As one of the songwriters of Carrie Underwood's current single "Cry Pretty" and Grammy winning hits for Tim McGraw and Little Big Town, Lori McKenna is a creative force behind some of your favorite country superstars. She's also a solo artist, with 2016's The Bird and The Rifle delivering enough raw emotion and authenticity to net her equal standing among Americana's elite. On July 21, her solo statement broadens with her 11th album, The Tree (CN Records via Thirty Tigers).
The first single off The Tree, titled "People Get Old," lengthens country music's playlist of memorable songs about family. As time passes and circumstances change, we always have our loved ones--even if they get on your nerves sometimes. On the high and lonesome scale, it's somewhere in between a way less happy "Family is Family" by Kacey Musgraves and a moderately less depressing "Time Marches On" by Tracy Lawrence.
Like The Bird and The Rifle before it, The Tree was produced by none other than Dave Cobb at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A.
The Tree Track Listing
1. "A Mother Never Rests" (McKenna, Barry Dean)
2. "The Fixer" (McKenna)
3. "People Get Old" (McKenna)
4. "Young and Angry Again" (McKenna, Barry Dean, Luke Laird)
5. "The Tree" (McKenna, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere)
6. "You Won't Even Know I'm Gone" (McKenna)
7. "Happy People" (McKenna, Hailey Whitters)
8. "You Can't Break a Woman" (McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose)
9. "The Lot Behind St. Mary's" (McKenna)
10. The Way Back Home" (McKenna, Luke Laird)
11. "Like Patsy Would" (McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose)
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