"Memphis did so much for me, so it's always like going back home when we have a show there," says Womack. "And Im glad this one is in the spring. The last time I was there, it was snowing, it was cooold, and people were standing around the corner waiting in line to see me.
The show this weekend features a rejuvenated setup following the death of Womack's longtime sound engineer, Rudy Taylor, who had several hits with the Gap Band, including "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" and "Party Train."
We were doing a show with Al Green the night he passed," Womack says. "I came off the road and have been off for a long time since he passed. It didnt feel right without Rudy. I think this is the second time out since then. He wouldnt have wanted us to stop.
Womacks career actually springboarded in Memphis with the recording of his signature remake of "Fly Me To The Moon." Without prompting, he recalls, Willie Mitchell played trumpet and his brother James played sax and we recorded it at Chips Momans American Studios.
Age has mellowed Womack. I dont drink and I dont smoke anymore, and havent for seven years now. I used to hang all night with the chicks to the next day. All Im about now is going to the stage.