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Lori McKenna In Rhode Island, Sat., 5 Feb 2011

ChanteyLass 01 Feb 11 - 11:10 PM
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Subject: Lori McKenna In RI, Sat., 2/5/11
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 01 Feb 11 - 11:10 PM

Singer/songwriter Lori McKenna will be at Stone Soup in Pawtucket, RI, at 8 PM on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Her songs have been covered by several well-known country artists. Stone Soup is the city just north of Providence and just south of the Massachusetts state line. It is very close to I-95.

Tickets are $22.00 at the door. Stone Soup does not take credit cards at the door. Tickets for $20 can be ordered through PayPal at Stone Soup's website. See blue clicky below.

Lori McKenna has just released her album, "Lorraine," her most personal album to date. Lorraine is her first name and that of her mother. In this album she considers the influence of her mother, who died at roughly the same age Lori is now, as well as her own place in relationship to her husband, family and community.

On the title track, Lori thinks back to scenes she remembers from her childhood and how they reflect on her mother's character: hard-working, uncomplaining, sacrificing and loving, despite the health challenges that would eventually take her from her family. Lori allows the small details to carry the story. If you lean in closely, you see the portrait of Lorraine taking shape. In the last verse, Lori looks at herself with the hope that she's worthy of the name she was given, and the recognition that she might just be falling short.

Lori's unusual combination of professional and personal life, at least in the context of the modern music industry, is well-documented. Family and place have important roles in Lori's songs. Buy This Town is a love letter to her hometown of Stoughton, MA, replete with images of the working class environment and the good, hard-working people that are her neighbors. In the last verse of the song, she writes of a firefighter at the high school football game because his kid is playing.

Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss, Keith Urban and LeAnn Rimes are among the many that have recorded her songs in recent years. Lori's way of articulating the love, pain and pathos of domestic life had a huge impact on Faith Hill, who recorded three of her songs on her album, "Fireflies."

Lori is a master at chronicling the small, difficult moments between romantic partners as they navigate their relationships. Though she and Gene have a strong and happy marriage, they, like all couples, have their moments when they are not connecting. Lori channels the vulnerability of those moments in songs that give voice to anyone who has felt insecure even in the most committed of relationships. In the lead track of the album, The Luxury Of Knowing, the protagonist's constancy is juxtaposed against her partner's mercurial nature; there are also moments that celebrate the love that accompanies the daily grind. You Get A Love Song is a fun romp that reminds us that often there's no gold star or plaque for just showing up every day for your loved one.

(I didn't create the above info. I copied it from a Stone Soup email!)

Here's that Stone Soup link again!

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Subject: RE: Lori McKenna In Rhode Island, Sat., 5 Feb 2011
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Feb 11 - 02:32 AM

Hmmmmm. I dunno about "Stone Soup is the city just north of Providence." Joe Offer, whose wife comes from Woonsocket.

Hope you don't mind that I changed the thread title a bit to make it more clear and to correct the date. The concert IS February 5, correct? The thread title had a date in January.

-Joe Offer, Forum Moderator-

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Subject: RE: Lori McKenna In Rhode Island, Sat., 5 Feb 2011
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 02 Feb 11 - 11:11 PM

Thanks, Joe! On I-95, Pawtucket is directly north of Providence. I think of Woonsocket as being northwest and off 295 or 146. If one drives north on Providence's Hope Street, it turns into Pawtucket's East Avenue, and Providence's North Main Street branches into Pawtucket's Main Street and Pawtucket Avenue. I love Woonsocket's Museum of Work and Culture. And if your wife is from that city, she must be a fine person! (I grew up in Pawtucket.)

While I was working on the post I realized I had the wrong date and tried to correct it. Obviously I didn't succeed. You are very observant to have noticed my error, and thank you again for fixing it. (Reminder to self: when creating a thread early in a month, make sure I get the right date.) And while I have learned to do some things on Mudcat, I still have a lot more to learn! I love Mudcat but don't want to be a nuisance.

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