Lee Ann Womack, Brian Wright | City Winery | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader
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Lee Ann Womack, Brian Wright 

When: Wed., May 13, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $25-$35
A decade ago, near the peak of her Nashville stardom, singer Lee Ann Womack released There’s More Where That Came From (MCA Nashville), an album that eschewed the high-gloss finish of its predecessors and celebrated her love for old-school honky-tonk and a vintage countrypolitan sound. Though the move pushed her off the charts, it inspired some of her strongest work. Unfortunately, Womack has made a whole lot less of it: last year’s terrific The Way I’m Livin’ (Sugar Hill) is her first studio album in six years—but it’s well worth the wait. It features a potent mix of country rock a la Buddy Miller (“Don’t Listen to the Wind” was actually written by Miller’s wife, Julie) woozy balladry from Hayes Carll (“Chances Are”), and even a languid stroll through a Neil Young classic (“Out on the Weekend”). In each case Womack’s luxuriant voice spills out like a fuller, richer analog of the lyric pedal-steel lines from Paul Franklin. It’s not all great—“Same Kind of Different” sounds like tentative soft rock and “Tomorrow Night in Baltimore” is a gasping sprint—but Womack is never less than fully committed. It’s good to have her back. —Peter Margasak
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