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Lee Ann Womack to Tour in London and Dublin

Lee Ann Womack

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.

Carrie Underwood Sheds Tears, Rascal Flatts “Tebows” at ACM Honors Ceremony

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The 8th Annual ACM Honors were held on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Ryman Auditorium, which is often referred to as the “mother church of country music.” The evening was a celebration of special award recipients from the Academy of Country Music, honoring musicians, industry professionals, and artists. Emotions ran high throughout the night, as both presenters and performers recalled memories of the honorees.

Jake Owen hosted the ceremony, and kicked off the night with a performance of Ronnie Milsap’s “Back on My Mind Again.” Milsap was later presented with the Career Achievement Award, and Hunter Hayes performed a medley of Milsap’s hits “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World” and “Smoky Mountain Rain” in his honor.

The Special Awards segment of the ceremony was full of memorable performances, including the Oak Ridge Boys, who received a standing ovation for their performance of “Elvira” in honor of veteran booking agent Paul Moore, recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award.

“How cool is it to see Carrie Underwood singing ‘oom papa oom papa mow mow’??” said Joe Bonsall.

 Carrie Underwood was visibly emotional during her acceptance of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, thanking her husband and her team for their efforts. Jake Owen quipped afterwards that this was just the beginning of her emotional rollercoaster, referring to her recently announced pregnancy. The video highlights showcased her achievements from the live Sound of Music television production to her recorded music and touring. The Swon Brothers performed a medley of her hits “See You Again” and “Wasted” in her honor.

A dynamic trio of powerhouse vocals, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Kacey Musgraves, honored Songwriter of the Year Shane McAnally by performing some of his hits that they’ve recorded, including “Tie It Up,” “Downtown,” and “Merry Go Round.”

“These songs are who we are,” said Shane McAnally. He recalled the early days of his career and how he thought that if Kenny Chesney could just hear his songs, he would make it. Sure enough, Chesney ended up hearing and recording “Somewhere With You,” which was McAnally’s first number one hit. Chesney also presented the award to McAnally.

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Rascal Flatts was honored with the Jim Reeves Internal Award, recognizing their contributions to the expansion of country music around the world with their recent European tour stops. Tim Tebow was a surprise guest, and presented the award to the trio. Joe Don Rooney took the opportunity for a photo-op, and all four of them “Tebowed” after receiving the award, which may be a first for the historic Ryman stage.

An additional recipient of the Jim Reeves International Award was industry veteran Steve Buchanan, for his contributions to the global exposure of the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville television show. Buchanan mentioned during his acceptance speech that he is currently working a musical production of the iconic television show Hee-Haw with hit songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. Nashville stars Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Clare Bowen (Scarlett) performed to honor both Buchanan and Rascal Flatts.

The star-studded evening also included legendary Brenda Lee, who presented the Pioneer Award to Bob Beckham’s family and Tony Joe White performed “Polk Salad Annie” in his honor.

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The Poet’s Award went to Cowboy Jack Clement, Buck Owens, Dean Dillon, and Kris Kristofferson for their iconic songwriting contributions to country music. Performers honoring the recipients included Shawn Camp, Billy Burnette, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Clawson, Lee Ann Womack, Jack Ingram, and Will Hoge.

Other awards presented included:

  • Industry Awards: Venues of the year (Billy Bob’s Texas, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Grand Ole Opry House, Bridgestone Arena), talent buyer of the year (Nicole More), casinos of the year (Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Wolf Arena), and promoter of the year (Brian O’Connell).
  • Studio Recording Awards: bass player of the year (Michael Rhodes), guitar player of the year (Rob McNelley), piano/keyboards player of the year (Charlie Judge), steel guitar player of the year (Paul Franklin), audio engineer of the year (Justin Niebank), specialty instrument player of the year (Bryan Sutton), drummer of the year (Shannon Forrest), and producer of the year (Dan Huff).

Kris Kristofferson closed out the evening by summing it up perfectly:

I feel like I’m in church and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Nicole Palsa
@nicolepalsa

Lee Ann Womack Debuts New Music Video for “The Way I’m Livin'”

Lee Ann Womack’s music video for her brand new single, “The Way I’m Livin’,” is now available exclusively on CMT, CMT Pure, CMT.com and CMT Artists App. “The Way I’m Livin’” is the lead single and title track from her forthcoming album due out Sept. 23rd. Directed by Roger Pistole, the video was shot in an abandoned house on a working cattle farm outside Nashville. A departure from a typical Womack video, “The Way I’m Livin’” includes themes open for interpretation from fans, featuring live snakes, the notions of temptation and salvation and even the Devil him or herself.

Next week, Lee Ann will tape a CMT Crossroads with John Legend.

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