By Steve Breazeale
Country music star Lee Ann Womack spent seven years making her newest album, “The Way I’m Livin’.” The record, which has garnered critical acclaim and earned her 2016 Grammy Award nominations for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, has been worth the wait for Womack.
Working alongside her husband, Frank, and several talented musicians, Womack has put together a new album that features original work and country covers of seminal favorites.
Womack is in the midst of her 2016 tour and will perform at The Coach House Concert Hall in San Juan Capistrano on Feb. 19. Tickets are $30 and the doors open at 6 p.m.
Womack’s vocals, whether accompanied by a lone guitar or full-piece band, drive the emotion of the tracks on “The Way I’m Livin’,” which cover a wide variety of themes (love, loss) and musical genres (outlaw country, bluegrass). Womack has performed songs that delve into those themes before, but this record seems to present them in a different light.
“I love songs about real, real life,” Womack said. “Roger Miller’s ‘Tomorrow Night in Baltimore,’ that’s about a man obsessed with a stripper … ‘Chances Are’ is (about) the world’s most honest, but hopeful, barfly …Life is all those things. Maybe we just made it a little grittier than people are used to.”
Womack will perform songs off “The Way I’m Livin’” as well as tracks from her nearly 20-year career.
The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. For tickets and more information, call 949.496.8930 or visit www.thecoachhouse.com.