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Meet Me In Biloxi --Lee Ann Womack Country Music Appreciation Society & Social Club Gets
Live Sneak of Songs from The Way I’m Living May 26 @ Special SoundcheckBiloxi, MS: As everyone seems to know, Lee Ann Womack has been in the studio with her husband/Academy of Country Music Producer of the Year Frank Liddell working on a collection of new music – but so far, people know very little about the music the pair have been creating since the start of the new year. Though the record is still “in process,” the woman who’s won 7 Country Music Association Awards is all about sharing the new music with the folks who’re as passionate about her music as she is: the Lee Ann Womack Social Club & Country Music Appreciation Society!
Since the show at Biloxi’s IP Resort & Casino has turned into a “gathering” of the Social Clubbers, it seemed the perfect time for Womack to give her fans a “taste” of the music she’s been working on. In true “music before all fashion,” the woman who’s given the world “I May Hate Myself In The Morning,” “A Little Past Little Rock,” “Last Call,” “The Fool” and “I Hope You Dance” will treat the fan club members to some of the songs from the project tentatively titled The Way I’m Living during a very special soundcheck.“I’ve been living with this music now for months, and I’m dying to let the fans hear some,” confesses the woman who’s recorded with George Strait, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller. “It’s funny. Frank and I just never seemed to really get around to working together, beyond those few tracks on I Hope You Dance… and we both love music so much in so many ways, we really challenged each other in the best way!“He knows my voice. He understands the things I love. He knows where I want to go in ways I can’t even say. And when we got started – from having Randy Scruggs help me work up the songs on acoustic guitar – it was just a whole different process, that just kept building. We’ve got real country songs; we’ve got some Texas songs, a bit of gospel, some surprises. I’m fired up – and I think the fans will be, too.”Beyond the new music, Womack will play a few of the songs people love by heart at soundcheck, visit a little bit and hear what people think. The Social Club is free – and available to anyone who loves country music, songs with the heart out front or Lee Ann Womack in particular. All you have to do is go to www.lawsocialclub.com for more details and to become a card-carrying member of the L.A.W.“It’s hard when you wanna get it right,” she muses. “Because there are so many choices you can make… and there are a lot of good ones you make. But the right ones? Well, that’s tricky. I think we’ve got it! I am so excited about the music… It’s hard not playing it out, but I also want people to have a chance to experience all these songs as a whole
Lee Ann Womack, Bruce Cockburn, Ollabelle, Teddy Thompson, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Buddy Miller andJim Lauderdale will be featured on a roots compilation project called Let ’Em In to benefit the Women and Cancer Fund, which was founded in memory of Linda McCartney.
Womack will cover the title track, which was originally recorded byPaul McCartney’s group Wings.
“It’s funny,” says Womack in a press release. “Anybody who knows me knows I know almost nothing about pop music … but I’ve gone through long periods of time when I’ve sung ‘Let ’Em In’ in my live shows, because I just think the song is so good.”
And that’s not all Womack has in the works. She’s also in the process of completing her own album and recently participated inRodney Crowell and author Mary Karr’s project called Kin, singing “Mama’s on a Roll.”
“When Rodney called I was intrigued because the idea of these songs he’d written with an author of Mary Karr’s reputation seemed like a whole lot of firepower,” Womack says. “But what was most amazing was how down-home and real all the songs were … It felt like the way real people feel in their lives, raw in places and philosophical in others.”
— CINDY WATTS