Wednesday, May 30, 2018
– Lori McKenna released a video
today for "People Get Old," the first single from her upcoming disc, "The Tree," out July 20 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers.
"I love people's stories about their families - the way they tic and the ways we're all crazy and love each other," says McKenna. "I hope my songs shine a little light on that for a second. Maybe our stories remind us of our families and what they give us. It's beautiful, and sometimes we take it for granted."
"The Tree" is McKenna's 11th studio album and second in collaboration with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile). Recorded by Matt Ross-Spang over seven days at Nashville's RCA Studios, the 11-song album features McKenna (vocals, acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar, mellotron), Anderson East (electric guitar), Brian Allen (bass), Chris McKenna (mellotron), Chris Powell (drums, percussion) and background vocals from Kristen Rogers, Natalie Hemby and Hillary Lindsey.
McKenna will embark on "The Way Back Home Tour" this summer. The headline tour kicks off June 29 at Annapolis' Rams Head On Stage and includes stops at City Winery venues in Boston, New York, DC, Chicago and Atlanta as well as Philadelphia's World Café Live and Nashville's CMA Theatre.
While McKenna has enjoyed her own career, she has had a lot of success as a songwriter. In 2017, she became the first songwriter to win back-to-back Best Country Song awards at the Grammys since Shania Twain in 1999-2000 with her solo-penned, number one "Humble & Kind" following 2016's win for "Girl Crush" (co-written with Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey). McKenna's current songs include Carrie Underwood's lead single, "Cry Pretty," written with Rose and Lindsey.
Tour dates are:
June 14-Sylvania, OH-Centennial Terrace (supporting Alison Krauss)
June 15-Kettering, OH-Fraze Pavilion (supporting Alison Krauss)
June 29-Annapolis, MD-Rams Head On Stage
June 30-Northampton, MA-Iron Horse Music Hall
July 1-East Greenwich, RI-Greenwich Odeum
July 18-Boston, MA-City Winery
July 20-New York, NY-City Winery
July 21-Philadelphia, PA-World Café Live
July 22-Washington, DC-City Winery
Aug. 3-Ann Arbor, MI-The Ark
Aug. 4-Chicago, IL-City Winery
Aug. 5-Minneapolis, MN-Dakota Jazz Club
Aug. 15-Atlanta, GA-City Winery
Aug. 16-Charlotte, NC-North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Aug. 17-Nashville, TN-CMA Theatre, Country Music Hall of Fame