Lee Ann Womack’s two-night stint at Nashville’s City Winery in late February was postponed by an atypical Music City snow and ice storm, but thanks to Mother Nature, when the shows did go on last week fans got one extra night and some incredible special guests taking the stage with the acclaimed country vocalist.
In addition to guest appearances from Womack’s two daughters, her longtime pal, songwriter-musician Buddy Miller, and guitarist-producer Richard Bennett, who has collaborated with her on a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day on April 18th, the singer performed a pair of songs with world-renowned a cappella gospel group the Fairfield Four. In its review of the third night’s 90-minute show, the Tennessean noted that their “stunning version” of “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” had the crowd on its feet. The group also joined Womack for her iconic crossover hit, “I Hope You Dance,” which the singer hailed as the “the best version of the song you’ve ever heard.”
The Fairfield Four are famed not only for their blend of gospel harmonies but also for their unique stage outfits, which blend formal tuxes with denim overalls. The group, first formed in Nashville in 1921, recorded “Children Go Where I Send Thee” with Womack for their latest album, Still Rockin’ My Soul, which was released last month. She was also on hand when they recorded a live version of the spiritual for the new PBS special, Rock My Soul: A Gospel Celebration, at Nashville’s historic Downtown Presbyterian Church.
The PBS special is airing on various stations as part of their current pledge drive. Check local listings and www.pbs.org for more information.