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McKenna fights the "Good Fight"

Friday, June 12, 2020 – Lori McKenna's new song, "Good Fight," is debuting today.

The song appears on her upcoming CD, "The Balladeer," out July 24 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers.

"'Good Fight' is an ode to those hiccups every relationship has to endure. But if you're both willing to fight it out there must be something in there worth fighting for," McKenna said.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson) and recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, "The Balladeer" features songs that reflect firsthand on her relationships with her children, husband and family. Following this theme, McKenna wrote the majority of the album alone except for three tracks written with Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, a group collectively known as the Love Junkies.

McKenna said, "I'm at the age now where you can see really well where you're going, because you're helping your parents and you've lived through what your kids are doing. It's this weird emotional time where you're like a bookkeeper, writing it all down, trying to make sense of it and add it all up somehow."

McKenna also released "When You're My Age" last month. The track was also selected as the official song for the Class of 2020 by Jostens, a provider of custom class jewelry, graduation products and yearbooks. The song will be featured as part of Jostens' free online "Virtual Commencement" programs this summer, which have been designed to help high schools and colleges celebrate their Class of 2020 throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Balladeer" features Brian Allen (bass, cello, upright bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion) and Philip Towns (piano, Wurlitzer, mellotron, harmonium) as well as background vocals from Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman along with Kristen Rogers, Lindsey and Rose.

The track list is:
1. This Town Is A Woman (ft. Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman)
2. The Balladeer
3. Marie
4. The Dream
5. Uphill
6. Good Fight
7. Stuck In High School
8. When You're My Age (ft. Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose)
9. Two Birds
10. 'Till You're Grown

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The Bird & The Rifle CD review - The Bird & The Rifle
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