Next Stage hosts Lori McKenna

Thursday January 17, 2013

PUTNEY -- Twilight Music presents contemporary folk singer/songwriter Lori McKenna plus Burlington, VT-based acoustic duo Kat Wright and Brett Hughes at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

McKenna paints stories of the human condition, and wraps them in a warm, gritty and sweet voice. She is a master at chronicling the love, pain and pathos of domestic life.

Already a staple of the Boston folk music scene, McKenna was catapulted to the national stage in 2005 when country music superstar Faith Hill recorded three of her songs on Hill’s "Fireflies" album and began introducing other artists to McKenna’s music. Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss, Keith Urban and LeAnn Rimes are among those who have recorded McKenna’s songs in recent years.

The increased acclaim for McKenna’s song craft led to a record deal with Warner Brothers, which released her album "Unglamorous" in 2007. Working with Tim McGraw (who co-produced the album), an appearance on Oprah and an opening slot on McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul tour followed. In her sixth album "Lorraine," McKenna considers the influence of her mother, who died when Lori was 7, as well as her own place in relationship to her husband, family and community.

Tickets are $20 general, $18 for students and seniors. For reservations and information, call 802-254-9276. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar. For more information, visit and


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