At long last, Lee Ann Womack is returning this fall with a brand new album, The Way I’m Livin’. She previewed the title track during the All 4 the Hall concert in Nashville in May and proved that her fiery spirit is intact. She followed the performance with one of her most enduring songs, “A Little Past Little Rock.” Although she’s crossing state lines to heal a broken heart, the lyrics reveal that she’s still got a long way to go.
The midtempo song trekked to No. 2 in the fall of 1998, kept from the top spot by the Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces,” another country classic about moving on. Remarkably, Womack spent several years stuck at the second slot as “The Fool,” “You’ve Got to Talk to Me,” “A Little Past Little Rock” and “I’ll Think of a Reason Later” all peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s country airplay chart in the late ‘90s. However, she finally claimed a five-week No. 1 smash and numerous accolades with “I Hope You Dance” in 2000.
Admired by fans and fellow artists for her traditional influences, Womack also likes to pay homage to her own heroes. In recent years, she toured with George Strait and Reba McEntire, and on Wednesday (June 4), she paid musical tribute to Alan Jackson on the CMT Music Awards.
Look for Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’, her first album of new material in six years, on Sept. 23. In the meantime, enjoy the vintage video for “A Little Past Little Rock.”