"I miss country music,” Lee Ann Womack says over the phone from her home in Nashville. “For the better part of my career, I was on a label that was trying to get airplay on country radio, and radio wasn’t playing country music. I’m not sure why that happened, but it was a frustrating, painful time for me. So I’ve had to create my own space where I can just make the music I want to make and let the chips fall where they may.”
In that self-made creative space, Womack recorded The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone, voted the third-best album of 2017 in the Scene’s Country Music Critics’ Poll. She’s also been voted the year’s Best Female Vocalist. She cut her album at Houston’s fabled SugarHill Recording Studios, where everyone from George Jones and Willie Nelson to Lightnin’ Hopkins and Beyoncé have made milestone recordings. In doing so, Womack has recaptured a time when country music contained distinctive regional sounds — and was richer for it.
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