Three years after her last album was lauded by the industry but stalled at radio, Lee Ann Womack is back with "Call Me Crazy," due this week via MCA Nashville.
Three years after her last album was lauded by the industry but stalled at radio, Lee Ann Womack is back with "Call Me Crazy," due this week via MCA Nashville. In the time since 2005's "There's More Where That Came From," Womack did "family stuff," wrote a lot and worked with 17-year-old daughter Aubrey, an aspiring artist ("Around our house music has a way of sneaking in there," she says).
When she was ready to hit the studio, Womack teamed with producer Tony Brown (Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn). "I had wanted to work with Tony since I came to town," Womack says, adding that she's a fan of his work with Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett and George Strait. "I kind of knew what he would like and what he would gravitate toward and it's a lot of the same things that I do."
The album has a dark vibe, with plenty of drinking and love lost, but Womack says it wasn't intentional. "I try to go through the whole process with blinders on and just cut songs that really work for me. Sometimes it ends up being different when I don't even realize it's different.
"It probably seems dark compared to what's been made around here the last couple years," Womack continues. "I don't think it's dark compared to Hank Williams or George Jones. It's what I gravitate toward-songs that make you feel something."