There are a lot of songwriters in the world, and it is dang near impossible to find the diamonds hidden in the sand. Lori McKenna has a pretty unconventional story. She had been a songwriter in the Boston area -- unknown and hardly noticed until well into her 30’s -- when Faith Hill recorded one of her songs. A mother of 5, and still a Massachusetts resident, she has stayed faithful to her incredible capacity to take the mundane and transcendent parts of life and weave them into moving universal narratives. This is her new record, nominated for THREE Grammy’s this year: Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Song for “Wreck You,” and Best Country Song for Tim McGraw’s cover of “Humble and Kind” from this album.
I had the great fortune of having Lori McKenna as a special guest for the VIP party at Moon River this year and we did a Bluebird Cafe -style in the round show with her, myself and Sean McConnell. The room was blown away by her, and so was I. This album is everything I love about music. Recorded live with Dave Cobb -- the lauded producer behind recent classic albums by Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton-- The Bird and the Rifle is like a good friend in your passenger, having fun but also telling you the truth about your life and their own, and that’s why the friendship works.
We are incredibly honored to present this Grammy-nominated (I bet she wins one or two of those...stay tuned) album by this tremendous songwriter!