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McKenna gets personal on "The Balladeer"

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lori McKenna will get person on "The Balladeer, "which will be released July 24 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, "The Balladeer" may be McKenna's most personal album to date featuring songs that reflect firsthand on her relationships with her children, husband and family.

McKenna wrote seven of the songs herself with the other three tracks written with Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, a group collectively known as the Love Junkies.

In addition to McKenna (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Cobb (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), the album also features Brian Allen (bass, cello, upright bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion) and Philip Towns (piano, wurlitzer, mellotron, harmonium) as well as background vocals from Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman along with Kristen Rogers, Lindsey and Rose.

"I'm at the age now where you can see really well where you're going because you're helping your parents, and you've lived through what your kids are doing. It's this weird emotional time where you're like a bookkeeper, writing it all down, trying to make sense of it and add it all up somehow."

McKenna released a video for "When You're My Age." Directed by Becky Fluke, the video was filmed at Nashville's RCA Studio A and features footage of McKenna recording the song as well as appearances by Cobb, Lindsey and Rose.

"When You're My Age" has also been selected as the official song for the Class of 2020 by Jostens, a leading provider of custom class jewelry, graduation products and yearbooks. The song will be featured as part of Jostens' free online "Virtual Commencement" programs this spring and summer, which have been designed to help high schools and colleges celebrate their Class of 2020 throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As a songwriter, but even more as a mom of a high school senior, I'm so honored to offer up a song for the Class of 2020. I love that Jostens is making a special salute to this year's high school and college graduates. It's an unprecedented time and these graduates deserve the best celebration possible."

"The Balladeer" is the follow up to her 2018 well-received album, "The Tree."

McKenna also has enjoyed much success as a songwriter, including "Girl Crush" for Little Big Town and "Humble and Kind" for Tim McGraw.

The track list is:
1. This Town Is A Woman (featuring Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman)
2. The Balladeer
3. Marie
4. The Dream
5. Uphill
6. Good Fight
7. Stuck In High School
8. When You're My Age (featuring Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose)
9. Two Birds
10. 'Till You're Grown

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