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"Some country songs sound like they have simply always existed," Rick Clark wrote of Hayes Carll's "Chances Are" in the liner notes of our Texas Music Issue CD. Lee Ann Womack's version of the song, from last year's The Way I'm Livin' (her first release in six years), is track 18 on the disc. As Clark explains, "Womack, one of country music's finest singers, inhabits the fathomless heart of Carll's words." The recording was cut live at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville in 2013, and today we are excited to premiere the video from that day, courtesy of our friends at Sugar Hill Records.

"When Ms. Womack is allowed to luxuriate in her anguish, she is entrancing," Jon Caramanica wrote in the New York Times last year. He pointed to "Chances Are," "a gleaming song about desperation," as a "high point" of The Way I'm Livin'.  This video of the recording—a group of seasoned Nashville pros behind one of the most powerful female vocalists working today—demonstates why.


"Chances Are" by Lee Ann Womack
Directed by: Bill Filipiak

Written by: Hayes Carll
Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Credited musicians: Lee Ann Womack (lead vocals) with Matt Chamberlain (drums); Paul Franklin (steel); Duke Levine (electric guitar);
Mac McAnally (acoustic guitar); Charlie Pate (background vocals); Gleen Worf (bass)
Special Thanks: Ashley Moyer and Sugar Hill Records

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