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article imageLee Ann Womack talks new single, album, fans and future plans Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 22, 2014 in Music
Grammy-winning songstress Lee Ann Womack chatted about her new single "The Way I'm Livin'" and her newest album on Sugar Hill Records.
Womack is extremely grateful to be a part of the Sugar Hill Records family, especially since she grew up listening to a lot of artists on that label. "That feels great. I had listened to a lot of records from that catalog over the years," she said.
Her new single "The Way I'm Livin'" is country to the core. "I don't remember who gave me the song first, but it was written by Adam Wright, who is a good friend of ours. He has been around for a long time and I am a huge fan of his work. His music has elements of traditional country, but it is also very modern. That's my favorite thing about his writing," she said.
The music video for her latest single is a slight departure from her previous music videos, yet Womack proves that she is able to keep things fresh. "My husband called Roger Pistole and asked him to direct it. I am not a fan of videos anyway, so we told him that we did not want a literal interpretation of these lyrics," she said.
Womack noted that she does not have a favorite track on the new CD. "It is just too hard to pick a favorite. There are different things about different songs. Some stand out for their energy, their angst and the drive that they have," she said.
Regarding her plans for the future, Womack is rehearsing to bring the music out on the road, and share it with the fans. "I am always writing and always making new music. I have two daughters and they both write, play and sing. My husband is also in the business. There is just a lot of music in our household all the time," she said.
Womack will also be doing a CMT Crossroads episode with multi-Grammy winner John Legend. In addition, she will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a few weeks to co-host the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, along with Jerry Douglas (from Alison Krauss and Union Station). "I am really looking forward to that," she said. "There is a lot going on in the next couple of weeks."
Looking back at her respected career in the genre, Womack is proud of the collaborations that she had done with such esteemed artists as Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson and Vince Gill. "I love collaborations with certain people. Those were fantastic, and on the top of my list, I loved riding horses with Willie Nelson in Austin, Texas, when we were filming our music video," she said.
A Texas native, Womack revealed that she is anxious to get back out on the road to play shows for her fans. "I want to connect with the fans on a one-on-one basis at the shows. They all mean so much to me, and I have gotten really close to some fans over the years," she said.
On the key to longevity in the music industry, Womack said with a sweet laugh, "Just keep on doing it. The business changes so much over the years, and I have watched it change so much over the years. The artists that have gotten past those changes are the ones that have their eyes on their own goals, and they marched to the beat of their own drums. They don't change and they let it come back to them."
Womack shared that a difference exists when she performs live and when she records music in the studio. "When you are performing live, you are re-doing something that you have already done. When you are in the studio, you are creating something new. Those are just two different animals. I am very comfortable in the studio and I really love to create new things. I am not the type of performer that jumps around too much," she said.
For her fans, Womack concluded, "I hope they like the new album. It has a little different kind of energy than the records I have made in the past, the approach in making it was different, but I know what they like, and I know that they will like this record. I think we are going to have fun out on the road playing it over the next year."
To learn more about country songstress Lee Ann Womack and her new music, check out her official website.
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