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Lee Ann Womack to Perform Anthem on Thanksgiving Day Football

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Lee Ann Womack will perform the National Anthem during the Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles game in Arlington, TX on Thanksgiving day with a very special guest. The legendary Paul Franklin will accompany on guitar.

“Paul brings so much heart to the songs he plays on,” says Womack. “When I was asked, I didn’t just want to go and sing, I wanted to really invest this performance of our national anthem with something that makes us all reconsider what the song is expressing. If you’ve ever heard Paul’s musicianship and the emotions he brings out, I think having him play opens up so many aspects of what Francis Scott Key was celebrating when he wrote that.”

Tune in Nov. 27th at 3:30pm ET on FOX-TV.

CMT Celebrates the “Next Women of Country” at Star-Studded Event

Photo credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Photo credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

For the second year in a row, CMT gathered today to celebrate the rising female artists in country music at Nashville’s recently-opened City Winery. Co-hosted by CMT’s SVP of Music Strategy Leslie Fram and country music powerhouse Lee Ann Womack, the event brought together artists and industry dignitaries to pay homage to the new generation of signed and unsigned female artists making an impact on country music.

CMT announced it will continue to expand its NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY franchise, adding four new females to the list: Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn. In a newly-announced role as mentor, singer/songwriter Jewel took the stage and pledged her support in a heartfelt speech, imploring female artists to take chances and feel as important as their male counterparts.

“Our mission remains as critical as ever now in our second year of NEXT WOMEN,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “As champions of music, we have to ensure these incredible female voices are heard. It’s time for a change in the male-dominated format, and CMT is proud to celebrate and empower the female voices that are making an indelible mark in country music.”

Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw surprised the crowd by introducing co-hosts Fram and Womack. Guests of the event were treated to acoustic performances by nine of CMT’s NEXT WOMEN, including: Ballerini, Kelleigh Bannen, Lindsay Ell, Guyton, Jana Kramer, Maddie & Tae, Angaleena Presley, RaeLynn and Natalie Stovall. Among the industry guests in attendance were: George Briner, SVP of promotion for The Valory Music Co.; Mike Dungan, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville; John Esposito, president & CEO of Warner Music Nashville; Gordon S. Kerr, CEO of Black River Entertainment; Chris Loss, VP of promotion for Stoney Creek Records; Shane McAnally, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter; Chris Stacey, general manager of Dot Records; and Brian Thomas, corporate program director at Cumulus and program director of NASH FM/New York.

CMT’s NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY franchise showcases signed and unsigned female artists across CMT platforms and at NextWomen.CMT.com. Since its launch in January 2013, several alumnae — Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves and Cassadee Pope — found success ranging from commercial to critical acclaim. With the newest additions, the network has named 25 major label, indie label and unsigned female artists to its NEXT WOMEN list.

For more on the latest rising female stars in country music, visit NextWomen.CMT.com. Here, fans can find exclusive content from the NEXT WOMEN artists, including video premieres, exclusive performances and more. Join the conversation using #NextWomen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Photo: Front (L-R): Jana Kramer, Kelsea Ballerini, Rachel Farley, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn, Angaleena Presley, Maddie Marlow (Maddie & Tae), Tae Dye (Maddie & Tae), Lindsay Ell, Kelleigh Bannen, Natalie Stovall; Back (L-R): Rose Falcon, Cassadee Pope, Lee Ann Womack, Leslie Fram, CMT SVP of Music Strategy, Kristen Kelly, Sarah Darling, Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery;

Lee Ann Womack to Tour in London and Dublin

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Lee Ann Womack has always been one of those artists who transcends labels, genres and great divides. Having sung for Nelson Mandela at the Concert for the Nobel Prize and Dr. Maya Angelou at her Celebration of Hope Rising, her appeal reaches beyond the traditional country star. And now that appeal is reaching across the Atlantic, where Womack will be one of the featured performers on 2015’s Country To Country Tour.

She will play London’s massive O2 Arena on Saturday, March 7, then head to Dublin’s 3Arena to play for the Irish fans on Sunday, March 8. Designed to create a diverse picture of what country music can be, Womack shares the bill with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Brandy Clark.

“One of the things I’ve always loved about England is how wide-open and embracing they are of music, without worrying so much about what it is,” Womack says. “But I also know both the UK and Irish fans listen so much closer to the music, they really pay attention to the lyrics and the poetry – and they really love true, hard country music and wonderful songs like very few do!”

Womack would know. Recently featured in a 7,000 word profile in No Depression by noted author David Cantwell, he wrote of her artistic lean,

“Her music’s the same as gospel in some ways, just looked at from life’s other side.” The Nashville Scene seconds that emotion, offering of The Way I’m Livin’s essence, “knotty narratives dominate. What really makes them feel adult, and particularly ill-suited to partying, is the way their protagonists refuse to lie to themselves about the consequences of their actions and the states of their souls. Call it gospel-versant realism.”

While Womack gears up for her 2015 tour, lucky fans on the West Coast, as well as a few select Midcentral dates can hear the band that prompted NPR’s Ann Powers to tell “World Café” in their Americana festival coverage, “I’m definitely going to her show, and standing in the front row, cheering her on.”

10/22 – Napa, CA – City Winery
10/23 – Redding, CA – Cascade Theatre
10/24 – Grass Valley, CA – The Center for the Arts
11/12 – Wilmington, DE – World Café Live
11/13 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen County Performing Arts Center
11/14 – Washington, DC – Lisner Auditorium
12/05 – Broken Arrow, OK – Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center
12/06 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Resort & Casino – Showroom

Lee Ann Womack Goes Back To Roots With New Album

Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack is finally making the music she wants to make. Lee Ann’s new album is a collection of country covers called “The Way I’m Livin’.”

Lee Ann tells the Associated Press for years she was pressured to produce hits, but once she fulfilled her contract with MCA Nashville, she let out a sigh of relief. She says she had all kinds of music she wanted to make, including with collaborators like roots musician Buddy Miller, but didn’t feel she could do that until now.  Lee Ann says she wanted to create the kind of music she heard on country radio growing up. She put a lot of what she calls “hardcore country music” into the record.

“The Way I’m Livin'” is available NOW!

Lee Ann Womack & John Legend Make Musical Magic on CMT Crossroads

Photo credit: Jason Davis/Getty Images

Photo credit: Jason Davis/Getty Images

John Legend teamed up with Lee Ann Womack Wednesday night in Nashville for one of the most special episodes of CMT CROSSROADS in franchise history. CMT CROSSROADS: JOHN LEGEND AND LEE ANN WOMACK premieres Friday, September 26th at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on CMT.

Photo credit: Jason Davis/Getty Images

Photo credit: Jason Davis/Getty Images

The two artists, who met for the first time on stage at rehearsal, performed together as if they have been friends for years. They were joined on stage by Womack’s band featuring acclaimed musicians Mac McAnally, Glenn Worf, Jed Hughes and Jim Hoke. Legend and Womack merged their R&B and country styles on songs including Legend’s “All of Me” and “Green Light,” and Womack’s CMA Single of the Year Award winners “I May Hate Myself In The Morning” and “I Hope You Dance.” Legend also performed his latest single “You and I (Nobody In The World)” and Womack played the title track from her upcoming album “The Way I’m Livin,” arriving in stores next week.

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