Lee Ann Womack performs at FTC’s StageOne
Just a few days ago, Lee Ann Womack released her ninth album, “The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone.” She’s excited about its mix of country, soul, gospel and blues, and hopes fans enjoy her new songs.
But if you still want to think of her as the “I Hope You Dance” singer — because you’re one of the millions who fell for that tune and made it a No. 1 hit back in 2000 — that’s cool, too.
“I understand it’s an anthem and I feel very fortunate that I get to be a part of people’s lives through it,” she said, of the country/pop crossover written by Mark Sanders and Tia Sillers. “People associate it with birth, death, marriages, divorces, graduations — any monumental moment in their lives, so I’m fortunate to kind of be a part of that soundtrack.”
The singer-songwriter will perform at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne venue on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Womack, 51, spoke about her upcoming show and more in a recent phone interview.
“I’m known as a country music traditionalist and we will do traditional country music, which not many people do at all anymore, hardly at all. They can expect that, a lot of stuff from the new record, and the hits ... and, of course, ‘I Hope You Dance.’ We try to do it all in there.”
If you want to know what this Texas native is into these days, musically speaking, give a listen to “The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone.” She has more writing credits among its 14 tracks than on all her previous collections combined.
“I feel like it’s my most personal record, but probably because I went back to East Texas to record it,” said Womack, whose husband, Frank Liddell, produced it. “When I was growing up there I had a lot of dreams and hopes and a whole vision of my life ahead of me, so when I started thinking about making this record I wanted to experience that feeling again.”
Womack recently sang one of her powerful new tunes, “All That Trouble,” on NBC’s “Today” show. She said she still gets nervous at times, though it went smoothly. She loves to sing, so that helps. “I feel like I was born to sing and I am in my natural environment, so I am comfortable and I appreciate that I am able to do what I do — do what I love — for a living.”
Another of her new tunes is the ethereal ballad, “Hollywood,” about a wife whose husband won’t talk with her about the state of their crumbling marriage. “The style and melody take me back to the ’60s. I’m sort of infatuated with that time period, the architecture, clothing, music — everything,” she said.
“Hollywood” tells a vivid tale, but isn’t based on a past relationship. “You don’t have to have been through everything that a song is talking about,” Womack said. “It’s a song about being lonely and losing something. Who hasn’t felt those things?”
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