Around Our Town...Music to My Ears
05/01/2005 - Lee Ann Womack: There's More Where That Came From
Musically speaking, I cut my teeth on the hardcore country music of the fifties, sixties, and early seventies. Some of my strongest, most formative memories have to do with frequent card parties out on the ranch. I remember the adults sitting around a great big kitchen table, laughing and shuffling, while we kids ran around doing whatever we did in the freedom of their preoccupation. Always, always there was the old cabinet hi-fi, churning out story after story of loving, leaving, and losing. The deep bass, crying steel guitars, and sweet twin fiddles are sounds that are indelibly locked in somewhere deep in my consciousness. Later, as we kids got older, the folks allowed us to go to the community dances which were held nearly every summer weekend in various towns on the plains of eastern Colorado. These experiences solidified the notion that part of my reality would be forever tethered to a genre of music. Does anyone else remember dancing with moms, aunts and cousins while the men stood out in a loose group near somebody's pickup, passing a bottle around and talking about cattle, weather, and general misfortune. Of course, there was always the band, covering Haggard, Cash, Jones, and Williams.
Lee Ann Womack has done a great thing, at least in my estimation. She has released an album (yep, album. There is a vinyl version of her latest on sale now in stores. But then who still has a turntable?) filled with the kind of music that many of us grew up listening to. That's right, the fiddles, steel guitars, and lyrics about cheatin' and leavin' are all there. What we have here, folks, is a bona fide throwback, genuine old-school country album. And in this age of musical melding and genre crossing, "There's More Where That Came From" is a welcome change.
Another cool aspect of this release is the packaging. The artwork is completely retro, meaning that it looks like an early seventies Tammy Wynette or Loretta Lynn album. It's a pretty cool idea, and now that I've seen it, it's hard to believe someone hasn't already thought of it.
If you're not a true country music fan, this one probably isn't for you. For those of us who are, Lee Ann Womack has given us something to smile about.