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Lee Ann Womack

ASHLAND Music is all that would satisfy Lee Ann Womack.

“Music is something I wanted to do since I was born and I think it’s what I’m supposed to do,” the Grammy Award-winning country music artist said. “I don’t enjoy doing anything else ... I have this drive to do it. I’m not even sure why — I guess I’ll always keep doing it.”

Known for her No. 1 hit “I Hope You Dance,” Womack will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Paramount Arts Center. The tour is in connection with her latest release “The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone,” which has been called a hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues. Womack said she doesn’t care how you label it.

“Americana, country — whatever you want to call it,” she said. “What’s called country music today has moved so far from country. Americana has stepped up and picked up, but country music, we know what it is and that’s what I play.”

The mix of genres comes from her upbringing.

“I’m from East Texas and went to church a lot and, of course, lots of blues music and that mixes with country,” she said. “I wanted to do a record of what influenced me when I was growing up and who I am musically.”

She said being able to make a record of music that expresses her true self has been fun.

“I’ve been a square peg trying to fit into a round hole,”  she said. “It’s great to just do what’s inside me and not external things. It’s a really comfortable place to be at this time in my career.”

Womack’s material has evolved from country tunes resembling the work of Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette to a more pop sound as was heard on her 2000 album “I Hope You Dance” (featured in the Tyler Perry film “The Family that Preys”) to a country-Americana sound with “The Way I’m Livin’” in 2008.

Worldwide, she has sold more than 6 million albums.

Despite promoting the new album, Womack  said the show at the Paramount will include some old favorites, too.

“It will be a mixture of old and new, but I will accommodate as best I can if someone yells out something,” she said, noting she likely will surprise the audience by doing some cover songs.

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