover success but now highly content to be part of a much smaller circle.
Along with Brandy Clark, Brett James and Chris Stapleton, Womack will travel as part of the upcoming 10th season of the CMA Songwriters Series – also slated for the Sundance Film Festival. That two-day event will take place at the ASCAP Music Cafe in Park City, Utah on January 22nd and 23rd. The shows on each day will begin at 4 p.m. MT.
The CMA Songwriters Series is the premier event to showcase the Nashville songwriting community, and Womack & Co. will also make stops in New York City (at the famed Joe's Pub), Austin, Chicago and New York. More details about those additional shows will be announced at a later date.
As if she didn't have enough on her plate, Womack has been tapped by one of country's bigger names to work on a new project. Singer-songwriter David Nail has been teasing the musical departure of his third album with the single, "Whatever She's Got," and Womack will be featured on Nail's forthcoming album, "I'm a Fire," slated to hit stores on March 4. The song Womack will be featured on is "Galveston," a remake of Glen Campbell's track that once made it to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the country "Easy Listening" charts. It was certified gold back in 1969.
About Lee Ann Womack - Updated November 7, 2012
One of the breakout stars of the late 1990's, Lee Ann Womack was born, raised and schooled in country music deep in the heart of Texas. From her first album of self-penned material to her sudden rise to stardom with the 2000 release of "I Hope You Dance," Womack remains one of the most well-known artists of the last several decades.
Though Womack got her start as a traditional country artist, it didn't take her long to find a mainstream audience. On the heels of back-to-back albums – one an eponymous project in '97, followed the next year by "Some Things I Know" – she switched gears for "I Hope You Dance." By that time, she'd had a string of hits like "Never Again, Again," "The Fool," and "A Little Past Little Rock." Still, the success of 'Dance' blew the lid off Womack's career. It rode the top spot on the Billboard County chart for five weeks, crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, and won the Country Music Association's Song and Single of the Year awards.
Womack's fourth studio album, "Something Worth Leaving Behind," bowed in 2002 but failed to find commercial or critical success due to its pop-tinged sound. It also began to mark the end of Womack's reign as one of country's queens. She collaborated with Willie Nelson on "Mendocino County Line" in 2002, and later found success in 2005 with cuts like "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" and "He Oughta Know that by Now." Still, a return to a traditional sound all but guaranteed her time in the spotlight had come to an end.
With six studio albums and two compilations to her name, Womack has sold over 6 million albums worldwide and captured five Academy of Country Music Awards and one Grammy award. In April 2012, she announced plans to release a new album. However, Womack parted ways with her label, MCA Nashville in August 2012.
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