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Lee Ann Womack Gets Intimate with Daytrotter

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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.



Lee Ann Womack Sells Out Dallas; Makes It A Double!

Lee Ann Womack

If the time away from touring worried anyone, you can’t tell from the response to Lee Ann Womack’s first real shows since the release of her Grammy-nominated The Way I’m Livin’. After topping critics lists, including Esquire’s Top 10 Albums of 2014, the East Texan has wowed the British press as part of the CMA’s C2C Festival and watched her two snowed out Nashville City Winery shows turn into three on April 6, 7 and 8.

With her May 7 date at Dallas’ Kessler Theater also selling out upon the tickets being put on sale, Womack is making it a double! Working with the venue to add a show on May 6, the woman who begins an East Coast run April 18 at Ridgefield, CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse couldn’t be happier.

“I’ve been dying to take this new music out to the fans – and the people who love this music,” Womack says. “It’s been so long, and you want to do it right. Finding great listening rooms, finding places where it’s about the music just thrills me. That the response in Texas is so strong? That fires me up! I’m so glad that the Kessler folks were able to make the night before happen.”

Certainly the British press, notoriously opinionated about their kind of country, couldn’t have been more celebratory following the 6-time Country Music Association Award winner’s appearance at the C2C Festival’s O2 Arena show. The woman The Guardian called a “Nashville legend” was singled out as “a magnetic presence who has a pealing, sad voice and the fervor of a street preacher. She effortlessly switches from the quotidian to the mystic; indeed, real-life circumstances – ‘solitary thinkin’ and ‘lonesome drinkin’, as she puts it – seem to necessitate her encounters with the devil and God.”

The Guardian also notes. “Womack, with her bleak, beautiful songs that circle around themes of alcoholism, religion and self-loathing, has positioned herself firmly on the traditionalist side of the divide,” while The Times offered, “Lee Ann Womack spun a set of pure gold from a succession of songs that summed up the human condition in a way that only a good country music narrative can… With her tumbling blond hair and a strong, aching soprano, Womack had something of Dolly Parton’s mixture of humour, sincerity and guile as she reminisced with a wry smile about a time that was Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago.”
“The fans have been terrific over here,” Womack says. “In Dublin (also at the C2C Festival), they sang back to us. As someone who wants their music to hold people’s lives, that’s the greatest gift you can have. And I can’t wait to come back to the States and play all this music for the people back home. Knowing they’re responding to these shows in the listening rooms, which is different, tells me we’re going in the right direction.”

Having just announced the release of a vinyl-only 3 song EP Trouble In Mind – recorded with iconic guitarist Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle) – for Record Store Day April 18, the Grammy-winning vocalist is gearing up for a big spring. In addition to the triple play at Nashville’s City Winery, Womack has a string of spring dates to bring her to fans of roots music along the Eastern seaboard.

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Lee Ann Womack to Release Limited 3-Song Vinyl for Record Store Day

Trouble in Mind

Lee Ann Womack wanted to do something special for Record Store Day, something that would strip the music down to its essence. Talking with husband/producer Frank Liddell, they decided to use one voice/one instrument. They called on Mark Knopfler/Steve Earle vet Richard Bennett, who brought several of his vintage guitars. The pair recorded several songs in an afternoon – and picked the best three for Trouble In Mind, a limited edition 12” vinyl.

“I think independent record stores are so important,” Womack says. “It’s the last temple of music you can take home… A place where people come looking for the rare, for the special or even just the record they have to buy one more time. But I love the idea of people selling records, talking about what’s on them, getting turned on to cool music.”

“I wanted to be part of Record Store Day last year, but we couldn’t get it together in time. So this year, we started early. I got to have Richard Bennett, who is one of those musicians who can get so much heart and tone out of his guitars, come to the house. It was just the two of us, and it was awesome!”

The three songs are the blues classic “Trouble in Mind,” Roger Miller’s semi-obscure “Where Have All The Average People Gone?” and Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass gospel “I’ve Just Seen The Rock of Ages.” Engineered by Grammy-nominated Chuck Ainlay and mastered by Paul Hamann at Suma Recording Studio, Trouble In Mind is Lee Ann Womack unadorned.

“I love the idea of mixing things up, but stripping them back,” says the woman whose first album in seven years, The Way I’m Livin’, was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. “When you make things that basic, you can hear all the commonalities between, say, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Ralph Stanley… When you make those connections, I think that’s when it gets interesting.”

Womack has spent the last year exploring new territory. Co-hosting the International Bluegrass Music Awards with Jerry Douglas, taking part in PBS’ “Rock My Soul” fundraising special with the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters, Amos Lee, Buddy Miller and Lucinda Williams, taping a CMT “Crossroads” with John Legend, and recording with Ralph Stanley, the 6-time Country Music Association Award winner followed her heart and her muse.


Lee Ann Womack Performs Intimate Concert for Fans in LA

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Last Friday, Sonos and ASCAP welcomed Grammy award-winning country artist Lee Ann Womack to Sonos Studio, an acoustically designed space in the heart of Los Angeles, as a part of a week of events in celebration of the 2015 Grammys. Lee Ann, 2015 Grammy nominee for best country music album, gave an intimate performance for fans and held a unique discussion on the art of songwriting.

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Lee Ann performed tracks off her latest album, “The Way I’m Livin,’” sharing her writing process and the stories behind some of her award-winning songs. During the discussion, Lee Ann commented that many of her new songs are about the Devil, honky-tonk and the Church, stemming from her upbringing in Texas where you could… “feel the pull between Saturday night and Sunday morning.”

Sonos was honored to have Lee Ann Womack as the first country artist to perform at Sonos Studio.

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