McKenna, Anderson offer new sounds
Friday, July 24, 2020
– Lori McKenna has had a great run as a songwriter with songs like "Humble and Kind" and "Girl Crush." But the Stoughton, Mass. resident is back pushing her own recording career with "The Balladeer," out today. McKenna received help from Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild on the opening "This Town Is a Woman." McKenna also receives help from fellow songwriters Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey - the three of them comprise Love Junkies - on "When You're My Age."
Whisperin' Bill Anderson looks back with "The Hits Re-Imagined," his 73rd release. The disc is a combination of instrumentals and songs with vocals, including "Bright Lights and Country Music"and "Whiskey Lullaby." Anderson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame induction while also being a member for 59 years of the Grand Ole Opry. He also has scored 37 of top 10 hits and seven number one singles.
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Lori McKenna records should come with a warning label - this product may cause uncontrollable weeping. Every generation has their best songwriters, and this unassuming mom from Massachusetts happens to be one of them. It's the kind of talent that wins Best Country Song Grammys in streaks. She took the trophy home in 2016 for co-penning "Girl Crush". Then in 2017, she won again for "Humble and Kind" (which she wrote herself). Some of the other years, she was at least nominated. ...
It's difficult to know where to start when praising Lori McKenna's "The Tree." It's so good in so many ways. Artists like Little Big Town and Tim McGraw have benefited greatly from recording McKenna songs, yet it's unlikely many mainstream country music fans recognize her name. Fans of Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, two women that consistently and effectively write straight from the heart, would love McKenna's songs -- if only given the chance. ...
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 ...