“All the Trouble”
Lee Ann Womack
Written by Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack, and Adam Wright
Lee Ann Womack doesn’t get nearly enough credit for her fearlessness as an artist.
Because she debuted with the staunchly traditional “Never Again, Again,” her career is often framed as one of a traditional country artist who sometimes loses her way. That leads celebrated projects like There’s More Where That Came From and The Way I’m Livin’ to be seen as course corrections, rather than just one facet of her talents.
Perhaps being an independent artist will result in a more open-minded reaction to “All the Trouble,” a record that is far more blues than country. Womack keeps the twang in check as she tackles a mournful lyric from her own pen.
It’s an adventurous performance, with Womack pushing herself as a vocalist, often a little too hard. But her willingness to do so makes for a satisfying listen overall, and adds an aura of intrigue to her upcoming album, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone.