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Lee Ann Womack finds there's more of where that came from

By Jeffrey B. Remz, January 2005

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Womack lamented record company changes she has been forced to deal with during her career. "Every time I put out a record since I started, the label shut down, or they fire everybody. You get a little more thick skinned."

"We had a lot of new people that I didn't know...Frank just thought it would be best if I had someone with a track record like Byron until I got to know (the new staff). Especially with 'Somewhere' where it threw everybody a curveball. We wanted to come back and be able to paint a picture pretty clearly of what I wanted to do."

For the "Greatest Hits" package, Womack cut new songs "The Wrong Girl" and "Time for Me to Go" with Gallimore.

At the same time, she cut five more songs that ended up on the new album.

"Byron's real easy going," says Womack of his style. "When I was working with Mark, Mark was also more a label head. There was a lot of different (things going on). When you're running a label and producing all those acts, there's a lot of meetings he has to go to. He's a busy guy. He's in and out, rushing around. With Byron, everything was real calm. Real laid back, and he's busy as well, but I think not having all the business, all the meetings, paper work and things that Mark was having to do makes him a little bit different."

"It was more relaxed," she says of working with Gallimore. "I'm not really knocking either way. Mark brings a lot of energy."

"Sometimes I think the artist is really too close to it to tell," she says.Listeners will have to pay close attention until the end to get the full effect of the music.

And if they do, they will find that what they thought was dozen songs actually is a baker's dozen, a hidden track and one of the best songs on the entire disc, "Just Someone I Used to Know."

The Jack Clement-penned song was a number 5 hit for Parton and singing partner Wagoner in 1969. (Interestingly enough, Parton recorded a song "More Where That Came From," a totally different song from Womack's title track, for her "Slow Dancing With the Moon" album of 1993)

Womack does not have a duet partner, but no matter as she gets to the heart of the song. Womack doesn't have the quiver of Parton's voice, but she puts her own stamp on he song.

Why hide one of the best songs?

"You know what, that was an idea that a friend of mine said," says Womack. "You ought to do a cover song on every one of your records and just make it a hidden track and make it something that (people) would look for."

"We went to the studio one day, and we had extra time at the end of the studio. We hated to let the time go to waste. Byron said pick a song you always loved and always wanted to cut. The musicians all knew it."

About 45 minutes later, the song was all done.

With fiddle and backing harmonies, the song, perhaps the most traditional one after almost 52 minutes, seems a perfect bookend to the album.

The traditional idea is backed up by the label as well. MCA is making the album available in vinyl form in stores that stock vinyl, although the hidden track won't necessarily be available on all vinyl copies of the album. The graphics have a '60s feel as well with soft brown tinged shot of Womack on the right side of the cover and her name in big letters at the upper left followed underneath by the album title and a list of all the songs. Just as in the good old days of vinyl.

The vinyl idea came from the label's design department, according to Amber Williams of MCA's publicity department.

"It was basically the music," says Williams explaining why the album is being released on vinyl, quite an unusual step these days when vinyl is something almost only seen in used record stores. "That's what it represents. It's a throwback to classic country music when it used to be all put out on vinyl. The look is a classic country look as well. It would be a nice promotional piece to go along with that type of music."

Is the title actually the truth? Is there more where these 13 songs came from?

"I guess we'll see," Womack says with a laugh.

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