Lori McKenna – The Bird And The Rifle (2016)

Posted by on July 28, 2016
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Lori McKenna is one of the most sought after songwriters in the country genre and it’s easy to see why with her descriptive lyrics and all-too-real life-like storylines. Writing credits include songs by Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, among others. The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and performer showcases why she is in such high demand on her excellent 10th solo effort, The Bird & the Rifle, which she had a hand writing and co-writing each of the 10 tracks.

The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) and even Cobb is an admirer of McKenna. “I really wanted to work with Lori because of the truth and honesty she carries with her pen, ” he says. “I love her wit and humor and the fact she writes her own songs purely for the sake of art.”

That honesty is seen on opening track “Wreck You” where McKenna laments over a relationship that has been seeing more struggle than victory as of late. “Something between us changed / I’m not sure if it’s you or me / But lately all I do seems to wreck you,” she sings.

“Sometimes we all feel like, ‘Oh, I cannot do anything right,’” McKenna says of the song. “I think your job as a songwriter is in the three and half minutes that you have, to exaggerate that feeling, take that little speck of a feeling and set it on fire.”

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