February 22, 2018 / 2:01 PM

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Lee Ann Womack Tapped For Thanksgiving NFL National Anthem

 

Make room for Lee Ann Womack in your Thanksgiving Day celebration. The revered country star will be singing the national anthem prior to the contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas (4:30 p.m. ET, FOX).

"Growing up, Thanksgiving and football were always part of the tradition," Womack told The Boot. "When you think of those things that are such a part of Thanksgiving in Texas, but really everywhere, watching that Cowboys game with your family is a big part of the day!"

Womack will be joined by steel guitarist Paul Franklin, who was a 2014 CMA Musician of the Year nominee.

"Paul brings so much heart to the songs he plays on," Womack said. "When I was asked, I didn't just want to go and sing, I wanted to really invest this performance of our National Anthem with something that makes us all reconsider what the song is expressing. If you've ever heard ... or really listened to Paul's musicianship and the emotions he brings out ... I think having him play opens up so many aspects of what Francis Scott Key was celebrating when he wrote that."

Womack dropped her first studio album in seven years, The Way I'm Livin', in September.

"When I look at this year, I feel blessed that I was able to make so much music with so many amazing people, to express the songs in my heart and to explore places I might not have otherwise," the 48-year-old said. "My family is healthy ... and we will get to be together during the holidays, so singing the anthem before the Cowboys game really is the cherry on top."

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