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“Something between us changed, I’m not sure if it’s you or me, but lately all I do seems to wreck you,” sings Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer Lori McKenna in her new song “Wreck You” from The Bird & The Rifle, her new full-length album set for release on July 29th on CN Records via Thirty Tigers.
Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), The Bird & The Rifle features ten original songs; recorded live over ten days at Cobb’s studio in Nashville, the album also includes McKenna’s version of her own “Humble & Kind,” which Tim McGraw recorded and took to country radio this past January. McKenna wrote the song alone at home while her kids were at school—a loving attempt to impart wisdom, layered over three chords. “I can say it’s one of my favorite songs, mostly because I had my kids in my head the whole time I was trying to write it,” she says. “My kids know that it’s theirs, and it’s nice in that way. It worked out pretty good.”
Of the recording process with Cobb, McKenna adds, “This record was made in a way that’s very different from anything else I’ve ever done. It’s very much me––this record and the songs. But it’s like I took the ten songs and just got in someone else’s car and took a ride down the coast. I completely plugged into the world of Dave Cobb.”
Additionally, Cobb remarks, “I really wanted to wanted to work with Lori because of the truth and honesty she carries with her pen. I love her wit and humor and the fact she writes her own songs purely for the sake of art.”
Listen to the heartstring-tugging “Wreck You”: