Lee Ann Womack to Release New Album “The Lonely, The Lonesome, & The Gone”
Lee Ann Womack is readying the release of her 9th studio album The Lonely, The Lonesome, and The Gone via ATO records on October 27th. It will be Womack’s first on the ATO label, and feature her husband Frank Liddell once again in the producer seat. The 14 tracks were mostly co-written by Womack, and are said to feature a mix of country, soul, gospel and blues influences. Womack says she was looking for a specific country blues vibe on this record, and so she couldn’t find the songs she wanted to use just laying around.
The Lonely, The Lonesome, and The Gone was mostly recorded at the SugarHill Studios in Houston, TX, with a studio band that included guitarists Adam Wright and Waylon Payne who regularly tour with Womack, as well as Glenn Worf on bass, Jerry Roe on drums, with additional guitar work by Ethan Ballinger. Adam Wright and Waylon Payne also helped co-write the debut single from the album, “All The Trouble” (listen below).
“I wanted to get out of Nashville, and tap the deep music and vibe of East Texas,” says Womack about the new album to NPR. “I wanted to make sure this record had a lot of soul in it, because real country music has soul. I wanted to remind people of that.”
Womack also says she wanted to keep the vibe on the record loose and live.
“These guys are reckless players. That’s what Frank wanted, and what I wanted: ‘Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, and we might leave it on there, because that’s what happened in the moment.’ That’s when you’re making music, not when you’re isolating everything, so that you can go back and fix things, go back and perfect and perfect. That’s obviously not what we were after here on this record. It was more about capturing a group of musicians who are standing right next to each other, looking in each other’s eyes, going, ‘What are you about to do? Should I lay back here? Should I step up?’ All of that energy and angst is on there, and you can hear that. At least I thought so.”
The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone Track List:
1. All The Trouble
2. The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
3. He Called Me Baby
5. End of the End of the World
6. Bottom of the Barrel
7. Shine On Rainy Day
8. Mama Lost Her Smile
10. Long Black Veil
11. Someone Else’s Heartache
13. Talking Behind Your Back
14. Take The Devil Out Of Me
August 15, 2017 @ 9:39 am
Doesn’t sound like a bad thing at all. Potential here is very good for Womack. Shes finally at a point to where she can do what she wants musicaly and artistically speaking. Also it’s good to see SCM acknowledge new work from past artists. There’s a whole group of country legend artists who radio put to pasture in favor of the infernal Bro era, who are still young enough to make great music and enjoy a next page with their careers. As real country fans we should support it if it’s good. I’m wondering about Patty Loveless as well, she is laying low these days. Not everything from the 90s was bad, there are quite a few folks from that era worth listening to.
September 8, 2017 @ 2:26 pm
I love Lee Ann Womack and I am happy to read your mention about Patty Loveless. These two ladies have stepped out of the comfort zone of what is the norm. I am excited about this new release by Lee Ann and hope too that Patty has something in the works.
August 15, 2017 @ 9:54 am
Great. Lee Ann has always been one of my faves.
August 15, 2017 @ 10:07 am
It’s most certainly not traditionell country but. I’m looking forward to this.
Loved this: “I wanted to make sure this record had a lot of soul in it, because real country music has soul. I wanted to remind people of that.”
August 15, 2017 @ 10:26 am
Cool, cool, cool. 🙂
You said it’s going to be mostly LAW co-writes, but I wonder if that “Shine On Rainy Day” will be a cover of the Brent Cobb tune…
August 15, 2017 @ 10:44 am
Very well could be as he is a good friend of Adam Hood and she has done a song or two written by Adam previously. Of course she may be friends with Brent too.
August 15, 2017 @ 10:32 am
And in other good news, Miranda Lambert’s “Vice” has gone platinum.
August 15, 2017 @ 10:37 am
Seen her opening for Alan Jackson Sunday at Wisconsin state fair, her and the band sounded great. She sang one of my favorites leftys long black veil, and unfortunately it looked like no one had ever heard it before.
August 15, 2017 @ 2:33 pm
what a shame…
So many better Lefty songs than “Long Black Veil.”
August 15, 2017 @ 2:57 pm
With the way that dude sings the only guys who can tackle his songs are jones and Merle, So I’m glad she choice a solid story song. Also its a common song people should know, if you got the money, always late, and I love you a thousand ways probably aren’t her style.
What are a list of other lefty songs you’d recommend incase I missed any gems
August 15, 2017 @ 4:26 pm
Gone Gone Gone is kinda overdone, but Glen Campbell does a great job with it.
Lefty songs that (in my opinion) don’t get a good enough shake include “Don’t let her see me cry”
“life’s like poetry”
“I was coming home to you”
“my baby’s just like money”
“Yesterday just passed my way again”
“Ballad of the blue and grey”
“So what! let it rain!”
“A forest fire is in your heart”
“we crucified our Jesus”
“Sing Jimmy Rodgers” is a great album (and also his debut album)
and the three “Country in the West” albums are really nice too.
I mean, it’s Lefty. all the albums are great… but those four I say are the best ones if you’re on a budget.
August 15, 2017 @ 7:53 pm
Thanks a lot I’ve heard a few of those, and will definitely check the rest out. I love run em off and his and Merle’s cover of rough and rowdy ways by Jimmie is classic.
August 15, 2017 @ 7:14 pm
track down the Georgia Satellites doing Long Black Veil at the Ritz from 87.. a whole new appreciation
August 15, 2017 @ 10:51 am
Missing steel guitar and fiddle… probably another Americana album… so sad to watch her falling out!
August 15, 2017 @ 11:04 am
She had steel an fiddle in her road band i don’t think she’d leave them completely off the album, but I guess I’m not sure. In any case I hope your wrong.
August 16, 2017 @ 8:13 am
I don’t get it. “Falling out?”
August 15, 2017 @ 11:07 am
I mean… she’s not an artist I ever cared for… before when she was doing her stupid pop Country.
But this looks really interesting!
I’d like to hear a couple more off this album! because the one linked here sure is a dandy!
August 15, 2017 @ 1:51 pm
Have you ever listened to Lee Ann Womack?? Her first single was “Never Again, Again” one of the countriest songs ever written with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White singing background vocals. She had maybe one song in her entire career that could be considered “pop country” educate yourself.
August 15, 2017 @ 2:32 pm
Sure… if you consider Reba McEntire and Martina McBride Country Music,than LAW is Country Music.
But I don’t.
because it’s just trashy pop music that sounds kinda Country sometimes.
Go listen to Don Walser, Lefty Frizzell, Little Joe Carson, Vernon Oxford, Dan Tyminski, or basically anyone who’s ever made real Country Music. then listen to all those “soccer mom” singers that came out in the nineties.
then remind me how those soccer mom singers made Country Music.
I hated that era of Country Music. I hated “feel like a woman” and “I wanna talk about me” and Phil Vassar’s “Hey this is God.” and Reba McEntire’s ridiculous reality show personality.
August 15, 2017 @ 3:44 pm
Listen to LAW’s 2005 album There’s more where that came from. Certainly you can’t consider that pop-country
August 15, 2017 @ 3:55 pm
Never heard of it! But I’ll look it up! thanks!
August 15, 2017 @ 4:02 pm
One of my all time favorite country albums. Like top 25.
August 15, 2017 @ 4:05 pm
Fuzzy – listen to the title track of There’s More Where That Came From. The fiddle at the beginning will sell you. It’s a cheatin song without apology. In a perfect world that song would have been as big as He Stopped Loving Her Today.
August 15, 2017 @ 4:27 pm
I’ve been told about that one! gotta look it up!
August 15, 2017 @ 4:19 pm
fuzz I feel ya but lee ann comes out of patsy, which is stone cold country – if you include the ‘burbs, which I do
for argument sake, what is western country about lefty? read his lyrics. he could be a suburban kid just as likely
lee ann is in the circle
August 15, 2017 @ 4:31 pm
Patsy is “then” “pop country.”
by even a lot of contemporary traditional standards she’s retro pop country.
she’s amazing but the idea that she’s as honest an authentically “Country” as my old favorite Don Walser is a bit of a stretch.
Don’t recall saying Lefty was “Western” Country but his first album was a bunch of Jimmie Rodgers tunes. Rodgers was farther west than Hank Williams was, Lefty styling himself after Rodgers puts him more in the western yodeling Country category than in the eastern twangy Hank Williams style of Country, but less western than were the sons of the pioneers. if that makes sense. In fact he released three “Country in the West” albums that make it less likely that he was a suburban kid.
August 15, 2017 @ 8:23 pm
What do you mean you include the burbs? I don’t understand your point.
And how did this turn into east vs west?
August 16, 2017 @ 9:58 am
Reba’s ’80s stuff was pretty solid.
But regardless, LAW could never have been classified as “soccer mom” country.
August 15, 2017 @ 12:10 pm
I’m excited about this album. Have always liked her.
Never thought of her as a smoker for some reason. But I’m sure there are lots of artist who smoke that you would not think about, As I always say to each their own.
August 15, 2017 @ 2:39 pm
I never thought I’d see Reba dismissed as anything other than Country. Wow.
August 16, 2017 @ 7:09 am
She certainly has the roots as a rodeo girl from Oklahoma, But, she and her music became caricatures as she became more popular. She pulled a Garth.
August 15, 2017 @ 4:03 pm
This woman can fart on album and I’m all in. She’s the closest thing to Jones we have.
August 15, 2017 @ 5:20 pm
the closest thing to Jones we “had” was Daniel Romano. but he seems to not be trying very hard to give us Country Music.
LAW is closer to Taylor Swift and Jo Dee Messina
The only true Country singer left making waves is Marty Stuart. by proxy he’s the closest to Jones but he is technically, and from a stylistic standpoint closer in singing style to Charley Pride.
August 15, 2017 @ 5:36 pm
Yikes. Well, there’s old school and then there’s Old School. I’m gonna give you the capitals, Fuzz. I’m gonna go ahead and disagree with you formally there, but I’m thinking you don’t give a flying rat’s ass, so we’ll just agree to disagree.
August 15, 2017 @ 8:25 pm
How is that little yankee hipster Romano close to Jones?
You’re throwing me for a loop here Fuzz.
August 16, 2017 @ 3:48 am
listen to “If I’ve Only One Time Asking” and get back to me.
Sure, a lot of his stuff isn’t Country.
yeah he kinda got away from the genre.
but technically speaking, stylistically speaking, he bears more similarities to Jones than does LAW.
August 16, 2017 @ 9:15 am
But he’s a fake, Fuzz.
August 16, 2017 @ 6:33 am
August 16, 2017 @ 11:22 am
Honky: I prefer to think that Daniel Romano is honest, even by not calling himself Country.
his music’s real, his expressions are real.
I understand why a lot of people are put out since he’s “not Country anymore” but I really enjoy a lot of his work.
Jack Williams: so are Hank Snow and April Verch. feels like a moot point.
August 16, 2017 @ 7:10 am
I forgot all about Jo Dee. I couldn’t change the dial quick enough when she came on.
August 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Hahaha! I agree, sort of….. She really is the real deal. Glad shes doin pretty much whatever she wants! Country music is more the better because of it.
August 15, 2017 @ 4:15 pm
Lee Ann is a total babe.
If you bristle at that or don’t get it, you could just ask for further dilation. It includes a just appreciation of her subjective agency, etc. It also includes appreciation of her hotness.
Will listen more, but this is on the get pile with Tyler Childers.
August 15, 2017 @ 4:34 pm
no doubt. I’m a little embarrassed for anyone that says they aren’t a fan of this one.
August 16, 2017 @ 7:09 am
I’m a left of center heterosexual with probably a few to several years on Miss Lee Ann and I agree. I also appreciated the physical hotness of Shania Twain, although her music didn’t do much of anything for me. Not awful for pop music (especially compared to the “country” bros and metro-bros), but not anything I’d choose to listen to for pleasure. There are some women artists that I’m into that I happen to find very attractive (e.g., Elizabeth Cook, Lindi Ortega, Kathleen Edwards), but their physical beauty is just the icing on the cake. Mainly, it adds a little something for me to their live shows, but if they weren’t great live music performers to start with, I wouldn’t keep going back to see them.
August 16, 2017 @ 7:26 am
I saw Leann Ann Womack for the first time in 2015. The show was so good and I felt like it was a privilege to be in the same room with her that (I had a similar feeling the two times I’ve seen Billie Joe Shaver). I saw that she recently did a short tour with Patty Griffin and I wish that tour had visited my area. Patty is one of my favorite songwriters and also a great live performer, and for combination singer and songwriter, she’s hard to beat. Among the living, anyway.
August 15, 2017 @ 4:15 pm
This is fantastic news! Lee Ann is one of my favorites. 🙂
August 15, 2017 @ 6:50 pm
This song doesn’t really make me excited. I feel like she’s sung this song before. But, I’m still excited for the album.
She’s definitely Gone Americana, look at them hipsters
She’s Gone Americana, back Muscle Shoals
She’s Gone Americana, a new kind of label
She’s Gone Americana, here she’s comes
August 16, 2017 @ 4:26 am
That’s even funnier after seein her open for aj last Sunday.
August 16, 2017 @ 4:59 am
That tour is rolling through here in September. Should I go?
It’s been 14 years since I last saw Alan Jackson in concert (with Martina McBride in 03).
August 16, 2017 @ 5:07 am
I guess it depends how big of fan of Jackson you are since he probably doesn’t change the show a whole lot. I hadn’t seen him before so it was a no brainer for me. He plays all the hits though some are shortened by a verse, and I thought The band was red hot. So I’d say yeah if the tickets are reasonable and you like Jackson I think it’d be a good time.
August 16, 2017 @ 8:30 am
‘Hate Myself In The Morning’ has enough pull with me to give anything she is a part of a chance… but this is not what I was hoping for when I saw the headline of new Lee Ann Womack music. She most definitely has as you say ‘Gone Americana’
August 16, 2017 @ 9:31 am
If I get two or three songs I love the new album, I’ll be happy. Her last album I didn’t care for the lead single – something about the devil, similar to this new song – but loved the Chris Kinght song.
There’s only a few songs I can remember where I was when I first heard it – I May Hate Myself in the Morning is one of them.
August 16, 2017 @ 7:27 am
“the way that i’m living” was a solid album…..gotta check this new one out.
August 16, 2017 @ 9:02 am
LAW is in a class by herself when it comes to using the gift of her voice to evoke emotions in listeners and deliver a songwriter’s message ..But is seems , as it does for so many REAL talents , that she doesn’t ‘ fit’ anywhere and doesn’t have a solid handle on where she wants to . Certainly that has to matter to an artist in terms of giving meaning to what they do , if not to pay the bills . I’m happy that she goes her own way and isn’t a slave to the system commercially , as it were . But I can’t help feeling that there has to be SOMEONE in the biz ( label ,management , ..) who could objectively be of some benefit to her when it comes to focusing her efforts an making her the household name across the genre spectrums that she deserves to be .
August 16, 2017 @ 9:49 am
She’s a traditional country talent that had a massive pop country hit (“I Hope You Dance”) that was still at its core a really great song, and I think that is the reason some folks (Fuzzy included) have been thrown off her scent. When regarding her entire body of work, it’s hard to deny her contributions.
August 17, 2017 @ 9:50 am
She was great at Braun Brothers Reunion. First time I’ve seen her. Her and a couple of acoustic guitars. And I normally don’t like “listening room” music without the full screaming band!