Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern music, makes her debut for ATO Records with The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, an album that mixes the country, soul, gospel and blues of her native East Texas, into an audacious, sharp-edged work of art. Produced by Womack's husband and fellow Texan Frank Liddell (fresh off a 2017 ACM Album of the Year win for Miranda Lambert's The Weight of These Wings), and featuring songs mostly co-written by Womack, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, is her most personal album to date, marking the culmination of a journey that began with her 2005 CMA Album of the Year There's More Where That Came From toward an authentic American music that celebrates her roots and adds to the canon.
Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone features 14 new songs, recorded with Womack's core band of top shelf musicians including bassist Glenn Worf, songwriters and guitarists Wright, Payne and Ethan Ballinger, and drummer Jerry Roe. The album was mostly recorded at the legendary SugarHillStudios in Houston, TX. Formerly known as Gold Star and open since 1941, SugarHill is one of the oldest continuously run studios in the country and home to seminal early recordings by many artists who had a formative influence on Womack, including George Jones, Willie Nelson and Lightnin' Hopkins. Among the album's three cover songs, Womack recorded a haunting version of George Jones' "Please Take the Devil Out of Me" standing on the same gold star linoleum floor where he cut the 1959 original.
"I wanted to get out of Nashville, and tap the deep music and vibe of East Texas," says Womack. "I wanted to make sure this record had a lot of soul in it, because real country music has soul. I wanted to remind people of that."