Lee Ann Womack is heading into the studio to begin work on a new album and will kick off the process by honoring George Jones at the Grand Ole Opry tonight as the Opry celebrates George’s 80th birthday. Then on September 19, she will participate in the Academy of Country Music’s ACM Honors event at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville where she will honor Tom T. Hall.
“What a great way to start work on a new record,” Lee Ann said. “When you want to get your horizon line, any time you can start with someone as great as George Jones – or be part of this year’s ACM Honors, singing for Tom T. Hall, it reminds you what it takes to make music that lasts.
“There are so few true country singers out there like Jones… not that anyone will ever sing like George Jones. But when you’re listening to Alan [Jackson], like when you’re listening to George Strait, that’s pure country. No matter what kind of song they’re singing. And the same thing goes when you’re singing a Tom T. Hall song: that’s country!”
Lee Ann will literally begin work on the follow up to her Call Me Crazy album with producer Frank Liddell on the same day as George’s birthday celebration at the Opry. But when the Opry or the Academy of Country Music asks for a favor, Lee Ann says you find the time.
“When they ask you to honor George Jones, you… just… do… it!” she said. “It’s the same way with the Academy of Country Music. When they ask for something as special having you come sing for Tom T Hall, you just ask what time. The people they single out represent the best of so many aspects of this business – and it makes me proud that they want me to be a part of this event again this year.”
As for how her new album will sound, Lee Ann has a lot of options to explore. “I have so many ideas and so many things that I want to try on our way to creating this music,” she said. “You realize after a few albums, every record matters, and I want to make sure each one really says something special and represents what this music can be in a way that stands out.”