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VIDEOS: Stoughton native Lori McKenna’s new CD contrasts dark and light

2013 April 5
by Steve Ide
Lori McKenna ~ Photo copyright 2013 Stephen Ide

Lori McKenna, a Stoughton mom and admitted “townie,” has done well for herself in music circles. While her town life is steeped in Dunkin Donuts and visiting Town Spa Pizza, her music has been fostered by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, among others. Her 6th studio CD, “Massachusetts,” produced by Boston singer-songwriter Mark Erelli, continues her themes of relationships, some dark, some light.

Lori McKenna performs the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield on March 16, 2013. Photo by Stephen Ide

Lori McKenna performs the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield on March 16, 2013. Photo by Stephen Ide

McKenna performs the second of her pre-release shows tonight, pending the April 23rd release of the CD. The Club Passim shows, at 7 and 9:30 tonight, will feature some key tracks from the new CD.

As McKenna said in her press material: “I am drawn to sad songs.  I want to make you feel something.  I don’t necessarily want you to see it coming.  I’d like the feeling to surprise you.  I think those moments make us feel alive.  Make us feel human.”

Songs like “Shake” explores consequences and connections between people.

Other songs, like “Make Every Word Hurt,” written with Erelli, seeks definitive word on a broken relationship in its chorus:

Do whatever you do, for whatever it’s worth

If you’re gonna tear my world apart then I prefer

Don’t leave me confused, don’t let the lines blur

If you’re gonna tell me you don’t love me anymore

Make every word hurt.

Other songs, like “Love Can Put It Back Together” and “How Romantic Is That” are decidedly more positive, though. In the latter, McKenna celebrates the blossoming of old love.

Here are some more videos from McKenna’s recent performance in Mansfield:

 

 

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