The Bird & the Rifle

The Bird & the Rifle

by Lori McKennaLori McKenna


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Fresh off a Grammy win for "Girl Crush," the country smash she co-wrote for country-pop stars Little Big Town, Boston native Lori McKenna returns to what she does best: writing high-quality, deeply personal songs for herself. Her career as a Nashville tunesmith has been on a roll with high-profile artists like Tim McGraw and Hunter Hayes scoring chart hits with McKenna-penned tracks, but her last three releases as a singer/songwriter feel most vital. For her tenth LP, 2016's The Bird & the Rifle, she enlisted Nashville maverick Dave Cobb, whose organic production leanings have translated into critically lauded successes for artists like Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. Though an overall bigger production effort than her effectively spare 2014 album, Numbered Doors, The Bird & the Rifle is a warm, natural, and gloss-free record with a lot of heart that contains some of the best writing of her career. Among its many highlights are the bittersweet title cut, the easygoing "If Whiskey Were a Woman," and her own far more subtle reading of the lovely "Humble & Kind," a hit for Tim McGraw earlier in the year. It's another extremely strong effort for McKenna, whose growing catalog is already known for its quality.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2016
Label: Cn Records
UPC: 0696859969737
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 10218

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lori McKenna   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Barry Dean   Background Vocals
Mike Webb   Piano,Mellotron
Chris Powell   Drums
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Brian Allen   Bass
Dave Cobb   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mellotron,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic)
Luke Laird   Guitar
Kristen Rogers   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry Dean   Composer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Felix McTeigue   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Caitlyn Smith   Composer
Dave Cobb   Producer
Liz Rose   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Evie Coates   Illustrations
Matt Ross-Spang   Engineer

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