McKenna flies solo again
Friday, May 13, 2016
– Lori McKenna is better known as a songwriter these days, thanks to songs like "Girl Crush." But the Massachusetts native has enjoyed a long solo career, which continues with "The Bird & The Rifle, out July 29 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers.
Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), "The Bird & The Rifle" features 10 songs, including the lead track, "Wreck You," which premiered yesterday at Rolling Stone.
McKenna will embark on a nationwide headlining tour this summer and fall, her first since 2013 to support her 10th studio disc. It follows 2014's "Numbered Doors."
Recorded live over 10 days at Cobb's studio in Nashville, the album also includes McKenna's version of her own "Humble & Kind," a hit for Tim McGraw this year. McKenna wrote the song alone at home while her kids were at school, imparting her wisdom to them. "I can say it's one of my favorite songs, mostly because I had my kids in my head the whole time I was trying to write it," she said. "My kids know that it's theirs, and it's nice in that way. It worked out pretty good."
Of the recording with Cobb, McKenna said, "This record was made in a way that's very different from anything else I've ever done. It's very much me - this record and the songs. But it's like I took the 10 songs and just got in someone else's car and took a ride down the coast. I completely plugged into the world of Dave Cobb."
Cobb said he "really wanted to wanted to work with Lori because of the truth and honesty she carries with her pen. I love her wit and humor and the fact she writes her own songs purely for the sake of art."
The track list is:
1. Wreck You (Lori McKenna/Felix McTeigue)
2. The Bird & The Rifle (Lori McKenna/Caitlyn Smith/Troy Verges)
3. Giving Up On Your Hometown (Lori McKenna)
4. Halfway Home (Lori McKenna/Barry Dean)
5. Humble & Kind (Lori McKenna)
6. We Were Cool (Lori McKenna)
7. Old Men Young Women (Lori McKenna/Luke Laird/Barry Dean)
8. All These Things (Lori McKenna/Liz Rose)
9. Always Want You (Lori McKenna/Liz Rose/Hillary Lindsey)
10. If Whiskey Were A Woman (Lori McKenna)
Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Hunter Hayes and Keith Urban all have recorded McKenna songs. Her credits include "I Want Crazy," by Hayes, Little Big Town's "Your Side of the Bed" and "Sober." "Girl Crush," the megahit for Little Big Town, netted McKenna the CMA award for "Song of the Year" and her first Grammy Award for "Best Country Song."
Tour dates are:
July 22-Vienna, VA-Jammin Java
July 29-Nashville-City Winery
July 30-Atlanta-City Winery
Aug. 4-New York-City Winery
Aug. 13-Cambridge, MA-The Sinclair
Aug. 19-Brownfield, ME-Stone Mountain Arts Center
Aug. 20-Plymouth, MA-Spire Arts Center
Sept. 9-Northampton, MA-Iron Horse
Sept. 10-Ogunquit, ME-Jonathan's
Sept. 20-25-Nashville, TN-AmericanaFest 2016
Oct. 12-San Antonio, TX-Tobin Center for the Arts
Oct. 13-Austin, TX-One World Theater
Oct. 14-Houston, TX-Dosey Doe
Oct. 15-Dallas, TX-Kessler Theatre
Oct. 21-Los Angeles, CA-Hotel Cafe
More news for Lori McKenna
CD reviews for Lori McKenna
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 »»»
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 »»»
It still seems bizarre that such a great singer-songwriter like Lori McKenna, who's written songs for the likes of such country luminaries as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, among others, as well as crafting her own records, reflecting an honest and insightful look into real life, is not a household name. Yet, perhaps, the Massachusetts-based artist is just fine with that, as her latest album, ironically titled after her home state, seems to suggest.
McKenna's songwriting has always managed »»»
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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels
Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on
Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band.
Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»
Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band,... »»»
East Nashville may be known as "the" Americana hotbed these days, but some of the talent there is very much verging on rock 'n roll. This is the case with Lynn Taylor & the BarFlies on their third release, a collection of personal tunes by the front man. »»»
American Folk soundtrack
The soundtrack for the independent film, "American Folk," stars two real-life singer-songwriters played by Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth, who also contribute the bulk of the material on the soundtrack. Understanding the plot of the film helps explain both the sequence and content of the track list. »»»
Rifles and Rosary Beads
Mary Gauthier has built her career on honest, sometimes brutally and achingly self-confessional songs. This is the first time that she has focused on experiences other than her own, and it could become not only the strongest album of her career but, in its own way, a landmark album. »»»
Matt Hectorne's new album - his third solo effort - offers another example of the rewards that can come through the joy of discovery. While Hectorne makes no attempt to bend the boundaries as far as a patented Americana sound is concerned, the success he achieves here is the result of him doing quite the opposite, that is, sounding like a revered veteran who mastered the form quite quickly in his career. »»»
LANCO's "Greatest Love Story" is a radio single saturated in undeniable warmth and sweetness. But then, the attitude in "We Do" reeks of Florida Georgia Line and the chorus to "Singin' at The Stars" also brings country music's most annoying duo to mind. LANCO is a new act, and the jury's still on just which direction this five-piece will go. »»»
With their stunning new album "Ruins," First Aid Kit further ascend to unexpected heights of superstardom, a status a few knowing pundits have been predicting for the Swedish sisters since the beginning. »»»