The title track of Lori McKenna’s highly anticipated new album, The Balladeer, is out now.
The Balladeer will be released next Friday, July 24 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers. In celebration of the new album, McKenna will perform a special acoustic livestream concert the same day at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT from her hometown venue, Club Passim, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Available to stream via the venue’s Facebook and YouTube pages, the event will feature McKenna performing songs from the album and also serve as a fundraiser for Club Passim. All donations made during the performance will benefit the venue, which has temporarily moved online and is streaming shows nightly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Balladeer is McKenna’s most personal album to date featuring ten new songs that reflect firsthand on her relationships with her children, husband and family. Following this theme, McKenna wrote the majority of the album alone except for three tracks written with Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose—a group collectively known as the Love Junkies.
Reflecting on the album, McKenna shares, “I’m at the age now where you can see really well where you’re going, because you’re helping your parents and you’ve lived through what your kids are doing. It’s this weird emotional time where you’re like a bookkeeper, writing it all down, trying to make sense of it and add it all up somehow.”
Listen to “The Balladeer” below: