Fresh from “Outlaw: A Tribute To Waylon Jennings,” the icon and alternative all-star celebration with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves and Alison Krauss of the original Outlaw at Austin’s Moody Theater, Lee Ann Womack brings her own songs to tastemaker site Daytrotter for an intimate acoustic performance. Drawing on several songs from her Grammy-nominated The Way I’m Livin‘, the Lone Star woman pulls back the curtain on some of the album’s more wrenching songs.
“It’s scary how many more ways there are to discover music,” Womack marvels. “When I was a little girl, my biggest treat was to go to the radio station where my dad was a disc jockey, because he’d let me spread all the records out on the floor and really look at what the songs were, who played on’em, wrote’em. I thought I’d found a treasure chest, and it let me know so much more about what the music was… I felt so special.”
“Now because of the internet, there are all these other platforms and places you can go and discover things you might not hear about otherwise. You know, just in seeing one thing, you get led to something else… and it can be so good! So I love the idea of getting out there and playing this music at places like Daytrotter, because who knows who might hear it and get turned onto some progressive, but hardcore country? To be able to do that, especially as much as I love to play, well, there’s nothing better.
Womack’s had quite a year since her return with The Way I’m Livin’. Beyond the Grammy nod, she’s picked up Americana nominations for Artist and Album of the Year, as well as a pair of CMT Music Video Awards nominations for Female Video for “The Way I’m Livin’” and CMT Performance for her “Crossroads” with John Legend. She also finished near the top of the Nashville Scene Country Critics’ Poll and was named one of 2015’s Top 10 Albums by Esquire.