Lori McKenna came to Sam's Burger Joint in downtown San Antonio recently and I jumped at the chance to see her.
She has a unique style and sound that fits into the Americana music genre. It's kind of an earthy, even old-fashioned style that real people can identify with.
The reason her visit here was so rare is that she lives in New England, specifically in Stoughton, Mass.
Her real name is Lorraine and she was named after her mother, who died when Lori was young,. Lori has named her latest album "Lorraine" in her honor.
For more on Lori, you can visit her website.
This is a quote from one section of her bio: "She grew up in Massachusetts in a musical household. Her father was an excellent singer, and her mother played the piano. Two of her older brothers were songwriters, one of whom (Richard) she considers largely responsible for her career. He accompanied a reluctant Lori to open mic nights and gave her confidence that she was good enough. She began performing her songs in public at age 27, after she and her husband Gene already had three children. She and Gene continue to maintain a happy home in Stoughton, Massachusetts, adding two more children to their full lives. In addition to family, place has an important role in Lori’s songs."
Some of my favorite songs include "All I Ever Do," "The Most" and "You Get a Love Song."
Some lyrics from "All I Ever Do" really show how Lori embraces the mundane side of life with a husband and five kids:
I turn the lights on in the hallway / Walk down the stairs without a bit of grace / TVs on and the weather man says / It's just another sunny day / Open the curtains in the bay window / Look at the neighbors we don't get to know / All the cars are in the turning lane / And everybody waves / All I ever do is work / All I ever do is pray / But I do know that I have for you / A love that never fades / And it's OK / If it's all I ever do
She is great and very nice and performed in San Antonio with Mark Erelli, who opened up for her as a solo act.