Ann Womack Hails Classic Influences On New Album
By Bobby Reed: CMA Close
Up News Service
Photo By: James Minchin III
Ann Womack is pushing her career forward by taking a look back.
As the title suggests, Womack's new album, There's More
Where That Came From, is heavily influenced by classic
Country Music of the '60s and '70s.
have fawned over the album, and radio programmers warmly
embraced the lead single, "I May Hate Myself in the
Morning," which added another Top 10 single to her career
list that includes "You've Got to Talk to Me,"
"The Fool,'' "A Little Past Little Rock" and
"Ashes by Now."
is best known for "I Hope You Dance," a song that
topped the Country charts and crossed over to become a hit on
the pop and adult contemporary charts. This unforgettable anthem
was a key factor in helping Womack win CMA Female Vocalist of
the Year in 2001.
stayed out of the spotlight for most of 2004 in order to focus
on her family. Womack is married to producer and song publisher
Frank Liddell, whose production credits include albums by Jack
Ingram and Miranda Lambert. Womack has two daughters, Anna Lise,
6 (with Liddell), and Aubrie, 14 (with singer-songwriter Jason
explained how a demo recording of Odie Blackmon's composition
"I May Hate Myself in the Morning" jolted her out of a
was kind of languishing, not really sure what I wanted to do or
what I needed to do," she recalled. "But then I heard
'I May Hate Myself in the Morning,' and that was my answer. To
put it in visual terms, it was like I had a big question mark
over my head, and then all of the sudden, I had a big light bulb
over my head. That song made me want to get back in the studio
and make music again.''
song gave direction to the resulting album, and it became
Womack's highest-charting single since 2000. "I knew from
the beginning that I wanted 'Hate Myself' to be the first
single," Womack said. "That song was not really like
the other things that were happening on radio at the time, but
at some point, you just have to stand up and say, 'This is who I
am.' I felt that I needed to make sure people understood
song's lyrics - concerning a character who can't resist spending
time with an old flame - resonated with fans. "The listener
response was immediate, and mostly from women who have been in
the same situation and could relate to the song,'' said Lisa
Dent, the midday personality at WUSN/Chicago.
addition to doing her own songwriting, Womack listened to
approximately 1,000 songs in anticipation of entering the
listened to songs over a long period of time for this
album," Womack said. "My husband is a publisher, and
all of our friends are plugged into the songwriting community,
so listening to songs is a process that never stops for us. The
day I finished this album, I was already putting songs aside and
listening for the next album."
her seventh release, Womack enlisted the services of producer
Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Randy Travis).
Gallimore produced a dozen of the new album's 13 cuts, including
the single, "He Oughta Know That by Now." (Greg Droman
produced the track "When You Get to Me.")
lot of people were shocked that I was working with Byron,"
Womack said. "But to me, the mark of the great producers is
that they make the artist's album, not their album. It's not the
producer's sound; it's the artist's sound. Byron was the perfect
choice because I knew he would do what I wanted him to do."
the recording sessions, Womack and Gallimore had many
discussions about Country Music classics. "I would bring
Byron albums that I loved," Womack recalled. "I would
say, 'Let me tell you why I like the way Buck Owens and Don Rich
sound together here.' I'd tell him why I like the harmonies on a
particular song, or why I like the bass on a Ricky Skaggs album.
Then Byron would say, 'Well, here's how they achieved that then,
and with today's technology, here's how we can achieve it on
your album.' I think Byron is so talented, and he's such a great
has certainly proven that he has the Midas touch, but his
philosophy as a producer is to let the artist guide the way.
not a situation where you want to take the artist off of the
path that he or she wants to go,'' Gallimore explained. "My
job is to assist the artist. Lee Ann had tons of suggestions
throughout the recording of this album. So we worked together as
a team, and I think that's what it takes. At the end of the
project, it's about both of us being happy, but it's really
about her being proud of the album that she has in her hand -
and not feeling like there's any little piece in any song that
she would like to change. We carried it to that degree.''
is promoting the album by participating in one of the summer's
biggest tours, performing in the middle slot on a bill with
superstar Toby Keith and newcomer Shooter Jennings.
is now an industry veteran, but she is still breaking new
ground. MCA Nashville recently issued her Greatest Hits
collection in the new DualDisc format, with audio tracks on the
CD side and music videos on the DVD side. Womack is one of
the first Country artists to have a product available in this
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2005 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.
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