Even with the ice, snow and Mayoral advisory, the decision to cancel Lee Ann Womack’s two instantly sold-out City Winery shows was a hard one. Fresh from “Conan” and the Grammys where The Way I’m Livin’ was nominated for Best Country Album, the Feb. 20 performances were a homecoming for the 6-time Country Music Assocation Awards winner.
“As badly as I wanted to play, as much as I had so many friends and family coming to celebrate the music with us,” says the East Texan, “the last thing I would ever want is someone getting hurt in the inclement weather! Nashville just is not set up for snow, let alone that amount of ice...and the driving just isn’t safe.
“Thankfully the people at City Winery understand how much my fans mean to me, and they worked with us to find some dates that were available when I wasn’t on the road. And because of how quickly the tickets sold out, they even suggested we make it a three night stand.”
Details for ticket holders are being resolved, and more tickets will be made available for the shows April 6, 7 and 8. For now, though, the dates are firm – and people can start making their plans accordingly.
“I just kept watching the local news and the Weather Channel, then looking out my front door – and hoping for a break in the weather, some kind of thaw so we could play those shows...Every time I’d get my hopes up, something even worse would happen, a temperature drop, ice. So, in the end, a bad winter front can now be the start of spring.”
Womack is heading to Europe for the London/Dublin C2C Festival on March 7-8, having played Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway to warm up on Feb. 28 and March 1. She’s looking forward to taking her kind of country across the water to spread the fiery roots country that is becoming her stock in trade.
“The only thing that’s better than recording is playing for people, especially people who love this kind of music as much as I do,” Womack explains. “To have these songs from these writers is an honor, and the band I’m traveling with amaze me every single time we’re onstage. To be able to play with musicians who’re that good... it’s a privilege. And to share it with people who come to revel in the music with us, that’s a privilege, too.”
“It was crazy how fast the tickets sold out, so I’m glad for the extra date. I had to tell so many people I couldn’t get them in... That’s a horrible feeling, but literally, there was not one more person we could get into the room. Hopefully this third show will take care of everyone who wants to come. I sure hope so after all of this.”