Last month when I read that Lee Ann Womack got the boot from her record label after 14 years and 20 Top 40 singles, I couldn’t help but want to kick rocks. I have always loved Lee Ann, but because she doesn’t cover pop songs about breaking up with her little boyfriend or dance around with with stuffed animals because she is a grown ass women…she’s not selling enough records to keep her around. That sucks, but such is life.
The other morning we had a request from a caller to play “the new Lee Ann Womack” song and because I obviously know EVERYTHING I told him there was no such thing. Well, he was right and I was wrong..kinda. Lee Ann popped up soon after that on the log with a song titled “Moma’s On A Roll”. The first time I heard it I was hooked. I hope it gets some radio play!
Momma, Daddy, Booze, LeeAnn Womack…how can you not like a song like that?
After “researching” the song, meaning I Googled, I discovered that this song is on an album titled Kin that I knew NOTHING about…but now I do. Listening to some of the other songs, it might be a little deep for me because I am as shallow as a kiddie pool, but as soon as I remember my iTunes password I am going to download this sucker. You can read all you’d ever want to know about this Rodney Crowell/Mary Karr project that also includes artists such as Norah Jones, Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristopherson, and Emmy Lou Harris HERE.
“Well, in this day and age, my advice is really very antiquated. I’m not a big fan of popular culture. “Who wants to be the next idol?” doesn’t seem to promote individuality or a particular singular vision. It seems like when young artists go that way, they eventually herd them into one style — basically, big, broad-stroke popular. Where’s the Tom T. Hall in that or the Bob Dylan, which is poetry-driven, singular vision artistry? So my advice is too antiquated for someone to make it in this day and age because it does seem like the keyhole is so much more narrow now, than say, when Woody Guthrie was out there writing protest songs that were so heartfelt and so beautiful.”–Rodney Crowell