Friday, April 8, 2016
Where: The Paramount
Cost: $74.50 Gold Circle / $49.50 / $34.50 / $29.50
Kathryn Caine – singer, songwriter, and performer – will open this event at The Paramount!
In a world of faster, harder, louder, Lee Ann Womack wants something far more radical: to be real. Strip it all away, get to the core of life, love and raw emotion – and you find songs that distill it all to the stopping power of a hollow point bullet.
“It just seems like music when it is most powerful hits you right between the eyes,” says the Grammy-winning vocalist. Lee Ann has been singled out for “the clarity of a soul that realizes loss is a form of purification, a scraping away of false ideals and excess emotional baggage” by Time Magazine. “Some of these songs are hard truths, tough moments, places you’d rather not be, but you know, life takes you to those places sometimes.”
Certainly The Way I’m Livin’, produced by Frank Liddell, is an unvarnished collection of songs by some of America’s most progressive songwriter/artists. Whether the vintage country of Hayes Carll’s “Chances Are,” the scalding gospel of Mindy Smith’s “All the Saints” or the tortured linger of love in Buddy Miller’s “Don’t Listen To The Wind,” the emotions are unbridled, the performances wide open and the recordings intimate.
Recorded almost completely live, with Womack on the floor with drummer Matt Chamberlin, guitarist Duke Levine, bass player Glenn Whorf and acoustic guitarist/occasional pianist Mac McAnally, the musicians leaned to her luminous, honey’n’sunshine voice.
“I’ve never made a record like this,” says Womack. Lee Ann’s Call Me Crazy, I Hope You Dance and the 2005 Country Music Association Album of the Year There’s More Where That Came From are among modern country’s most acclaimed albums.
For Womack, who’s sung at the Concert for the Nobel Peace Prize, performed for multiple Presidents, done award-wining duets with Willie Nelson and George Strait as well as tastemaker projects for Buddy Miller, Oscar-winner Randall Poster and Rodney Crowell, music is the ultimate form of connection and communication. Raised on classic country records by Ray Price, Nelson and George Jones, she recognizes the power of visceral truth in a song.