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McKenna celebrates "Bittertown" with music, tour

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – Lori McKenna will release new acoustic versions of two songs from her "Bittertown" album, "Bible Song" and "Stealing Kisses," on July 24 on CN Records in honor of the album's 15th-year anniversary.

The re-recorded songs were produced by Luke Laird and recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville.

The songs also will appear on limited edition 7" vinyl along with speciality merch which will be available for purchase at six performances of the album this summer. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 23 at 10 a.m. local time.

"Bittertown was my 4th record. It came out in 2004, three days before my fifth and youngest child was born, and it changed my life. Faith Hill recorded three of the songs on that record, and that was my introduction to Nashville and how I found my second home. Boston to 'Bittertown' to Nashville you could say. It was a blessing and remains a huge part of my life even now."

Tour dates are:
July 24 - Washington, DC - City Winery
July 25 - New York, NY - SubCulture
July 26 - East Greenwich, RI - Greenwich Odeum
Aug. 2 - Turner Falls, MA - Shea Theater Arts Center
Aug. 3 - Lexington, MA - Cary Hall
Aug. 4 - Portland, ME - Portland City Music Hall

General on sale Thursday, May 23 at 10 a.m. eastern

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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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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