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Lori McKenna puts a magnifying glass on un-championed lives. She doesn't just notice the quiet and ordinary, she delights in it - effortlessly transforming the average to extraordinary. The result is over a decade worth of songs filled with honest stories and melodic depth, and her latest release is no exception.
Nearly a decade since receiving her first album cut through superstar, Faith Hill, McKenna is one of the most sought after songwriters in the industry with her songs recorded by top artists including Reba, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. McKenna's songwriting credits include the 2x Platinum Billboard No. 1 hit, "I Want Crazy," by Hunter Hayes and radio favorites like Little Big Town's "Your Side of the Bed" and "Sober." She penned the 2015 massive Little Big Town hit, "Girl Crush," which reached 11 weeks on the Billboard's Hot Country Songs and netted McKenna a CMA Award, NSAI Songwriters and her first Grammy. Billboard recently spotlighted McKenna for bringing the solo songwriter back to No. 1 with her Tim McGraw hit, "Humble & Kind." The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart marking the first time in more than four years a song written by one writer topped the chart.
The Bird & The Rifle proves that the worlds of Dave Cobb and Lori McKenna were meant to overlap. The Grammy-winning producer behind albums from Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and more, Cobb has emerged as a modern master of capturing the grizzled beauty in imperfection. "This record was made in a way that's very different from anything else I've ever done," says McKenna. "It's very much me--this record and the songs. But it's like I took the 10 songs and just got in someone else's car and took a ride down the coast. I completely plugged into the world of Dave Cobb."
Recorded live, the album invites close listening, achieving an intimacy that is comfortable but precise. "This record really made me feel comfortable in my voice," she says. "I'm finally cool with its flaws. I finally understand what it can do and what it can't do, and I'm just going to love it for what it is."
- info from www.lorimckenna.com
The Bird and the Rifle
1. Wreck You
2. The Bird & The Rifle
3. Giving Up On Your Hometown
4. Halfway Home
5. Humble & Kind
6. We Were Cool
7. Old Men Young Women
8. All These Things
9. Always Want You
10. If Whiskey Were A Woman
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