Oh, how we love to hear Lee Ann Womack sing country music.
In this clip, part of the CMA Award’s Forever Country Cover Series, Womack covers Vern Gosdin’s 1989 hit, “Chiseled in Stone.” Gosdin won the CMA Award for Song of the Year back in ’89.
Co-written by Max D. Barnes, “Chiseled in Stone” has a theme that’s as country as they come. After a fight with his significant other, a man runs to a bar where to drowns his sorrows. A world-weathered old man sits beside him and cautions him to make things right before it’s too late. The old man, of course, has seen it all. “You don’t know about lonely/Til it’s chiseled in stone.”
Womack’s version of this country classic gorgeous, and it makes us pine for more country music like this.
Two other memorable hits from Gosdin’s Chiseled in Stone album include “This Ain’t My First Rodeo” and “Set ‘Em Joe,” Gosdin’s tribute to country music legend Ernest Tubb. Contemporary artist Jamey Johnson recorded a great version of the latter for his 2010 album, The Guitar Song.
The CMA’s Forever Country Cover Series is a lead up to the 2016 CMA Awards, which air Nov. 2. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the show, so there’s a lot of nostalgia in play. All the tributes, as well as the “Forever Country” medley and video that premiered earlier this month, are a few of the ongoing signs that mainstream country is starting to return to its roots.