Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
Even more than 20 years into her career, Lee Ann Womack is still going strong. The country star received her 11th and 12th Grammy nominations for the 2019 awards, with her ninth studio album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone receiving a nod for best Americana album and its lead single “All the Trouble” earning one for best Americana roots song.
But before she finds out her Grammy fate on Feb. 10, Womack will first be participating in a special tribute to Willie Nelson, “Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw,” on Jan. 12 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. She’ll perform hits from the country legend alongside fellow country artists like Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Alison Krauss and George Strait; as well as stars of other genres such as The Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett and John Mellencamp. Ahead of the special night, Womack dedicates her Takeover Tuesday playlist to the country legend.
“Willie Nelson’s music is the great American soundtrack,” Womack says. “He’s an incredible writer and singer and his voice has become so recognizable. I’ve traveled all over the world and I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t know and love Willie’s music.”
Coincidentally, Womack won her sole Grammy with Nelson for their 2002 collaboration “Mendocino County Line,” which is one of the 24 songs Womack selected for her Willie Nelson-inspired playlist. The songstress also included some of Willie’s biggest hits such as “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind” and “Whiskey River,” along with some deep cuts such as “Hello Walls” and “The Great Divide.”
Get your Willie Nelson fix with Lee Ann Womack’s playlist below.