Lee Ann Womack returns to traditional country with new album

The youngster getting serenaded in “I Hope You Dance” has had 15 years to do a lot of the things its parent wished for in those lyrics.

Lee Ann Womack will forever be linked to the monster crossover hit of 2000. But the Texas singer who helped get us used to figuring out if a song (or its singer) is “country” or “pop” has left the pop side of that divide to the youngsters, returning to the traditional country that inspired her.

Womack’s latest album, “The Way I’m Livin’,” has drawn comparisons to the work of Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette and was recorded mostly live in the studio.

The singer has been nominated for album of the year and artist of the year at next month’s Americana Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., “Americana” being a genre for a lot of people who are too country for country radio nowadays.

Read more from Mike Weatherford at bestoflasvegas.com. Contact him at mweatherford@reviewjournal.com.

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