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Lori McKenna


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Lori McKenna (née Lorraine Giroux, born December 22, 1968) is an American folk singer/songwriter. Her album releases to date include Paper Wings and Halo (2000), Pieces of Me (2001), The Kitchen Tapes (2004), Bittertown (2004), Unglamorous (2007), Lorraine (2011), and Massachusetts (2013).

Lori McKenna’s first name is actually Lorraine. She is named after the mother she lost when she was only seven, but whose impact on Lori’s life reverberates to this day. In her sixth album, Lorraine, 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. It is her most personal album to date.

On the title track, Lori thinks back to scenes she remembers from her childhood (or thinks she does: “Well I don’t know if this part is true/How memories lie the way they do”) 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. She remembers her mother smiling and dancing to a Judy Garland Carnegie Hall concert recording: “She said her cousin had a balcony seat.” If you lean in closely, you see the portrait of Lorraine taking shape.


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  • travelin_man

    i love you. <3

    1 Mar 2:58pm Reply
  • Caitlinshaye

    One of my favorites. Brilliant writer. Too underrated.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BreakfastPills


    31 May 2013 Reply
  • veggiemama1

    First time hearing this amazing singer. A lot like Patty Griffin, another favorite of mine. Her songs are amazing. I love her!

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • stanringo


    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • megawhoosits

    I LOVE her music...though, admittedly, every time I say her name, my friends think I'm talking about Loreena McKennit, who's equally as awesome, but with a completely different musical style! :P

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Vulgaira

    cool vioce!

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • marybeth-damico

    Why isn't her new album, Lorraine, listed on here?

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • marybeth-damico

    Lori revamped her web site now that she is under a new label, Hoodie. You can hear three tracks from her upcoming album at

    6 Aug 2010 Reply
  • sebucha

    Lori, great albums! :)

    30 May 2010 Reply
  • macychick

    Love Lori McKenna? Check out Rachael Sage

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • marybeth-damico

    I wonder what Lori is up to now that she is no longer on the Warner label.

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • JohnnyVagrant

    'Pour' makes me cry like a little girl

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • mamafanfan

    yes it certainly is Sanjerra.

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Sanjerra

    Why not vote for this picture? It's so much prettier!

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • RCori

    I love Bittertown!

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • wicked-digital

    The best 'discovery' of the last ten years. I have to thank for exposing her music to me long before the Faith Hill releases of here tunes. Lori has a way of making an ordinary life sound like something you want to be a part of, with her amazingly simple lyrics about an average life. She is without a doubt, my favourite artist of the last ten years. STUNNING!

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • marybeth-damico

    I think her best song is "If You Ask" off Bittertown. Bittertown is her best!

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • PopplagiWest

    The Kitchen Tapes is an amazing acoustic album. Just love it.

    10 Aug 2008 Reply
  • sebucha

    lovin' 'your next lover'

    23 Jun 2008 Reply
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