Four years back, Lori McKenna had a brief flirtation with the major-label side of the music business. After writing folky, well-crafted, heart-rending tunes for almost a decade, she became a Nashville sensation thanks to her pal Mary Gauthier. Gauthier, a fellow Boston-based songwriter, moved to Music City and played McKenna's songs for her publisher.
A fixture on the Boston-area coffeehouse circuit for years, Lori McKenna rose to national prominence when Faith Hill recorded a few of her songs for her album Fireflies, and what’s refreshing about McKenna’s latest album, Lorraine, is that her elevated profile and upward career trajectory haven’t diminished the power of her plainspoken narratives of life as a suburban housewife. McKenna writes what she knows, and on Lorraine, she’s written it even better than ever before. Barry Dean’s unfussy production fits well with McKenna’s straightforward songwriting and performances.