Country music siren and Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack, known for huge hits like “I Hope You Dance” and “Ashes By Now,” makes her Rockport debut armed with a brand new album, a throwback record called The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone, a record that hearkens back to the East Texas honky-tonks of her youth.
Most folks know Lee Ann Womack through her modern classic “I Hope You Dance,” an enormous crossover hit in 2000 whose inspiring themes and indelible melody saturated both country and mainstream radio (as well as becoming the standard father-daughter dance at weddings over the world). Yet Womack already had a burgeoning career before that single rocked the Billboard charts.
Born and raised in hills of East Texas, Womack pursued music in Nashville, writing songs for other artists like Ricky Skaggs before being signed by Decca in 1996. Her self-titled debut came out in 1997 and introduced the world to a throwback country traditionalist in the vein of Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. It was an immediate success, buoyed by the smash hits “Never Again, Again” and “The Fool.” The record was soon certified platinum. Her follow-up record continued in the same vein, scoring the radio hit “A Little Past Little Rock,” but it was her third record which turned Lee Ann into a household name. I Hope You Dance showcased a more mainstream pop sound, but it was the melody and poetic lyrics of the album’s title track that rocketed the album to #1 on the country charts and even cracked the top 20 of the pop charts. Womack’s fanbase swelled enormously as well as her television and award show appearances. Womack had become the new face of country music.
Not slowing down, Womack continued to remain on her perch at the top of Music Row, releasing 2002’s Something Worth Leaving Behind. The following year she won a Grammy for her collaboration with Willien Nelson on his “Mendocino County Line.”
After a brief performing and recording hiatus, Womack returned to her honky-tonk roots with the critically-acclaimed There’s More Where That Came From in 2005. It was a return to fiddles and pedal steel and time-honored songs about cheatin’ hearts and dusty old barrooms. The album won her the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year.
Womack continued making records on her own terms and with her own musical vision, moving over to the Americana label Sugar Hill Records to release the dark and raucous The Way I’m Livin, which was nominated for two Grammy’s including Country Album of the Year. Her most recent effort The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone comes out in late October and hearkens back to her East Texas roots.
VIP MEET & GREET
Enjoy a VIP Meet and Greet (post-show) with Lee Ann Womack and receive a signed copy of The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone. VIP Meet & Greet Tickets: $50 (does not include concert ticket)
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