After working with commercial country music for 15 years, Lee Ann Womack is taking on something new, in a direction she says she’s always wanted to take.
Womack is trading in the chase for hits and embracing her own happiness with her new country covers record, The Way I’m Livin’. Her aim for the album is something very different from what’s usually played on country music, exploring the works of various artists who are not part of the typical country music songwriting machine.
With the help of her husband, producer Frank Liddell, Womack chose and recorded 13 songs for the album. The tracklist features the work of singer-songwriters like Buddy Miller, Hayes Carll, Chris Knight, Bruce Robison, Mindy Smith and Neil Young, making for a mix that’s far from mainstream country. The album is a huge change since Womack’s last release, “Call Me Crazy,” in 2008.
Womack parted her ways with MCA Nashville in 2012, giving her more freedom to produce the music she wanted to. In April 2014, she signed with Sugar Hill Records with “The Way I’m Livin,'” being her first album with the new label.
Country radio airplay is unlikely for the new album, but Womack says she is happy with ending the hunt for hit songs and instead searching for songs of authenticity like those she loved so much growing up.
“I don’t think country music has changed,” Womack said. “I think what’s called country music, what’s marketed as country music, has definitely changed. Nothing wrong with that. There’s a lot of people that want to hear that. I am a lover of real country music, what I think is hardcore country music. And I miss that. And I see people all the time that also miss it. So I put a lot of that on this record.”
“The Way I’m Livin'” is now available for purchase on iTunes. Check out the video for the first single, “The Way I’m Livin'” below.