Lee Ann Womack Wraps Week Of Exclusive Performances With Album Release

Lee Ann Womack. Photo: Instagram

Lee Ann Womack wrapped a series of five appearances this week with a show on Thursday, Oct. 26 at Nashville’s Lower Broadway bar Layla’s.

For the past two days, the singer has been on a promotion spree for her latest project, which hit shelves today (Oct. 27). The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone is her first on ATO Records.

Beginning on Sunday, Womack was at the Country Music Hall of Fame, helping induct her friend Alan Jackson by singing his career-launching 1990 chart topper “Here in the Real World.” Monday she made her way to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame event to honor inductee Tim Nichols with the 1990 Keith Whitley-popularized “I’m Over You.” Tuesday the vocalist treated the Inspire Nashville honors, which centered around Sony/ATV’s Troy Tomlinson, with a rendition of her “Stubborn (Psalm 151).”

Album promotion began Wednesday with a surprise, pop-up show at Nashville record store Grimey’s. Afterwards she announced her second pop-up album launch show on social media, “Nashville, hate that y’all couldn’t get in at Grimey’s last night so let’s do it again tonight!”

Layla’s was jam-packed by 7 p.m. with fans trying to catch a glimpse of the star through the windows of the bluegrass club. Without much ado, Womack began with her 20 year old “Little Past Little Rock,” one of two throwback titles she offered from her discography. Then, intermixed with Texas swing and country gold, Womack began previewing new music.

Highlights on the record include the heartbreaking ballad “Mama Lost Her Smile,” album title track “The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone” and album standout single “All The Trouble.” Womack also treated the crowd to another memorable title previewed from the album, “Hollywood.”

True to her nature, Womack also toured through country standards including Ray Price’s “My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You,” George Jones’ “When the Grass Grows Over Me,” Bob Wills’ “San Antonio Rose” and Asleep At The Wheel’s “Miles And Miles of Texas.”

Lasting only an hour, Womack let the music do the talking and made a rare introduction to the audience between songs. She did note that another album track, “Talking Behind Your Back,” is a title she has had in her back pocket since her UMG days.

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