McKenna climbs "The Tree"
Thursday, May 10, 2018
– Lori McKenna, who has been a highly successful songwriter, continues pushing her own career with her 11th album, "The Tree," dropping July 20 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers.
The first single is "People Get Old."
The new album takes one of McKenna's signature themes - family. "I love people's stories about their families - the way they tic and the ways we're all crazy and love each other. I hope my songs shine a little light on that for a second. Maybe our stories remind us of our families and what they give us. It's beautiful, and sometimes we take it for granted."
This is McKenna's second disc with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile). Recorded by Matt Ross-Spang over seven days at Nashville's RCA, the 11-song album features McKenna (vocals, acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar, mellotron), Anderson East (electric guitar), Brian Allen (bass), Chris McKenna (mellotron), Chris Powell (drums, percussion) and background vocals from Kristen Rogers, Natalie Hemby and Hillary Lindsey.
McKenna will embark on "The Way Back Home Tour" this summer. The headline tour kicks off June 29 at Annapolis' Rams Head On Stage and includes stops at City Winery venues in Boston, New York, D.C., Chicago and Atlanta as well as Philadelphia's World Café Live and Nashville's CMA Theatre among others. McKenna will also join Alison Krauss on two tour dates in Ohio this June.
The new album follows her Grammy-nominated album, "The Bird & The Rifle," from 2016.
In 2017, she became the first songwriter to win back-to-back Best Country Song awards at the Grammys since Shania Twain in 1999-2000 with her solo-penned, number one hit "Humble & Kind" following 2016's win for "Girl Crush" (co-written with Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey), a huge hit for Little Big Town. McKenna also won Song of the Year for "Humble & Kind" at The 50th Annual CMA Awards and became the first songwriter to win the award in consecutive years since Vince Gill (1991-1993) and the first female songwriter to win back-to-back nods in the history of the CMAs. McKenna made history at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards by becoming the first woman to be awarded Songwriter of the Year. McKenna's current songs include Carrie Underwood's lead single, "Cry Pretty," written with Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey.
The track list is:
1. A Mother Never Rests (Lori McKenna, Barry Dean)
2. The Fixer (Lori McKenna)
3. People Get Old (Lori McKenna)
4. Young And Angry Again (Lori McKenna, Barry Dean, Luke Laird)
5. The Tree (Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere)
6. You Won't Even Know I'm Gone (Lori McKenna)
7. Happy People (Lori McKenna, Hailey Whitters)
8. You Can't Break A Woman (Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose)
9. The Lot Behind St. Mary's (Lori McKenna)
10. The Way Back Home (Lori McKenna, Luke Laird)
11. Like Patsy Would (Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose)
Tour dates are:
June 14-Sylvania, OH-Centennial Terrace (supporting Alison Krauss)
June 15-Kettering, OH-Fraze Pavilion (supporting Alison Krauss)
June 29-Annapolis, MD-Rams Head On Stage
June 30-Northampton, MA-Iron Horse Music Hall
July 1-East Greenwich, RI-Greenwich Odeum
July 18-Boston, MA-City Winery
July 20-New York, NY-City Winery
July 21-Philadelphia, PA-World Café Live
July 22-Washington, DC-City Winery
Aug. 3-Ann Arbor, MI-The Ark
Aug. 4-Chicago, IL-City Winery
Aug. 5-Minneapolis, MN-Dakota Jazz Club
Aug. 15-Atlanta, GA-City Winery
Aug. 16-Charlotte, NC-North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Aug. 17-Nashville, TN-CMA Theatre, Country Music Hall of Fame
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