McKenna looks ahead to "1988"
A new song, "Killing Me," featuring McKenna's longtime collaborator, Hillary Lindsey, and written by McKenna, Lindsey and Luke Laird, came out on Friday.
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell) and recorded at Cobb's studio in Savannah, Ga., "1988"—named for the year McKenna married her husband, Gene—serves as a love letter to her family and lifelong friendships. Across these 10 compelling tracks, including a songwriting collaboration with her son, Chris ("Happy Children"), McKenna reflects on the experiences, lessons and relationships from her past 35 years.
McKenne said, "I was trying to let my age and experience guide me through making a record I wished I'd made when I was younger. I really wanted it to sound like if I made a rock record in the '90s, and then I remembered that I made my first album in 1998. There's something so 30 years ago in my head about this record. In a way I wish I could start again and know what I know now."
McKenna will embark on her "The Town in Your Heart Tour" this summer including headline shows at Philadelphia's World Café Live, New York's City Winery, Nashville's CMA Theater, Atlanta's City Winery, Ann Arbor's The Ark and Evanston's Space among many others.
The release follows three well-received albums: 2016's "The Bird & The Rifle," 2018's "The Tree" and 2020's "The Balladeer."
McKenna continues to enjoy tremendous success as a songwriter, having written songs for artist such as Taylor Swift and Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, George Strait, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Reba McEntire. McKenna also co-wrote "Always Remember Us This Way," which was featured in the Academy Award-winning 2018 film, "A Star Is Born."
The track list is:
Tour dates are
1. The Old Woman in Me (written by Lori McKenna)
2. Happy Children (written by Lori McKenna, Chris McKenna)
3. Killing Me feat. Hillary Lindsey (written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird)
4. Days Are Honey (written by Lori McKenna, Barry Dean, Luke Laird)
5. 1988 (written by Lori McKenna, Brian McKenna)
6. Growing Up (written by Lori McKenna)
7. Wonder Drug (written by Lori McKenna)
8. The Town in Your Heart (written by Lori McKenna, Jessie Jo Dillon, Dustin Christensen)
9. Letting People Down (written by Lori McKenna)
10. The Tunnel (written by Lori McKenna, Ben West, Stephen Wilson Jr)
July 20—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live
July 21—New York, NY—City Winery
July 23—Rockport, MA—Shalin Liu Performance Center
July 28—Brownfield, ME—Stone Mountain Arts Center
July 29—Groton, MA—Groton Hill Music Center
July 30—Woodstock, NY—Levon Helm Studio
Aug. 5—Nashville, TN—The CMA Theater
Aug. 6—Atlanta, GA—City Winery
Aug. 23—Homer, NY—Center for the Arts of Homer
Aug. 24—Cleveland, OH—Music Box Supper Club
Aug. 25—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark
Aug. 26—Evanston, IL—Space
The track list is:
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More news for Lori McKenna
- 02/24/23: Laird, McKenna, Dean combine forces
- 08/24/22: Iron & Wine has "LORI" McKenna covered
- 11/11/21: "Christmas Is Right Here" for McKenna
- 07/24/20: McKenna, Anderson offer new sounds
- 06/12/20: McKenna fights the "Good Fight"
- 05/07/20: McKenna gets personal on "The Balladeer"
- 05/21/19: McKenna celebrates "Bittertown" with music, tour
- 05/14/19: McKenna tops AMA nominations
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