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April 14, 2014

Lee Ann Womack

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Lee Ann Womack’s Trouble In Mind
Limited 3-Song Vinyl w Richard Bennett for Record Store Day April 18


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(Nashville, TN) — March 6, 2015 — Lee Ann Womack wanted to do something special for Record Store Day, something that would strip the music down to its essence. Talking with husband/producer Frank Liddell, they decided to use one voice/one instrument. They called on Mark Knopfler/Steve Earle vet Richard Bennett, who brought several of his vintage guitars. The pair recorded several songs in an afternoon – and picked the best three for Trouble In Mind, a limited edition 12” vinyl.

“I think independent record stores are so important,” Womack says. “It’s the last temple of music you can take home… A place where people come looking for the rare, for the special or even just the record they have to buy one more time. But I love the idea of people selling records, talking about what’s on them, getting turned on to cool music.”

“I wanted to be part of Record Store Day last year, but we couldn’t get it together in time. So this year, we started early. I got to have Richard Bennett, who is one of those musicians who can get so much heart and tone out of his guitars, come to the house. It was just the two of us, and it was awesome!”

The three songs are the blues classic “Trouble in Mind,” Roger Miller’s semi-obscure “Where Have All The Average People Gone?” and Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass gospel “I’ve Just Seen The Rock of Ages.” Engineered by Grammy-nominated Chuck Ainlay and mastered by Paul Hamann at Suma Recording Studio, Trouble In Mind is Lee Ann Womack unadorned.

“I love the idea of mixing things up, but stripping them back,” says the woman whose first album in seven years, The Way I’m Livin’, was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. “When you make things that basic, you can hear all the commonalities between, say, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Ralph Stanley… When you make those connections, I think that’s when it gets interesting.”

Womack has spent the last year exploring new territory. Co-hosting the International Bluegrass Music Awards with Jerry Douglas, taking part in PBS’ “Rock My Soul” fundraising special with the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters, Amos Lee, Buddy Miller and Lucinda Williams, taping a CMT “Crossroads” with John Legend, and recording with Ralph Stanley, the 6-time Country Music Association Award winner followed her heart and her muse.

Writing in the essay for the Nashville Scene’s Country Critics Poll, Geoff Himes said Livin’s “…a terrific album rooted in traditional country’s willingness to confront the realities of addiction, adultery, bad romantic choices and small-town blues.” With Trouble In Mind, the vocalist continues to explore the tortured, the saved and the in-between.

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For more information:
Holly Gleason
Torchlili@aol.com / 615-269-3238

Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle
Weinstein@bighassle.com / 212-619-1360

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782

www.leeannwomack.com

Bobby Bones Gets a Peak at Lee Ann Womack
National Morning Show Debuts “Send It On Down” BTS Video Today

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(Nashville, TN) — February 4, 2015 —When Bobby Bones decided to go long on Lee Ann Womack’s “Send It On Down,” a stark Chris Knight ballad from her Grammy-nominated The Way I’m Livin’, it started a tremor. Playing the song twice on his morning show, declaring, “Want me to tell you about a song that I like… it’s this Lee Ann Womack song. It’s not even a radio song, but it’s a download song,” he said before playing the stark ballad. As the song hit its bridge, he interrupted, “Download it! I don’t make any money off it, but it’s the jam… Sound the Alarm: it’s a good song/download song,” the track shot into iTunes’ Top 50.

“It was crazy to see a mainstream country morning show do that,” Womack, en route to Los Angeles for the Grammys, mused, “but it was awesome, too. It doesn’t sound like everything else being played, and people really responded. As an artist, that’s what you make music for.”

Bobby Bones gets another shot at his favorite new song – as bobbybones.com premieres an exclusive in-the-studio look of “Send It On Down” today. Shot in Nashville’s House of Blues Recording Studios, it’s an intimate performance of a song that captures the jagged hopelessness of a woman on the brink. Check it out here: smarturl.it/LAWBobbyBones

It’s been one crazy thing after another for Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’, the project made for love that’s turning into the little record that could. First was the Grammy nomination for Best Country Album, then Esquire put it in their all-genre Top 10 Albums of 2014. Next The Nashville Scene was covered with Single, Album, Female Vocalist and Artist of the Year recognition, as well as recent cameo stints singing “Pancho & Lefty” with Steve Earle and Paul Kennerley’s “Born To Run,” at “The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris” concert at DC’s DAR Constitution Hall,” an appearance on “The View,” then singing “Paradise” with John Prine in Florida later that same night.

Shot by Bill Filipiak, an award-winning documentary producer, the focus is on the playing and the vocal performance. A lean clip for a song that is equally to the bone.

“We’ve had some unlikely partners,” Womack says. “Whether it’s being part of the Emmylou Harris Tribute show in Washington DC and doing “Pancho & Lefty” with Steve Earle, singing with the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters on PBS’ ‘Rock My Soul’ special with Lucinda Williams, Amos Lee and Buddy Miller or joining John Legend for CMT’s ‘Crossroads,’ this has taken me interesting places – and let me make music with incredible artists from other genres. So, why not Bobby Bones? Or anyone who feels the music…”

With The Los Angeles Times writing of her version of Neil Young’s “Out On The Weekend” that she “fills it with a longing just as heavy as the original… The result, one of many such revelations on Womack’s latest, lingers long after the coda fades” and The Wall Street Journal raving she “sounds like she’s making up for lost time,” Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’ is making inroads in all kinds of surprising places.

Today, you can see for yourself what all the raves are about. smarturl.it/LAWBobbyBones

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About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

For more information:

Holly Gleason
Torchlili@aol.com / 615-269-3238

Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle
Weinstein@bighassle.com / 212-619-1360

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782

Lee Ann Womack Is All Over Nashville Scene’s Critics Poll
The Way I’m Livin’
for Album + Single, Womack for Female + Artist

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(Nashville, TN) — January 22, 2015 — “She digs in like she’s making up for lost time,” wrote The Wall Street Journal previewing the title track of Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’. Almost seven years since her last release, the Grammy-winning vocalist made a record solely from her heart, including songs from noted artists/songwriters Chris Knight, Julie Miller, Hayes Carll, Mindy Smith, Mando Saenz, Bruce Robison and Neil Young.

The Wall Street Journal begat raves in The New York Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Major profiles popped up in Texas Monthly, Lone Star Music, Tennessean, and Los Angeles Times. Year end lists from Esquire’s all-genre Top 10 on down saw Womack’s cut-live-on-the-floor meditation on the human condition in the higher reaches. Right behind Lambert for Female Vocalist of the Year, she was singled out as the #5 Artist of the Year by the 90 critics across America who regularly cover country music for various publications.

“This has been such a different experience,” Womack said. “It’s more removed and at the same time, more right here… but it feels like there’s a place in the world for this music I love! People do want to hear it, and have albums like this to listen to. When John Prine introduced me to a sold out house as someone who sings real country music, that did my heart proud.”

In the essay accompanying today’s Country Critics Poll, Geoffrey Himes wrote of Womack’s return, “Lee Ann Womack, who won Best Album and Best Single in 2000 and 2005, nearly matched those victories…a terrific album rooted in traditional country’s willingness to confront the realities of addiction, adultery, bad romantic choices and small-town blues.”

As Himes quoted Womack, “There was a time when Tammy Wynette sang about ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E,’ and George Jones sang about a ‘Cup of Loneliness.’ And it wasn’t just those two; country music in general sang about real problems. It was before we all started thinking our lives were so perfect. In this Facebook world, people try to construct a version of their lives as being so pretty. The music business is going along with that, but that’s not what life is really like. There’s nothing wrong with optimism, but it would be nice to have more than one side represented.”

With a Grammy nomination for The Way I’m Livin’, Womack followed her heart and came home a winner. Whether taking part in PBS’ fundraising “Rock My Soul” with traditional gospel’s Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters with guests Amos Lee, Buddy Miller and Lucinda Williams; singing “Galveston” on David Nail’s I’m A Fire; joining Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson and Sheryl Crow at Emmylou Harris: Life & Songs; co-hosting the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards with Jerry Douglas or CMT’s “Crossroads” with John Legend, Womack is taking country music to new avenues, new fans and new places.

With six Country Music Association Awards – including a pair of Single and Vocal Event of the Year, as well as Album and Female Vocalist – Womack is grateful when music’s recognized. She confesses, “I get so much from music. Clarity, hope, the chance to cry when I need to…I’d like to make music that will do that for someone else. I think that’s why all vocalists do it: to look at the world, try on emotions to see if they fit, and see if anyone else has felt that way, too.

When something like the Nashville Scene Country Critics’ Poll happens like this, I know I’m not alone. I know a bunch of other people out there have felt just like that, too. That fires me up!”

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About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

For more information:

Holly Gleason
Torchlili@aol.com / 615-269-3238

Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle
Weinstein@bighassle.com / 212-619-1360

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782

Lee Ann Womack Doubles at The Los Angeles Times
Grammy Nominee Gets Two Major Hits for The Way I’m Livin’


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(Los Angeles, CA) — January 20, 2015 — Lee Ann Womack and her little record that could, The Way I’m Livin’, have racked up significant critical acclaim – including a Best Records of 2014 in all genres from Esquire, appearances in USA Today, RollingStone.com and three in The Wall Street Journal. The Los Angeles Times has been kind, writing the album “is warm like a campfire on a chilly night.”

But when the holiday weekend hit, so did back-to-back LA Times coverage of the Tyler,Texan who in the last several months has performed at Maya Angelou’s “Celebration of Joy Rising” memorial; alongside Steve Earle, Allison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rodney Crowell at “The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris” at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall; with the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters with guests Lucinda Williams, Amos Lee and Buddy Miller for “Rock My Soul;” a CMT Crossroads with John Legend and a Thanksgiving National Anthem at Texas Stadium with steel guitar.

In Sunday’s Essential Tracks, the 6-time Country Music Award winner was singled out alongside Joey Badass and Django Django for her take on Neil Young’s “Out on the Weekend.” LA Times offered, “Taken from her recent album The Way I’m Livin’, she adds a twangy energy to the song, which first appeared on Young’s 1972 album Harvest, and fills it with a longing just as heavy as the original…The result, one of many such revelations on Womack’s latest, lingers long after the coda fades.”

Then on Monday, the paper returned with a feature headlined, “Lee Ann Womack Takes an Introspective Path to the Grammy Awards.” In the lead cover story of the calendar section, exploring an album filled with “frank, small-scale songs about people in tough spots,” Womack discusses following her heart, music for music’s sake and wanting to be Willie Nelson.

“We have a lot of friends out there,” Womack says of the onslaught in LA Times, “and our phones and texts haven’t stopped! It’s so nice and so flattering to see some place like The Los Angeles Times give this record that kind of notice – and it’s awesome to hear from some of those music friends who we lose track of ‘cause we’re all so busy!

But mostly, I’m grateful to get that support: that they don’t think I’m crazy to sing these kinds of songs and make this sort of music. To me, it’s about what people feel, what touches them when they’re alone or in awe or lost or excited. It’s not necessarily obvious, but I do think it’s true – and it may be in the rush-rush world necessary to understand ourselves.”

The woman The Wall Street Journal proclaimed “sounds like she’s making up for lost time” will be on hand for the Grammy Awards Feb 8. With a European run taking her to England, Ireland, Sweden and Norway, the Grammy-winning vocalist is also slated to appear at Nashville’s City Winery Feb 20 – and at a handful of American dates in the next few weeks.

“All I want to do,” says the progressive traditionalist, “is follow my heart, and sing great songs. If people like it, or it’s something they’re looking for, all the better. It makes me really, really happy when music touches people.”

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About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.
From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

For more information:

Holly Gleason
Torchlili@aol.com / 615-269-3238

Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle
Weinstein@bighassle.com / 212-619-1360

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782

www.leeannwomack.com

Lee Ann Womack Brings “The Way I’m Livin’” To “The View”
January 19 Show Features Grammy-Nominated Album’s Title Track


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(New York, NY) — January 14, 2015: Lee Ann Womackhas been racking up critical acclaim and Year End ‘Top 10s’ – including Esquire’s prestigious all-genre Ten Best of 2014 – on her way to a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. To celebrate, the Tyler, Texan will perform on “The View” on January 19.

“It’s gonna be a little weird singing about ‘lyin’ and a sinnin’ and I just can’t change…’ at that hour,” says the Grammy award winner. “But I think all smart women know that life gets rough and can spin out of control before you know…And it does kind of turn me on to take that real aggressive acoustic music to morning television.”

Womack also wowed folks with her kind of country this past weekend. As a last minute addition to “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris” at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall, she not only scorched Paul Kennerley’s surging “Born To Run” from Rose of Cimarron, but dueted with Steve Earle on Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho & Lefty” from Luxury Liner.

“There have been some really interesting things,” Womack said. “Looking at a band with Sam Bush, Don Was, Sara Watkins and Buddy Miller, seeing Emmylou or Vince Gill watching, then looking over at Steve Earle who I’m dueting with? That’s what every artist who loves songs, players and artists dreams of.

“And to get to sing a song as straight-up as ‘The Way I’m Livin’’ on ‘The View’? Well, those are some brave women! That makes’em my kind of people!”

Womack has been some interesting places this year. In addition to the Emmylou Harris Concert, featuring Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Trampled by Turtles, Iron & Wine and Conor Oberst, she performed at Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising memorial, PBS’ “Rock My Soul” a salute to gospel quartets with the Fairfield Four, the McCrary Sisters, Amos Lee and Lucinda Williams, CMT’s “Crossroads” with John Legend, co-hosted the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 25th Annual Awards with Jerry Douglas and sang on Dr. Ralph Stanley’s upcoming project.

The critics share the intrigue. NPR’s Ken Tucker marveled on Fresh Air, “That audience wants to hear her traditionalist style as a kind of realism — one that connects to feelings they have about the world around them just now. And in the strength of her vocals, her audience can take some strength for their own lives.”

Esquire, on a Top 10 list that included Beck, D’Angelo and St. Vincent, offered, “a gorgeously waved middle finger that still somehow makes her look like the classiest lady in the room (in this case, a late-night honky-tonk full of broken bottles and shattered dreams),” while New York Times said, “Ms. Womack is an exceptional singer with a plangent voice designed for lingering on the notes and words, especially plaintive ones…when Ms. Womack is allowed to luxuriate in her anguish, she is entrancing.”

“The View” will air Monday, January 19, on ABC. Check listings for local airtime.

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About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

For more information:
Holly Gleason
Torchlili@aol.com / 615-269-3238

Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle
Weinstein@bighassle.com / 212-619-1360

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782

www.leeannwomack.com

Lee Ann Womack Premieres “Live @ CMT” December 9
With The Way I’m Livin’ Getting a GRAMMY® Nomination, See Womack’s New Music Live + Unadorned at CMT.com


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Nashville, TN (December 8, 2014): Lee Ann Womack knows how to make music that scrapes people’s emotions down to the bone. With The Way I’m Livin’ earning a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Album, fans of stripped back, full-tilt country and roots music can see four of the songs from the 6-time CMA winner’s first Top 10 Americana album on CMT.com’s “Live @CMT,” starting Tuesday, December 9.

“One of the greatest things about ‘Live @CMT’ is they keep the focus on the music, the songs and the players,” Womack explains. “It is completely stripped down, and all about what’s inside the songs. As a singer and someone who is in awe of the accomplished musicians I get to work with, I love the fact they work so hard to capture those things. To me, that’s the heart of what makes people care in the first place.”

Womack performs Hayes Carll’s classic Wurlitzer country “Chances Are,” Chris Knight’s forsaken “Send It On Down,” Julie Miller’s haunted “Listen to the Wind” and Adam Wright’s scalding title track. Even when you pare these songs to their essential elements, they resonate with the kind of emotion that prompted NPR’s Ken Tucker to say, “In the strength of her vocals, her audience can take some strength for their own lives,” The Wall Street Journal to proclaim, “She digs in like she’s making up for lost time” and The New York Times to pronounce “Ms Womack is an exceptional singer with a plangent voice designed for lingering on the notes and words, especially plaintive ones…”

After USA Today gave The Way I’m Livin’ a rare four-out-of-four stars review, critic Brian Mansfield wrote of her GRAMMY® nomination,”Womack’s on any country singer’s short list of the genre’s best singers. And there’s probably not a country critic around who wouldn’t include this one on a list of 2014’s best albums.”

Joining East Texas native for “Live @CMT” are multi-instrumentalists Ethan Ballinger and Zach Runquist, drummer Dave Dunseath and Mark Knopfler vet bassist Glenn Worf. All are definitive musicians, who bring nuance to the arrangements. Among the artists who’ve appeared on the .com series: Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, Nickel Creek, Will Hoge, Justin Townes Earle, Angaleena Presley and Old Crow Medicine Show.

For Womack, it’s always about supporting the songs. In addition to her recent triumph on the National Anthem with legendary steel guitarist Paul Franklin at the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles Thanksgiving face-off, Womack was part of PBS’s celebration of Gospel Quartets with the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters featuring Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller and Amos Lee, CMT’s “Crossroads” with John Legend, cohosting the International Bluegrass Music Awards with Jerry Douglas and sang at Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising memorial service.

“Any time you can bring music fans closer to the music, I think it’s a good thing,” Womack says. “I’m thrilled to provide the chance for people to hear Ethan and Zach, who’re artists on their own, as well as a rhythm section like Dave and Glenn, who lean towards nuance as much as they do groove. “Live @CMT” is like being in our living room.”

Video available at midnight CST December 9 at CMT.com.

About Sugar Hill Records:

Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

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For more information:

Holly Gleason
Torchlili@aol.com / 615-269-3238

Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle
Weinstein@bighassle.com / 212-619-1360

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782

Lee Ann Womack Scores GRAMMY Nod for Best Country Album
The Way I’m Livin’ Singled Out by NARAS as One of Year’s Best


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Nashville, Tenn. (December 5, 2014)Lee Ann Womack wasn’t awake when her cell phone went off with news that The Way I’m Livin’, her stripped raw take on progressive/hard roots country, had a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. The dark horse collection – originally recorded for Universal Music Group at the behest of then-head Luke Lewis, ultimately released by the longstanding high-integrity label Sugar Hill Records – was made as a testament to great songs, incredible musicianship and Womack’s pristine bar-room soprano.

“I, uhm…,” the sleepy East Texan started, waking up in the back room of her tour bus, where she’s headlining the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in Broken Arrow, OK. “I didn’t even remember it was today. But man, this sure makes me feel like real music still matters… that all these wonderful players… and songwriters who write to tell stories, to show life all splintered and rough… and honestly, the kind of country music I love have a place in this world.”

Certainly the critics have recognized Womack’s passion. The New York Times proclaimed, “Ms. Womack is an exceptional singer with a plangent voice designed for lingering on the notes and words, especially plaintive ones… when Ms. Womack is allowed to luxuriate in her anguish, she is entrancing,” while The Wall Street Journal – who debuted The Way I’m Livin’ – raved, “She digs in like she’s making up for lost time…,” USA Today gave her a rare **** out of **** review – and the Associated Press offered, “Womack is one of American music’s most powerful interpreters of good material, whatever the genre.”

Music lovers across genres agree. In addition to her triumph of the national anthem with legendary steel guitarist Paul Franklin at the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles Thanksgiving face-off, Womack was part of a PBS special with the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters featuring Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller and Amos Lee, a CMT “Crossroads” with John Legend, cohosted the International Bluegrass Music Awards with Jerry Douglas and sang at Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising memorial service.

“I believe people find their lives, especially when they’re hurt or need inspiration in music,” the GRAMMY-winning vocalist says. “It’s too important to lose track of how a steel guitar note bends, how Mac McAnally plays that hesitant gospel piano part on ‘Send It On Down’ or someone like Mindy Smith takes doubt and transforms it into the faith of ‘All His Saints’… It may not save the world, but I want to believe it can change even a few lives.”

NPR’s Ken Tucker certainly sees that. On Fresh Air, the noted critic said, “That audience wants to hear her traditionalist style as a kind of realism — one that connects to feelings they have about the world around them just now. And in the strength of her vocals, her audience can take some strength for their own lives.”

For Womack, who hit Americana’s Top 10 for the first time, The Way I’m Livin’ is an album that represents a record made for the sake of the songs, the sheer joy of playing and all the subtle, conflicted emotions life can hold. With the songs of Julie Miller, Hayes Carll, Mindy Smith, Chris Knight, Bruce Robison, Mando Saenz, several first time writers and Roger Miller’s last Top 10, the eclecticism speaks straight to the heart – and this morning, the NARAS’s musician-, producer-, engineer- and songwriter-voting body.

About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

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For more information:
Holly Gleason
Torchlili@aol.com / 615-269-3238

Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle
Weinstein@bighassle.com / 212-619-1360

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782

Lee Ann Womack to Join Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving
Six-Time CMA Winner Sings National Anthem with Paul Franklin on Steel


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(Arlington, TX) — November 20, 2014 — Lee Ann Womack has performed at the Concert for the Nobel Peace Prize, Willie Nelson’s 70th Birthday and Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising Memorial. On Thanksgiving, the East Texas girl will firmly plant her heels and embrace one of the Lone Star State’s greatest honors: sing “The Star Spangled Banner” before the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles inside AT&T Stadium.

“Growing up, Thanksgiving and football were always part of the tradition,” says the six-time Country Music Association Award winner. “When you think of those things that are such a part of Thanksgiving in Texas, but really everywhere, watching that Cowboys game with your family is a big part of the day!”

Womack being a traditionalist of the true order is looking to bring a taste of her kind of country music to the undertaking. Joining the woman deemed “entrancing” by The New York Times is renowned steel guitarist Paul Franklin, known for his work with Mark Knopfler, Sting and Megadeth, as well Alan Jackson, George Strait and his Grammy-nominated collaboration Bakersfield with Vince Gill.

“Paul brings so much heart to the songs he plays on,” Womack says of her unusual choice. “When I was asked, I didn’t just want to go and sing, I wanted to really invest this performance of our national anthem with something that makes us all reconsider what the song is expressing. If you’ve ever heard… or really listened to Paul’s musicianship and the emotions he brings out… I think having him play opens up so many aspects of what Francis Scott Key was celebrating when he wrote that.”

Womack has much to celebrate and be thankful for this holiday season. The response to The Way I’m Livin’, her first new music in seven years, has been unprecedented. Major features in Texas Monthly, No Depression, Nashville Scene and Rollingstone.com, as well as multiple appearances in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and on NPR, via Fresh Air and World Café, helped her achieve a Top 10 Americana Album.

Womack taped CMT’s “Crossroads” with R&B sensation John Legend, co-hosted the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards with Jerry Douglas, joined Lucinda Williams, Amos Lee and Buddy Miller for a PBS tribute to gospel quartets with the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters and went into the studio with Dr. Ralph Stanley for an album to be released in 2015.

“When I look at this year,” Womack says, “I feel blessed that I was able to make so much music with so many amazing people, to express the songs in my heart and to explore places I might not have otherwise. My family is healthy… and we will get to be together during the holidays, so singing the anthem before the Cowboys game really is the cherry on top.”


Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday, November 27, 3:30 PM Eastern Time on FOX
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.
From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.
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Lee Ann Womack Joins UK/IRE Country To Country Tour
Plays London’s O2 Arena March 7, Dublin’s 3Arena March 8
Closer to Home Tour Dates & More Killer Press


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(Dublin, IRE; London, UK; Nashville, TN) — October 22, 2014 — Lee Ann Womack has always been one of those artists who transcends labels, genres and great divides. Having sung for Nelson Mandela at the Concert for the Nobel Prize and Dr. Maya Angelou at her Celebration of Hope Rising, her appeal reaches beyond the traditional country star. And now that appeal is reaching across the Atlantic, where Womack will be one of the featured performers on 2015’s Country To Country Tour.

She will play London’s massive O2 Arena on Saturday, March 7, then head to Dublin’s 3Arena to play for the Irish fans on Sunday, March 8. Designed to create a diverse picture of what country music can be, Womack shares the bill with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Brandy Clark.

“One of the things I’ve always loved about England is how wide-open and embracing they are of music, without worrying so much about what it is,” Womack says. “But I also know both the UK and Irish fans listen so much closer to the music, they really pay attention to the lyrics and the poetry – and they really love true, hard country music and wonderful songs like very few do!”

Womack would know. Recently featured in a 7,000 word profile in No Depression by noted author David Cantwell, he wrote of her artistic lean, “Her music’s the same as gospel in some ways, just looked at from life’s other side.” The Nashville Scene seconds that emotion, offering of The Way I’m Livin’s essence, “knotty narratives dominate. What really makes them feel adult, and particularly ill-suited to partying, is the way their protagonists refuse to lie to themselves about the consequences of their actions and the states of their souls. Call it gospel-versant realism.”

That continues the media mandate. The New York Times proclaims, “Ms. Womack is an exceptional singer with a plangent voice designed for lingering on the notes and words, especially plaintive ones… when Ms. Womack is allowed to luxuriate in her anguish, she is entrancing,” while The Wall Street Journal– who debuted The Way I’m Livin’ – raved, “She digs in like she’s making up for lost time…” and USA Today gave her a rare **** out of **** review.

While Womack gears up for her 2015 tour, lucky fans on the West Coast, as well as a few select Midcentral dates can hear the band that prompted NPR’s Ann Powers to tell “World Café” in their Americana festival coverage, “I’m definitely going to her show, and standing in the front row, cheering her on.”


About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections , Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

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Lee Ann Womack Gears Up For A BIG Week
Wall Street Journal To 1st Listen The Way I’m Livin’ 9/17
Tapes CMT “Crossroads” with John Legend 9/17 for 9/26 Debut
USA Weekend 9/14; NPR “World Café” 9/17 + AMA Showcases 9/19 + 21

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(Nashville, TN) —September 15, 2014 — It may have been seven years since Lee Ann Womack put out a record, but she’s – as The Wall Street Journal noted when they debuted “The Way I’m Livin’” earlier this summer – “making up for lost time.” Having world premiered a provocative video that’s attracted much conversation on CMT – with a sneak peek at RollingStone.com – the new week is picking up momentum at a staggering pace.

Wednesday, September 17, The Wall Street Journal will again take the lead in bringing the Grammy-winner’s decidedly hardcore music to the public, streaming The Way I’m Livin’ in its entirety. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Chris Knight, Pistol Annies), the roots writer collection takes life at its most unvarnished and splintered – attracting those who lament the passage of the ‘tough stuff’ from the genre.

“The response is a little amazing,” Womack says. “Frank and I made a record of the songs we love… with players who really went deep to match my singing, the emotions I wanted…and we didn’t think about radio or marketing or anything. We just did this move us. You can’t second guess other people, but it sure feels good knowing other people share our hunger for this music too, because it’s definitely grown up country.”

Featured in this Sunday’s USA Weekend addressing the process and risks of TWIL, Womack proves music exists beyond neat boxes and convenient tags. She tapes CMT’s “Crossroads” with urban sensation John Legend on September 17, a collaboration that appeals to the 6-time Country Music Association Award winner. (The show will premiere on CMT on September 26.) “John Legend comes from a deep place,” she says. “He’s a great musician and vocalist… Kanye West enlists him for that musicality – and whether it’s straight soul or hip-hop, John brings great melody and emotion. As someone who knows how soulful country can be, this is gonna get interesting.”

Womack’s ability to straddle and blur lines has made her a go-to for Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, Alan Jackson and Buddy Miller. As the Americana Festival & Conference kicks off, the East Texan is featured on NPR’s “World Café” Americana coverage September 17. She performs at the Cannery Ballroom September 19 on a bill with Miller, Sam Outlaw (with Ry Cooder) and Trigger Hippie, as well as an “Americana’s Most Wanted” guitar pull that afternoon for SiriusXM with Hayes Carll, Bobby Bare, Jr and Bobby Braddock. She will also be a guest for the “Rock My Soul” PBS special taping on gospel quartets featuring the McCrary Sisters and the Fairfield Four that September 21.

“This is everything music is: heart, soul, life, pain and the power to express beyond just words. Good music comes from the same root – and this is a chance to prove it with actions over words! I’m fired up, grateful and ready to get the music out.”

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4 September 2014


Lee Ann Womack Gears Up for a Big Fall
Releases THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ Sept. 23
CMT “Crossroads” Airing 9/26; Co-Hosts IBMA Awards Oct. 2;
Texas Monthly, Garden & Gun, PEOPLE, Esquire + NPR


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Nashville, TN: As the Sept. 23 release for The Way I’m Livin’ draws close, Lee Ann Womack is cutting a wide path through American music. With CMT: Country Music Television’s “Crossroads,” featuring a collaboration with John Legend, airing on Sept. 26 and her upcoming International Bluegrass Music Awards co-hosting duties October 2 in Raleigh, it’s looking like a busy fall.

“When I said I was ready to get back to work,” laughs the Grammy-winning progressive traditionalist, “I knew they were going to throw it at me, but this has been a whole lot more than I could’ve dreamed. It’s kind of exciting to see how far I can take this music – or rather the songs of the writer/artists I cut.”

Early response to The Way I’m Livin’ has been strong. The Wall Street Journal debuted the title track, writing, “she digs in like she’s making up for lost time” and USA Today wrote the CD is “irresistibly teasing.” Look for spreads in Garden + Gun, Texas Monthly, People, Cowboys & Indians, Lone Star Music, Esquire’s Playlist, various daily papers, NoDepression.com and NPR’s Weekend Edition.

That album – the eagerly-anticipated The Way I’m Livin’ – marks the end of a seven year silence from the CMA Female Vocalist who’s also won their coveted Album of the Year for There’s More Where That Came From, as well as a pair of CMA Vocal Event and Single of the Year Awards. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, David Nail), The Way I’m Livin’ features the songs of Chris Knight, Mindy Smith, Julie Miller, Mando Saenz, Hayes Carll, Neil Young, Bruce Robison and one cagey cover lifted from Roger Miller.

“I wanted songs that talked about how life really is, the raw spots, the tough places, the meltdowns and messy parts,” laughs the always sunny Texan. “Hard, sad, rough… all the stuff people pretend doesn’t exist! Because once you embrace that, you can figure out what to do; or not do!”

“The Way I’m Livin’,” currently at radio, was written by Grammy Country Song of the Year nominee Adam Wright (“So You Don’t Have To Love Me Any More.”) A scalding psychic meltdown of a lost soul, banging on the rocks and not sure they want any better is fuel for a provocative Roger Pistole-directed video that will arrive in the next few weeks.

“We’re picking up speed, and that makes me happy,” says Womack. “I’ve waited a long time to get this music out – and I love how people are responding.”

About Sugar Hill Records
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

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TORY BURCH BLOGS LEE ANN WOMACK & THE WAY I’M LIVIN’

Joins Jenny Lewis, Audra McDonald, Karen Elson, Q-Tip in Music Issue

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(New York, NY) - July 29, 2014 - With The Wall Street Journal debuting the title track to The Way I’m Livin’ and USA Today building a ‘Listen Up’ playlist of the scorching Adam Wright song about consumption and surrender, Lee Ann Womack’s first album in almost seven years is attracting attention from some very intriguing places. Today, Tory Burch features Womack and her upcoming album as part of her online “Music Issue.”

“When we got the inquiry, I was puzzled,” Womack admits, “because while I like clothes, I don’t necessarily think of someone like Tory Burch and my kind of music. Then I heard some of the other artists she was doing, and I was pretty fired up.”

Jenny Lewis, Audra McDonald, Q-Tip, Karen Elson, Sophie Auster, Anna Kendrick, Womack’s good friend Holly Williams and rock critic Lisa Robinson. From alternative to chanteuse, hip hop to muse, pop, roots and evocateur, ToryBurch.com has singled out artists for the truly eclectic and exceptional.

From her first music memory to working with award-winning husband/producer Frank Liddell, the far-reaching interview takes the reader into the process of what is perhaps Womack’s most provocative album. As a CMA Album of the Year award-winner (There’s More Where That Came From), as well as Female and multiple Single and Vocal Events, Womack is known for pushing the boundaries of what modern country can contain.

“The questions and what they wanted to talk about fired me up,” confesses the East Texan. “Not everybody wants to know where the songs come from, or why… How you bring something like this together, or how you let go of ‘what you know’ to figure out what you need. My favorite part? Talking about the relationship and responsibility you feel as a singer to the songwriter/artists whose songs you’re recording!”

Shot in Tory Burch’s Mexican hippie/peasant dress outside the House of Blues Studio in Nashville, the Grammy-winner is gearing up for the Sept. 23rd release. RollingStone.com proclaimed her “Best Comeback” after her All 4 the Hall appearance and wrote of TWIL, “like something Merle Haggard or Waylon Jennings would have crafted back in the Seventies” and USA Today has called the single “irresistibly teasing” and Billboard weighed in with “She found the kernel of truth.”

To read the Tory Burch blog, click here.

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

4/22/15 - Vienna, VA - Barnes of Wolf Trap
4/23/15 - North Wilkesboro, NC - Merlefest
5/02/15 - Ramara, Canada - Casino Rama
5/06/15 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler
5/07/15 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler
5/08/15 - San Antonio, TX - Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
5/13/15 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
5/14/15 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
5/15/15 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom
5/16/15 - Lac Du Flambeau - Lake of the Torches Resort & Casino
6/25/15 - Somerville, MA - Johnny D’s
6/26/15 - Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain Arts Center
6/27/15 - Clayton, NY - Clayton Opera House
7/23/15 - White Sulphur Springs, MT - Red Ants Pants Festival
7/25/15 - Deadwood, SD - Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel

PRESS ASSETS:
Lee Ann Womack Trouble In Mind
Lee Ann Womack is All Over Nashville Scene Country Critics’ Poll
Lee Ann Womack Doubles At The Los Angeles Times
Lee Ann Womack Brings “The Way I’m Livin’” to “The View”
The Way I’m Livin’ GRAMMY Nomination
Lee Ann Womack Premieres Live @ CMT Dec. 9
Lee Ann Womack Joins Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving
Lee Ann Womack Joins Country To Country
Lee Ann Womack AMA Week PDF
Lee Ann Womack - Big Fall
Lee Ann Womack - THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ Video Shoot
Lee Ann Womack Bio - 2014
THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ Quote Sheet
Lee Ann Womack Signing Announcement - Press Release
Lee Ann Womack THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ Album Release - Press Release
Lee Ann Womack To Co-Host IBMA Awards With Jerry Douglas - Press Release
Tory Burch Blogs Lee Ann Womack - Press Release
Lee Ann Womack Makes Video for “The Way I’m Livin’” - Press Release

ALBUM MATERIALS: Click for hi-res
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For more information about Lee Ann Womack, please contact
Megan McNair at Sugar Hill Records:

P: 615.465.6760 or E: mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com

Ashley Moyer at Sugar Hill Records:
P: 615.465.6782 or E: amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com

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