msn.com gives us an update on some of the great ladies of country music and what they are up to now.
Lee Ann Womack
“I Hope You Dance.” For avid country music listeners, has a week gone by since 2000 that you haven’t heard that Lee Ann Womack classic? After the track’s enormous success on both the country and mainstream charts, Lee Ann attempted a pop crossover, but it didn’t go so well. Soon enough, she was back singing traditional country music and by 2014, she’d released her seventh studio album, “The Way I’m Livin,” to critical acclaim.
Nearly all of Kathy Mattea’s career has been in country music: One of her first jobs was working as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame! After finally getting a chance to show off her own vocal chops, she became a mainstay on country radio in the late ’80s and ’90s (“Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” is still a classic in many people’s books). She still sings, but she’s certainly no longer a radio regular. She still tours, too, but one of her greatest passions is charity work: Kathy was and still is heavily involved in HIV/AIDS-related charities. She is consistently credited with being among the first in the country-music community to champion the cause.
Trisha Yearwood didn’t have to wait long to have a No. 1 hit: Her debut single, “She’s In Love With A Boy,” went straight to the top of the charts in 1991. The ’90s were really good to her as she released hit after hit. Musically, she peaked in that decade, but in her personal life, she’s still on a roll: Trisha has been happily married to country king Garth Brooks since 2005 and has starred in a few TV dramas to boot. And since 2012, the cookbook author has hosted “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” on the Food Network too.