We are thrilled to have Lori McKenna back for a one-night only concert on November 29. Lori is one of only five solo women to win the CMA award for "Song of the Year" and the first woman to win two years in a row. In 2017, she became the first woman in the 52 year history of the ACM Awards to win "Songwriter of the Year". In 2017 she again won Best Country Song at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for "Humble and Kind" performed by Tim McGraw (a great way to describe her by the way !) Lori is critically acclaimed for her work as a song writer, and heavy hitters like country star Faith Hill have recorded a pile of her songs. Faith is great, but no one sings Lori's songs like Lori. Lori always has some top players with her, and on this night she will be performing with special guest Mark Erelli... come see why we love her!
Lori McKenna puts a magnifying glass on unchampioned 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 depth.
McKenna had already become one of the industry’s most sought-after songwriters, and then, the last three years happened. Tim McGraw’s No. 1 “Humble and Kind,” which McKenna wrote alone, earned her the Grammy for Best Country Song. It marked the second consecutive year McKenna took home the honor: Little Big Town’s 11-week No. 1 “Girl Crush,” which McKenna co-wrote, claimed the trophy in 2016. McKenna also earned the ACM Songwriter of the Year crown in 2017, and a slew of nominations both years. “Humble and Kind” clinched a 2017 ACM Song of the Year nomination, while McKenna’s own acclaimed album, The Bird & The Rifle, garnered Grammy nods for Best Americana Album, while album track “Wreck You” received Best Americana Roots Performance and Best Americana Roots Song nods. In 2016, “Girl Crush” scored AIMP Song of the Year honors, along with nominations for Grammy Song of the Year and ACM Song of the Year, while “Humble and Kind” earned a CMA Song of the Year win. Her 2016 CMA Song of the Year honors marked another second consecutive win for McKenna, who also took home the trophy in 2015 for “Girl Crush.”
And just like that, McKenna was catapulted into already-a-legend territory. While Nashville has become an important artistic and business hub for McKenna, Stoughton, Massachusetts has remained home. Faith Hill fell in love with McKenna’s writing first, and since then, country’s biggest stars have followed suit. She penned 2x Platinum Billboard No. 1 hit “I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes and radio favorites such as Little Big Town’s “Your Side of the Bed” and “Sober,” while Reba, Alison Krauss, David Nail, Keith Urban, and others have also recorded her songs.
As an artist, McKenna has now recorded 10 albums. NPR declared The Bird & the Rifle, which was produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb, “one of 2016’s best releases,” while Rolling Stone named Numbered Doors, a stunning collection of her gritty, pensive songs, one of the “40 Best Country Albums of 2014.” Massachusetts, released the previous year, introduced McKenna to an even wider audience, hungry for something real, while 2012’s Heart Shaped Bullet Hole and 2011’s Lorraine were also breakthroughs, adding New York Times praise to her long list of fans including American Songwriter, Paste, and CMT.
Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his eponymous debut was released on Signature Sounds in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis ("People Look Around") bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For the past 18 years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying GRAMMY-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall. In addition to producing two records for McKenna, Erelli's own diverse discography includes collections of western swing, lullabies, bluegrass (with his band Barnstar!) and songs of stirring social conscience, as well as several highly-acclaimed collaborations (2009's Darwin Song Project and 2010's Seven Curses, a collection of murder ballads recorded with Jeffrey Foucault). His 10th solo album, For A Song (released in 2016), was likened to "the best of Paul Simon or Jackson Browne’s work...stories that are immediately relatable and reflective of the small moments in our lives." (No Depression) In January 2018, Mark will release Mixtape, a record of covers drawn from 13 years of his sold out "Under The Covers" shows at the legendary Club Passim.
Lori McKenna with Special Guest Mark Erelli
Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30pm