Good Marriage

Have a listen to Lori’s new song “Good Marriage”

https://soundcloud.com/lorimckenna

 

Superstar Ronnie Dunn releases “Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes”

Ronnie Dunn releases “Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes” a song Lori wrote with Barry Dean and Luke Laird.  You can here it here and read some great reviews. http://theboot.com/ronnie-dunn-wish-i-still-smoked-cigarettes/

Massachusetts Teaser

Making Massachusetts

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The Buzz About MASSACHUSETTS Review

Massachusetts Review
By Vincent Scarpa

These three records are ones I’ve been feverishly anticipating ever since their release dates were announced. I’ve long been a fan of Patty Griffin, and though I found much to enjoy about her previous record—Downtown Church, a strong departure that explored gospel roots—I was ready for the return of the Patty Griffin that made Living With Ghosts, one of my favorite records ever made, period. I was fortunate enough to catch a very intimate performance that Patty put on in Cambridge this past fall, at the tiny, famed Club Passim. There were perhaps a hundred of us in attendance. Why didn’t I review it for The Buzz About? Because I couldn’t find the words. It was magical beyond the capabilities of language and vocabulary and adjectives. She teased a few songs from American Kid, and I’ve been waiting for it (not so) patiently since that night.

I feel a similar reverence when it comes to Lori McKenna, whom I believe to be one of the best songwriters alive today; her keen ability to capture the human condition, to chronicle so effortlessly the middle-class narrative, is unparalleled. I reviewed her last record, Lorraine, for The Buzz About, and still sing its praises two years later. It is compiled of gem after gem, a patchwork of songs that never lose their shine, no matter how many listens. I had no doubts that she’d outdo herself with Massachusetts, which made the wait nothing short of torturous.

And then there’s Kacey Musgraves. Same Trailer Different Park is her debut, but I’d become familiar with her, as many have, by way of others performing her songs. She sold “Mama’s Broken Heart” to Miranda Lambert; “Undermine” to ABC’s Nashville. They were catchy songs, but more than that, I was intrigued by her lyrics. Lacking a better phrasing, they sounded so much smarter than anything I’d heard coming out of the contemporary country market. They had grit, attitude, perspective—all without ever feeling heavy-handed or overwrought. I knew that we’d be in for something special when the time came for Kacey to put out a CD of her own.

So now you’re thinking: were they worth the wait? The answer is an across-the-board, unequivocal, vehement, enthusiastic, perfervid YES. These records exist in a wonderful niche being carved out amongst singer-songwriters—an arbitrary distinction come to think of it, as they are so wonderful so as to be universally enjoyed regardless of label—and if this is the direction we’re heading in, I couldn’t be more pleased.

Same Trailer Different Park is the strongest debut to come out of contemporary country. The tendency here is to qualify this proclamation with a “since,” and I thought to do so, but I really can’t think of one better. There’s something for everybody here—fun songs, tongue-in-cheek songs, sad songs, love songs, home songs, road songs—but the throughline from the first to last track is a cohesive sense of purpose. These songs have something to say beyond their catchy choruses. Take “Merry Go Round,” wisely released as the record’s single, which paints a picture of the stagnancy and quiet desperation of small town life. When she sings, “We’re so bored until we’re buried/and just like dust we settle in this town,” you can almost hear her nipping at Lori McKenna’s heels. Other favorites of mine include “Blowin’ Smoke,” a playful song about mealy-mouthed promises to quit, “Step Off,” a delightful middle finger to those who burden us with negativity, and “It Is What It Is,” the softest, sweetest, saddest song on the record, which finds Kacey pining, singing “I ain’t go no one sleepin’ with me/and you ain’t got nowhere you need to be.”

If Same Trailer Different Park is any indication, Massachusetts is the record Kacey Musgraves might make in a decade or two, with the perspective only years of pain and pleasure can afford a songwriter. Lori’s latest is an achievement beyond what I could have hoped for. Some of these songs have been in her live repertoire for a while—songs like “Make Every Word Hurt” and “How Romantic Is That”—but to have them all compiled on one disc is truly a treat. Because Lori has never written a bad song, not one in her life I tell you, it’s worth talking about the production going on here. Massachusetts comes on the heels of the very spare, stripped-down Lorraine, with the highly-produced (and, with some songs, perhaps too much so) Unglamorous before that. I think fans will be happy to hear what has been made of the songs here; the production gets your head moving and your toes tapping, but it never once overpowers the lyrics, which has and always will be where Lori shines. There’s a range of emotions that she’s covering throughout the record, but she never falters in proving, yet again, that there’s immense power in simplicity, in less is more, if you choose the right words. And nobody chooses the right words quite like Lori McKenna.

And so we come to American Kid, Patty Griffin’s best record in fifteen years, and her first on the New West label. At her Passim show, Patty talked a lot about her father who had recently passed, and he’s all over this record. He’s in the gorgeous sendoff “Go Wherever You Wanna Go.” He’s the titular “Irish Boy,” returning from war. He’s the pleading voice in the tender and tough “Don’t Let Me Die In Florida.” And he’s the youthful lad in “Get Ready Marie,” a song that captures the long marriage of her parents with grace and humor. “Not A Bad Man” is another standout, and does what Amanda Palmer wishes her “Poem for Dzhoar” could. It’s a compassionate, humane look at what it is to be a soldier on either side, for wars that have long lost sight of their purpose, if they ever had a purpose at the start. And then there’s “That Kind of Lonely,” which easily could’ve fit on Living With Ghosts, and finds Patty in her finest form—just her and her guitar, that gigantic voice that could fill a canyon, and lyrics like wallops to the gut.

Treat yourself to this wonderful trifecta. These are sure to be three of the best records of the year. For those with ears and hearts.

Country Universe Single Review SALT

Country Universe Single Review SALT  (grade A)
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“Hearts don’t fly, but they can run like hell when they have to.”
Lori McKenna’s greatest gift as a writer is her ability to weave brilliantly constructed metaphors together with remarkably specific and often mundane details of small town, working class life.
“Salt”, the lead single from her upcoming album Massachusetts, perfectly showcases this talent of hers.  There are so many vivid details that place the listener into the story of one particular breakup, and she slips them in so naturally that it sounds like it must be autobiography.
The best example of this comes in the second verse, where while recounting how she has nothing to show for the time given to this tortured relationship: “Six years of crying, that’s all that you gave me. Not one more thing. Not even a baby. We were close one time…”
It’s those vividly true details that ground her writing in reality, which in this particular song is a harsh reality.  But the line this review opens with is in there as well. On its own,  it would be little more than a beautiful turn of phrase, a set of words that lingers with you and you might quote in casual conversation to sound more insightful than you really are.
But when metaphors that beautiful are tied into the life stories of the most ordinary people, McKenna is able to achieve something so special and unique.  She finds the poetry and beauty hidden in the stories of people whose stories aren’t usually considered important enough to share in the first place.
There are a lot of good writers out there, many of whom are writing big hits for themselves and for others.  But I can’t shake this feeling that Lori McKenna is the best out of all of them.  Her gift is to get us to pay attention to people, places, and truths that are so easy to overlook.   I hope more people start to do the same with her music.

Pay attention, everyone.  Please pay attention.

Written by Lori McKenna
Grade: A
Listen:  Salt

Review MASSACHUSETTS

Stories in my Pocket CD REVIEW

By David Hitt

Two years ago, singer/songwriter Lori McKenna released an album titled “Lorraine.” The title — her given name and that of the mother who died when she was young — captured the personal nature of the album. McKenna here was telling stories that were intimately her own, baring emotions that were clearly heartfelt.
The choice of title for McKenna’s latest release, “Massachusetts,” might seem a little more opaque at first; the album doesn’t make direct reference to the state. But in choosing to name her sixth full-length album after her home, McKenna is making a similar statement to the one made by “Lorraine” — if the last album were personal to Lori McKenna’s life, this one is deeply personal to Lori McKenna the artist.
“Massachusetts” is the work of a singer/songwriter at the height of her powers. Appropriately enough, in “Massachusetts,” McKenna is truly at home. The album is a celebration of who she is as an artist.
A prolific songwriter, McKenna is also a prodigious collaborator. Incredibly talented on her own, she loves the shared experience of writing with others who share her passion. With “Massachusetts,” she embraces that, including contributions from favorite writing partners.
After three “Nashville albums,” McKenna comes back home with the production of “Massachusetts,” as well, which was produced by long-time collaborator and fellow Massachusettsian Mark Erelli in a barn studio.
The result strikes a middle ground between her last two full-length albums. After the polished, major-label Nashville production of “Unglamorous,” the often beautifully sparse “Lorraine” highlighted McKenna’s distinctive voice. “Massachusetts” features arrangements that are richer and fuller than “Lorraine,” but still have a rawer edge than “Unglamorous.” The music here provides a complement to McKenna’s vocals while still allowing her voice to soar above them.
And, of course, McKenna is very much at home in the songs she’s written for this album. McKenna loves creating songs that make her listeners feel something — a task for which both her voice as a writer and her singing voice are ideally suited — and her favorite way of doing that is through gut-wrenching heartbreak.
“Massachusetts” showcases just how adept McKenna has become at doing that in a variety of ways. While both the opening track, “Salt,” and “Make Every Word Hurt” draw from the demise of a broken relationship, they evoke very different emotional landscapes — the plaintive heartache of “Make Every Word Hurt” is a far cry from the rousing pride of a woman leaving a man not “worth the good advice written on a dirty bathroom stall.”
Love and loss take a different form in “Susanna,” the tale of a widower making his way through the world when “there’s nothing down here for the left behind but a bed too big and too much time.” In McKenna’s hands, there’s a beauty even in the sadness, a sweetness in the sorrow.
Home does get a nod in “Smaller and Smaller,” a wistful tribute to a community whose spirit is diluted in the inevitable march of progress but not quenched; a story being played out in towns around the country.
There is light in the darkness, sometimes peering through the cracks and sometimes on full display. On those occasions when Lori McKenna writes a love song, it tends to be every ounce as raw and genuine as her sad songs. “How Romantic Is That” — which, like “Make Every Word Hurt” has sat on a shelf for years awaiting release — is one of the best examples of that, incredibly honest and incredibly touching.  And then there’s “Better With Time,” which offers a similarly unvarnished celebration of the joys of a shared journey of years together, the comfort that comes from the sort of familiarity that just seems to belong.
And ultimately that’s not an inapt metaphor for the album; wherever you’re from, at least some part of “Massachusetts” is going to feel like home.

Boston Globe – HIGH FIVE with LM

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2013/04/11/high-five-lori-mckenna/FYfMpLSmUPOmRVHeDvWbxK/story.html

Country Standard Time * SHOW REVIEW

http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/concertreview.asp?xid=742

USA TODAY premiere’s SALT

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/04/04/lori-mckenna-song-premiere-salt/2043649/

Lori’s bio for MASSACHUSETTS

My name is Lori McKenna.  I am releasing my 6th full-length studio record in April 2013.  It is called MASSACHUSETTS. I’m a housewife and a townie.  I am a songwriter – or song chaser depending on the day.  A song can be a tricky thing – no matter how simple it is.  And most songs have a tendency to haunt me. But I believe that blessings come in disguise and that demons do too.  And that, if we work it out right, our demons can be our blessings.

The long version of the short story is that I’ve been writing songs since I was a kid.  I grew up in a loving and musical family.  I got married when I was 19.  We have a bunch of kids.  When I was 27 someone talked me into playing at a local open mic.   By then we had 3 of our 5 kids and those kids unknowingly gave me just enough confidence to try something so out of character.  The problem was – Boston has a tremendously nurturing music scene, and I fell hard in love with it – and they let me in. So I put out some records.  I played shows.  Faith Hill and Tim McGraw championed my little songs and I made some more records.  I was on Oprah with Faith.  I played the Grand Ole Opry.  I played stadiums and clubs and church basements.  And along the way I had a number of people hold me up and help me out.

The short version of the long story is that music has provided me with some of the most important and meaningful relationships in my life.  I wanted to make a record with some of those people who have been part of my musical life since it’s very beginning.  It was time to make a record in the community of musicians that gave me the opportunity to learn who I am as a songwriter.

My last three recordings were made in Nashville, Tennessee.  I love Nashville deeply and if Stoughton, Massachusetts wasn’t embedded in my soul – I would most certainly live there.  But I can’t NOT be here – in my home state – I need to walk on cobblestone every now and then and sit in traffic and look up at the Prudential Building and think of my father working for Boston Edison for 42 years.  I need to unfold a Boston Globe on Sunday morning and rejoice in the announcement of a snow day.  I live on Dunkin Donuts coffee and Town Spa pizza.  I speak the language.  And most importantly I know that some of the best musicians in the world live here.  And I have the privilege to play with them.  I call my band – my beloved band – because they have stuck by me for years.  They are great people and great players – they understand my songwriter heart and bring my songs to life the way my hands wish they could.  It was time to make this record here with this band.
Producer Mark Erelli weeded through about 70 songs before deciding on the 13 songs we tracked live in a barn in North Reading, Massachusetts – Chris Rival’s Middleville studio.

There is the darkness and there is the light:  I am drawn to sad songs.  I want to make you feel something.  I don’t necessarily want you to see it coming.  I’d like the feeling to surprise you.  I think those moments make us feel alive.  Make us feel human.  Everybody has a sad song in their lives.  We all have reasons to sit at kitchen tables under the buzz of that light above the sink.  We all have a patch of floor for pacing.  We all hold onto something we should let go of.  Everybody has a story and every story should have a song.

Salt and Shake explore those darker sides.  Salt was written around the title – some spur of the moment idea that I should write a song called “Salt” and then the hours and hours it took to actually pull it off.  It’s more angry than sad and was only tracked because bass player Paul Kochanski campaigned for its survival.  Right away it became one of my favorite tracks.  Shake came one afternoon on my mini-piano – the one I can’t really play – the chorus seemed to write itself – so I left it the way it came out.

“Time does not waste itself
A dream can not wake itself
The truth can not disgrace itself
An unwritten prayer can not save a lost soul
Arms can not embrace themselves
A heart can not break itself
And I can not shake myself from you”

 

Susanna, written with Troy Verges at 9am over coffee during a stay at a winery in California last summer, is a prayer for a widower.  Asking the long gone wife to help him through his afternoons now that she’s gone and begging “Susanna, what’s he gonna do without you?”

Sometimes the light is found in the in between spaces – In Susanna, it’s whispered to the sleeping widower.  In Shouting (written with Barry Dean) it’s the reassurance “It ain’t that cold out – no baby it ain’t that dark”.

And other times the light shines a little brighter – as in Love Can Put It Back Together (written with Mike Viola) “You don’t have to feel this way – Love can make those feelings change”.  It was written for our shared hometown of Stoughton, Massachusetts.  Specifically for the aging and currently vacant Stoughton Theatre.

How Romantic Is That is years old – a flat out celebration of math-homework, minivans and high-school love that has aged itself into old love.  We’ve played this song at every show I’ve done since it was written in 2007.  It is the story of my life really.  And when the hard times come and I’m not sure I can make the chorus sing true anymore – somehow – at least for now – it does – and that is remarkable to me.  “You still want me, You still love me, You still lay there every night beside me, Every time you walk away from me – you come running back.  How romantic is that?”

We decidedly kept the track list home spun.  Which, I admit, isn’t hard to do even with 70 songs to pick from.   Mark Erelli’s musical approach to recording Massachusetts was based around what best fit the lyrics. The core of each song was played live in the studio – anything that doesn’t sound perfect is because, well, music really isn’t ever completely perfect. To me and to Mark – the goal was emotion – not perfection.

If Massachusetts were a book and the songs were chapters, then together they would tell the story of a life.  It’s not all my life.  But some of it may be yours.  Or someone you know.  Or someone you bought coffee from, or sat next to on the bus one day.

- Lori McKenna (February 2013)

Lori’s new album MASSACHUSETTS official release APRIL 23, 2013

CD release shows start April 4th in Cambridge, MA (more info on the TOUR PAGE) Official release for iTunes and Amazon and all other outlets is APRIL 23rd.

HEART SHAPED BULLET HOLE track 4 NO HARD FEELINGS

4. NO HARD FEELINGS

I had the pleasure of writing this song with my girl Ashley Ray in my little basement writing room one day last fall.  Ashley is an amazing artist.  (One of my favs!)  She comes up to beautiful Stoughton, MA every now and then to hang out and write (eat salad, drink beer).  We worked on this title all morning one day and couldn’t find the right way to get it done.  I remember it was time for the kids to get out of school – we picked them up – went to Panera Bread to get a late lunch and it finally hit us there – how to make this song work.  I LOVE THIS SONG.  Troy Verges produced this track for us and put some extra love and brilliance in the recording of this. Now everyone go check out Ashley – you’ll love her.

No Hard Feelings  (Ashley Ray / Lori McKenna)

Usually by now – I’d be crying
Working on some way – to work it all out
You’d pack your bags – then change your mind again
We’d end up tangled up – making love on the couch

 

There’s no silver lining
There’s no where to hide
There’s no sense in trying
We’ve tried a million times
This is the end of the road
There’s no safe way back home
No sense in chasing love
Once it’s gone – it’s gone
So no hard feelings

 

Sometimes you live longer than love lives
We tear it apart – and can’t put it back together
Another thing to blame another thing to forgive
And we’re so damn stubborn we could probably live like this forever

 

There’s no silver lining
There’s no where to hide
There’s no sense in trying
We’ve tried a million times
This is the end of the road
There’s no safe way back home
No sense in chasing love
Once it’s gone – it’s gone
So no hard feelings

 

No hard feelings
No hard feelings
No hard feelings

HEART SHAPED BULLET HOLE EP track 3. SOMETIMES HE DOES

3. SOMETIMES HE DOES

When I play this song live I tell a story of chasing this song around the house all day – 6 hours – chasing and chasing – with my guitar and my computer and my scraps of paper.  Of course the house fell apart that day – because when I song chase – nothing else gets done.  There’s a punch line to that story.  It makes people laugh sometimes.  But the real deal on this song – the part I can’t say out-loud before I sing it because it will make me cry is this – I’ve been married a while – some days are awesome – some days are not.  We all have our days when we don’t meet one another’s expectations.  Most of us fall short on love every now and then.  But – but then there’s the recovery.  And as long as that comes around well, it’s all pretty lovely.

SOMETIMES HE DOES (Lori McKenna)

He’s not listening when I tell him – how my day went
He didn’t notice that I got a new dress on
He didn’t walk up behind me – just to kiss me in the kitchen
The moment he got home
He won’t tell me that I’m beautiful when I’m sitting on the bed tonight
In a t-shirt with no make up on

 

He didn’t write a love letter to me on a little scrap of paper
He found in the front seat of his car
He didn’t bring in back-yard flowers or call me darling
As we laughed at them sitting in a jar
Tonight he won’t talk about the TV lights
Dancing in my blue eyes

Just before he takes me in his arms
But I stay because – Sometimes he does

Sometimes he loves me more than I deserve to be loved
Sometimes he’s more than a heart like mine could ever dream up

He doesn’t know how to say the things –
That someone who loves you
Really should know how to say
He doesn’t take me dancing outside under a rented moonlight
Just to see the smile on my face
Tonight he won’t hold his breath
And then tell me that he’s falling
Just before I realize – there’s no words anyway
But I stay because – Sometimes he does

Sometimes he loves me more than I deserve to be loved
Sometimes he’s more than a heart like mine could ever give up

Tonight, he didn’t make me feel like –
I’m the only woman in the world
He didn’t say my name in a whisper so sweet
Tonight, he didn’t make me forget the trouble in my heart
Or teach me what the word hallelujah means
But I stay because – sometimes he really does
Yes, I stay because – sometimes he does

HEART SHAPED BULLET HOLE EP track 2. WHISKEY & CHEWING GUM

2. WHISKEY & CHEWING GUM

I wrote this song with the amazing Troy Verges.  He is one of the best writers in the world and I am flat-out honored to know him.  One of us must have said “shouldn’t it be easier to love someone?” and Troy played a killer guitar part.  Troy always has a way of getting me just on the other side of a ballad. He’s one of my all-time-favorite-guitar-players – DANG he’s good!! If you gave me the words “God knows it’s hard enough to be alone” I sure as hell wouldn’t be able to deliver a mid-tempo song – but Troy can, and he did.  Troy produced this track, as well as a few others on this EP.  One more thing… every time I listen to this song, I picture how cool the video would be.

WHISKEY & CHEWING GUM (Troy Verges/Lori McKenna)

Some love’s like whiskey it ain’t right but it gets you drunk
Numbs you for a little while – until the morning comes
When you finally figure out you can never drink enough
Some love’s like chewing gum it takes good when it’s new
But it don’t take long until it’s tired and it’s tasteless to you
Like motions you don’t feel – but you learn to close your eyes
And just go through

Shouldn’t it be easier to love someone
Instead of all of these whiskey nights and chewing gum
God knows it’s hard enough to be alone
So shouldn’t it be easier to love someone

Some love’s a cheap motel out past the city lights
With a heart shaped swimming pool and a bottle of red wine
You don’t think about the morning when you’re checking in there
For the night
Some love’s a loaded gun in a box beneath a bed
You don’t want to use it – but you keep it just because you’re scared
Maybe you’d sleep better – if it wasn’t ever – even there

Shouldn’t it be easier to love someone
Instead of all of these cheap motels and loaded guns
God knows it’s hard enough to be alone
So shouldn’t it be easier to love someone

Stay one more night – with my whiskey kisses – as hard as all this is

Shouldn’t it be easier to love someone
So shouldn’t it be easier to love someone – love someone

HEART SHAPED BULLET HOLE EP track 1. ALL IT TAKES

1. ALL IT TAKES

Andrew Dorff comes to Boston to write songs with me every couple of months or so.  I like to think he comes up here to write for two reasons (1) he loves Boston and (2) he loves me.  I tell people that Andrew has become my 6th child.  I love him.  He’s one of the best writers I know and he’s good people.  When we write we almost always start with a list of brilliant ideas that Andrew has brought me from Nashville.   In this one the love has been lost – but the memories linger in coat pockets and desk drawers.  Unexpected everyday places.  LM

 

ALL IT TAKES (Andrew Dorff / Lori McKenna)

Stack of vinyls at a yard sale
Cat chasing his own tale
A rerun of “Murder She Wrote”
Triple chocolate ice cream
Red light & a daydream
Ticket stubs left in a coat
Sometimes – that’s all it takes
A Jesus statue on a dashboard
A Ferris wheel on a boardwalk
Coffee mug stained with lipstick
A Saturday blue sky – Sunday chicken fry
Monday morning calling in sick
Sometimes – that’s all it takes
Sometimes – that’s all it takes

 

Shouldn’t memories be something you can keep in a cardboard box?
A hard to reach place in the house – It’s up to you when you want to pull them out

 

5 strings on a 6 string
Initials on a gold ring
Anything Bruce Springsteen
Magnet from Mardi Gras
Back roads of Arkansas
Tylenol & Nicotine
Sometimes – that’s all it takes
Sometimes – that’s all it takes

 

Every morning that I wake
Every heartbeat that I make
Every night I close my eyes
Sometimes – that’s all it takes
Sometimes – that’s all it takes
To remind me of you

NEW DIGITAL EP AVAILABLE 10.9.12

We are so EXCITED to announce the release of  a NEW DIGITAL ONLY EP next Tuesday 10.9.12.  It’s called “HEART SHAPED BULLET HOLE” and includes 6 BRAND-NEW and never released songs.  Look for a song by song description and lyrics in the JOURNAL page.

Boston Globe Magazine Cover

Big thanks to Scott Helman of the Boston Globe for this full feature piece and Bob Packert for the photos.

Read the whole story here 

TOUR DATES

JUST ADDED A BUNCH OF SHOWS TO THE TOUR PAGE… CHECK IT OUT!

Lori wins her 5th BOSTON MUSIC AWARD

We are happy to announce that Lori won her 5th Boston Music Award last night for FOLK ARTIST OF THE YEAR.  The awards were held at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.  Thanks to everyone who voted and to the BMAs.  http://www.boston.com/ae/music/gallery/bmawinners11?pg=14

Daily News Transcript – Lori McKenna Comes to TCAN

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Lori Mention in Taste of Country Article About Taylor Swift

This blog post talks about the October 10, 2011 issue of the New Yorker magazine which has a feature on Taylor Swift. In the New Yorker article there is a reference to Lori McKenna.

Taste of Country Article About Taylor Swift

Good Day L.A. Interview and Performance

Singer/Songwriter Lori McKenna on GDLA: MyFoxLA.com

Here’s the Thing About…

Here’s the thing about NEW songs:

I added a new song to the VIDEO page and the youtube channel today.  This is new for me because in the past the new songs have always been introduced on stage – at a show.  I’ve always considered this part of the writing process.  The first weeks a new song is alive – it’s still developing.  Sometimes songs wait patiently and finish developing in the studio – we make a demo or a pre-production track of the song.  But mostly they sit in my basement writing room or my kitchen until I can sing them in front of an audience to really finish being written.  Sometimes songs come out too early and I have to pick at them a tiny bit until they feel right.  Sometimes they come out too late – and I have to weed through them and edit pieces.  But the biggest part of introducing a new song to an audience for me is waiting for the reaction.  Did I get one? What do I think – you think?
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Thoughts on Summer

Summer summer, oh how I love you.  It feels like summer has JUST now started in my house.  Now that school is FINALLY over and we can just swim and hang out in the back yard.  That’s more like it. My kids will swim all day if I let them – and I usually do.
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New Tour Dates Announced

LOTS of NEW SHOWS ADDED to the TOUR PAGE.  Including a mini-tour with MARY GAUTHIER in September and our annual COVER SHOWS with Mark Erelli, Jake Armerding and Zach Hickman coming in December.

Brite Revolution Interview

Brite Revolution Interview

American Songwriter and CMT Present THE COUNTRY WAY Sampler

American Songwriter & CMT present THE COUNTRY WAY sampler

Courant.com Review

Courant.com Review

Stoughton Patch Review

Stoughton Patch Review

Lorraine Receives 5 STAR Review in Maverick Magazine

“Lorraine” receives 5 STAR review in Maverick Magazine

Country Standard Time Review

Country Standard Time Review

No Depression Review

No Depression Review

Article on Lorraine Producer Barry Dean

“Lorraine” Producer Barry Dean

PERFORMING SONGWRITER CD Giveaway

PERFORMING SONGWRITER CD Giveaway

Boston Herald CD Review

Boston Herald CD Review

THANK YOU!

I just want to say THANK YOU.
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New York Times Review

Read the New York Times Review of LORRAINE

Lori to tour with SEAN McCONNELL

Check out the TOUR page for 3 new shows.
March 18th in Nashville, March 19th in Atlanta and March 20th in Asheville – all split bills with one of our favorite’s Mr. Sean McConnell. Sean sings background vocals on Lori’s THE MOST which has been the MOST downloaded song on the newly released LORRAINE.

ROUGHSTOCK Lorraine Review

ROUGHSTOCK Lorraine Review

That Nashville Sound Lorraine Review

That Nashville Sound Lorraine Review

John Sands Huggy Bear Benefit

John Sands Huggy Bear Benefit

Modern Acoustic Reviews Lorraine

Modern Acoustic Reviews “Lorraine”

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SNOW DAY

Snow Day! Oh, how I love a good snow day. Totally brings me back to being a kid and watching the list of cancelled schools coming up on the TV screen. Now, of course, the kids get that instant gratification of checking on line. But there really was something to those moments of anticipation waiting FOREVER for the “S” towns to come up. But today is pajama day. My kids are totally entertained by the empty COLLINGS guitar box that I left for them in the living room. That card-board box has become everything from an evil villain to a store front-counter. I wonder what it will become today. Another reason my new Collings O1 is so perfect… it comes with a built in playground for your kids – so you can actually PLAY your new guitar. Beautiful!
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Stoughton Patch Article

Recording Artist Lori McKenna At Home In Stoughton: McKenna honors her hometown in her latest CD “Lorraine.”

http://www.stoughton.patch.com/articles/lori-mckenna-at-home-in-stoughton

Timeout Boston Article

Lori McKenna: Juggling five kids and a killer singer-songwriter career…

http://timeoutboston.com/music-nightlife/40881/interview-lori-mckenna

Year-end Update from Lori

Well, we are in the thick of it.  Two shows down and four to go at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. I’ve done this run of shows for years now.  Always mid-December … uncomfortably close to Christmas, temperatures falling, snow in the forecast, school concerts, teachers’ gifts to buy, bread to bake, lights to untangle… it makes perfect sense to do a 6 show run at Boston’s legendary Club Passim.  In the past we battled blizzards (literally) and freezing cold, but we always find a piece of magic in that room and especially on these nights in December.  It’s become part of my Holiday tradition.
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Happy December

Happy December everyone! I can’t believe it’s December already. No really…I can not believe how fast this year has flown by. We spent a couple of beautiful and wintry days in Washington, DC this past weekend. I was lucky enough to play the Library of Congress as part of the CMA songwriters series in a round with Bob DiPiero, Brett James and Little Big Town. Because of the setting, (DC, Library of Congress and all that) I brought my husband along as guitar tech and roadie (he’s a closet historian). I knew we’d have some time to visit the sites and explore around town a bit. We stayed at the way-hip W hotel – they treated us so well. It was all like a mini-vacation with an amazing musical moment on top. I love playing writers rounds. LOVE IT. It’s so inspiring to me. And it was such an honor to share the stage with all those amazing folks.
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