“Hello! We make real country music and appreciate that you support that by coming to see us play REAL country music.”
This statement, made by Lee Ann Womack following the first song of her September 26th concert in Mansfield, Ohio, was met with a roaring applause. I admittedly was part of that pleased reaction. As a matter of fact, I’m 99% sure that I was the first to welcome said statement with a clap of my hands. This would be my first time experiencing a live Womack performance and I don’t believe that I could’ve been more blown away! While I have been listening to Womack’s music since her debut in the later half of the 90’s, it was her latest album, The Way I’m Livin’ that really grabbed my attention.
Lee Ann Womack opened the show with her debut single, “Never Again, Again,” and I knew immediately that I was in for one of the best shows that I will have seen all year. To this day, I still can not understand how this song peaked at #23 on the country music charts back in 1997.
Lee Ann Womack filled her setlist with songs from her latest album, The Way I’m Livin’, all the way back to her self-titled debut album. Womack also threw in a handful of classic country covers, most notably, “You’re Still On My Mind” by the legendary George Jones. Topping that, Womack performed possibly the most beautiful rendition of “Wayfaring Stranger” that I have ever heard!
Despite a number of audience members that may have had a few drinks beyond their limit, Lee Ann Womack displayed a witty banter with the crowd. Womack shared humorous stories between songs about her career, an interaction with her former and current husbands that was a scream and more.
Nearing the end of the show, Womack performed what is easily the biggest song in her career to this point, “I Hope You Dance.” If this song doesn’t tug at the heartstrings even a little bit, I’m not sure what could! Surprisingly, when Womack returned to the stage for her encore, the show continued to get even better! “I’ll Think Of A Reason Later” turned up the fun a bit more and then Womack closed the show with a fantastic cover of Don Williams’ “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.”
Perhaps I found extra enjoyment with the show due to my fantastic seats in the front row, but I have no doubt that I could’ve been in the lobby for the entire set and still be amazed! If Lee Ann Womack is coming to your town, do NOT miss out on this show!
Lee Ann Womack’s latest album The Way I’m Livin’ is available now. Womack is nominated for the 2015 CMA Awards in the Female Vocalist Of The Year category. Follow Womack on Facebook and on Twitter: @leeannwomack