Artists don’t really make albums like Lee Ann Womack’s The Lonely, The Lonesome, and the Gone anymore. Albums that seem to exist separate and apart from any external pressures. Albums that possess both a profound sense of history and a clear-eyed vision for the future. Albums that transcend genres while embracing their roots. Albums that evoke a sense of place and of personality so vivid they make listeners feel more like participants in the songs than simply admirers of them. The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone is her most personal album to date, marking the culmination of a journey that began with her 2005 CMA Album of the Year, There’s More Where That Came From, toward an authentic American music that celebrates her roots and adds to the canon.