In conversation with the Museum’s Peter Cooper, Lee Ann Womack talks about her album “The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone” (recorded at Houston’s legendary SugarHill studios, where Lightnin’ Hopkins, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and many others recorded), and about songwriting, her East Texas roots, and her journey as a recording artist. She also reveals a sharp wit in front of an audience filled with attendees of the Americana Music Association’s 2017 conference.
The Grammy winner and former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year speaks glowingly of the husband-wife duos of Buddy and Julie Miller and Adam and Shannon Wright, and offers candid commentary about the differences between her former life as a major label country star and her current life as an Americana artist. She looks back with humor at the time major label brass wanted her to perform as “Tyler Rose Lee” instead of using her real name (manager Erv Woolsey put a stop to that idea).
“Tyler Rose Lee . . . that sounds like a stripper,” Womack says.
Womack, whose discography includes a formidable solo catalog and combined efforts with greats including Dr. John, Ralph Stanley, and Buddy Miller, opens the show with “The End of the End of the End,” accompanied by instrumentalist Lex Price. The program also includes recorded versions of “Take the Devil Out of Me” and “Trouble” (written with Waylon Payne and Adam Wright) from “The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone.” She and Price close with the wistful “Mama Lost Her Smile.”
Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association.
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