Nowadays, country music evokes a sense of cynicism in some listeners. It's been co-opted in part by the revival of a more folk-leaning sound and diluted by the cheap pop callbacks to mom and God and country, so prevalent with the Luke Bryan set. A legend like Lee Ann Womack transcends the genre. Where most pop-country acts have seemingly turned back to the analytics in search for the lowest common denominator, Womack’s 2017 release, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, combines a mix of modern convention with a reverence for the old days of George Jones, Nudie Suits and porch swing troubadours. Cover tracks like “Long Black Veil” and “He Called me Baby” brush the dust off of folk-country classics. “Long Black Veil” showcases the characteristic subtlety with a spacious rendition of the classic tune. Womack takes things back to basics, aiming for emotional integrity and embodying the old “three cords and the truth” method of songwriting without ignoring the impact of the modern era. Accessible and complex at the same time, Womack goes further than country, pop or Americana. She takes the best from each and breathes her soul in to each track, sparking new worlds with every verse.