Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle

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Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle

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January 2017

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We are excited to feature the latest record by Grammy / CMA award winning songwriter Lori McKenna, "The Bird & The Rifle" in a transparent blue wax EXCLUSIVELY through Magnolia Record Club as our January 2017 record of the month.

The next time somebody asks what makes Lori McKenna's 10th album one of 2016's best releases — and people should, because it is — the answer involves a root-beer popsicle. McKenna uses that homely metaphor a few verses into "Humble & Kind," a litany in 3/4 time that Tim McGraw recently took to the top of the country charts. McKenna wrote the song for her kids; she has five, and the youngest is almost in high school, so some life advice seemed in order. Amid more predictable (though sound) suggestions, McKenna offers an instruction to eat that frozen treat on days that just get too hot, and it's perfect. Not only is it exactly what a mom would say, trapped in the car with her whiners and a bunch of grocery bags, but it's also both widely resonant and specific to a certain time and place. Root-beer popsicles aren't that common anymore; the image recalls a simpler time, and also reminds listeners that time has passed, taking with it a certain lucky innocence that, like the confection itself, might prove as insubstantial as melting sugar water. READ MORE

- NPR Music