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Lori McKenna wins Boston Music album award

Monday, December 3, 2007 – Lori McKenna was honored by her hometown at the 20th Annual Boston Music Awards on Saturday night with the Album Of The Year award for "Unglamorous."

McKenna also performed her album track, "Witness To Your Life" during the ceremony. McKenna was nominated for four Boston Music Awards this year: Act Of The Year, Album Of The Year (Major), National Female Vocalist Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

"I am still in shock," said McKenna. "What an honor to be recognized by my fans and peers - especially in my hometown - I feel incredibly blessed."

"I could not have done this without the support of Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw who produced the record, and all the amazingly talented musicians who played on it. Faith Hill for taking me under her wing and believing in my songs, and I especially could not have done this without my husband, Gene and our kids. They inspire me everyday. Now do you guys believe I have a job," McKenna asked with a smile.

McKenna received a huge boost last year when Hill included three of McKenna's songs on her number one album "Fireflies," including the hit, "Stealing Kisses." Since the release, McKenna opened the mainstage on several dates for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's Soul 2 Soul 2007 Tour.

The Boston Music Awards is the country's longest running regional awards show. Proceeds from the event support Music Drives Us and Berklee City Music Program. Both organizations provide opportunities to young people who are interested in music but do not have access to music programs.

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The Tree CD review - The Tree
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The Bird & The Rifle CD review - The Bird & The Rifle
Lori McKenna's back story is a country song brought to vivid yet unaffected life. Married with five children, the Massachusetts native began exploring her longstanding musical gifts - she wrote her first song at 13 - by playing for family and friends, who then forced her to attend a regional coffee house open mic. After two years of regular gigging with her poignant songs of everyday life and becoming a favorite among Boston folk fans, McKenna self-released her debut, "Paper Wings and »»»
Numbered Doors CD review - Numbered Doors
Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna has forged a career built on consistently strong if sadly under-appreciated albums. However while sales have not reach platinum status, some of the bigger names in music - Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town - have not let her talent go unnoticed. Now, McKenna's latest is an interesting concept with most of the material inspired by and written in motel rooms while on tour. McKenna says the lyrics aren't necessarily autobiographical, but stem from »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With nods to Dylan, Ondara does not disappoint – It would be hard to underestimate the influence of Bob Dylan on J.S. Ondara. That would not have been predictable considering that Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. In fact, he has Guns N' Roses to thank for his Dylan obsession because once the rock music lover found out that the band was not responsible for "Knockin' on Heaven's... »»»
Concert Review: McLean shows far more than two good songs – If you believe one overheard remark, that a Don McLean concert features only two good songs ("American Pie," "Vincent"), you would have missed a show that strongly contradicts such an assumption. McLean's performance offered an enjoyable mixture of career highlights and favorite oldies and is by no means a two-hit wonder.... »»»
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