Something Worth Leaving Behind

Something Worth Leaving Behind

by Lee Ann Womack



With her blockbuster 2000 album, I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack found her way into millions of hearts. But don't expect a retread on her worthy follow-up -- recorded in Hollywood and Nashville, Something Worth Leaving Behind is the kind of record her success deserves, as it nestles Womack's vocals in lush pop backgrounds. Her subject matter, however, remains familiar. The album's dozen songs are thematically connected by the topic of love -- love as a transfiguring force, love pursued, love denied, love celebrated, labors of love. The title song, which is reprised at the end of the album, states bluntly that being able to love defines a successful life. In the lovely ballad "Forever Everyday" -- the album's most country moment, with delicately picked acoustic guitars, keening pedal steel lines, and discreet fiddle interludes -- Womack recalls the unabridged imagination and unconditional love of childhood, and bemoans its absence in adults. Julie Miller's vaguely medieval "Orphan Train" tells of a place where God awaits with love for all, no matter their status on this mortal coil. On a gorgeous countrypolitan blues number, "He'll Be Back," Womack sings dreamily, and longingly, of a heartbreaker who's bound to return to her "if he's anything like his memory." It would've been a great number for Patsy Cline, and indeed, is co-written by Hank Cochran, who collaborated with Harlan Howard on Cline's immortal "I Fall to Pieces." On a seductive blue-eyed soul number, Womack, à la Shelby Lynne, offers up a sultry come-on to an old flame who needs to come back to the one who loves him. Country fans might wish the same of Womack, but on Something Worth Leaving Behind, Womack uses her country roots as a point of departure, and her journey makes for an impressive display of pop craftsmanship.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2002
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817028729
catalogNumber: 170287

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Ann Womack   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Fiddle
Matt Rollings   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Robert Mason   Strings
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Brad Dutz   Percussion
Julie Miller   Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals
David Angell   Strings
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Jeff Coffin   Horn
Jim Cox   Keyboards
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
John Gilutin   Keyboards
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Connie Heard   Strings
Jim Horn   Horn
Marcus Hummon   Background Vocals
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals
Jay Joyce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Lee Larrison   Strings
Chuck Leavell   Piano
Greg Leisz   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Colin Linden   Acoustic Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Bruce Robison   Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar,tiple
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Denis Solee   Horn
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Christian Teal   Strings
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Spencer Campbell   Bass
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Bobby Huff   Background Vocals
Matt Serletic   electronics
Fleming McWilliams   Background Vocals
Monisa Angell   Strings
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Bryan Sutton   Banjo,Mandolin
Keith Sewell   Background Vocals
Cate Myer   Strings
Janet Askey   Strings
Elisabeth K. Small   Strings
Lynn Peithman   Strings
Jeffrey Roach   Piano,Keyboards
Dan Colehour   Background Vocals
Heitor Pereira   Guitar

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Greg Droman   Engineer
Noel Golden   Engineer
Kenny Greenberg   Arranger
Jay Joyce   Arranger,Programming
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Mark Wright   Producer
Craig Poole   Guitar Techician
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
John Painter   Arranger
Lee Ann Womack   Producer,Author
Matt Serletic   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Mike McCarthy   Producer,Engineer
Karinne Caulkins   Art Direction
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Contributor
Karen Winkelmann   Contributor
Frank Liddell   Producer
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer
Felix Wang   Contributor

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