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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