Last year, platinum country star Lee Ann Womack came to Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s first convention here. She didn’t perform and just came as a fan, but Womack was so taken with the experience that she called it “the two greatest days of my adult life.”
Thus inspired, Womack will be back in Raleigh this fall for the next World of Bluegrass -- and she’ll be onstage for at least part of it. Womack will co-host the show with Dobro master Jerry Douglas Oct. 2 at Memorial Auditorium. Womack’s Raleigh appearance will coincide with the release of “The Way I’m Livin’,” a return-to-roots album coming out on Sugar Hill Records on Sept. 23 (it’s also her first album of any sort since 2008). You can take a listen to the title track here.
No word yet on when and where else Womack perform during IBMA, but it’s hard to imagine she won’t do a full show of her own at some point. As for who Womack and Douglas might be handing out awards to on Oct. 2, this year’s IBMA nominees are scheduled to be announced next month.