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Lee Ann Womack encounters problem in concert - it wasn't long enough!

Faneuil Hall, Boston, Mass., Sept. 8, 2000

By Jeffrey B. Remz

BOSTON - To say that 2000 has been a break-out year for Lee Ann Womack would be putting it mildly.

Her third album, "I Hope You Dance," clearly has been the charm after a very successful debut and a second album that kind of fell by the wayside thanks to her record company evaporating.

The album contains the career song, the title track, contains the career song, a tender ballad about living and enjoying life to the fullest.

So, it was especially gratifying for fans of the Texan to see Womack up close and personal in a short 40-minute set as part of the WKLB St. Jude's Research Hospital Fundraiser.

The cause was excellent, and so was the music.

Womack possesses a soaring, vibrant voice that puts forth the material with great ease. She doesn't merely sluff it off, however, as if it's too easy. She puts her heart and soul into it.

Womack has the benefit of having good songs on her resume - "A Little Past Little Rock" with good word play, "I'll Think of a Reason Later," "Talk to Me" (Womack told the crowd, "When this song comes on the radio, I tell my husband, 'listen to the words'") and good covers of Willie Nelson's "Crazy" and Don Williams' hit "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good." Not to mention "I Hope You Dance."

The concert has an easy going feel with Womack warmly talking with the audience and the informal setting working to her advantage.

Womack's backing quartet of John Johnson on fiddle, Steve Poole on piano, acoustic bassist Brett Beavers and acoustic guitarist Joe Manuel were up to the task as well.

The sound could have been better, but given the outdoor small tent setting, that's a small complaint.

Well actually there was one big complaint - the show wasn't long enough.

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