LoriMcKennaTheBirdTheRifleAlbumArtworkblastLori McKenna is nominated as both a songwriter and artist at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Her four nominations include “Best Country Song” for her solo-penned, No. 1 hit “Humble and Kind” (Tim McGraw), “Best Americana Album” for her acclaimed new album The Bird & The Rifle and “Best American Roots Song” and “Best American Roots Performance” for “Wreck You” from The Bird & The Rifle. The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS from L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday, February 12 at 8/7c.

The latest honors follow a series of breakthrough years for McKenna, who recently won “Song of the Year” at The 50th Annual CMA Awards for “Humble and Kind” (McGraw). McKenna is the first female songwriter to win back-to-back “Song of the Year” nods following last year’s breakthrough “Girl Crush” (co-written with Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey), which was also awarded “Best Country Song” at the 2016 Grammy Awards. This is the first time a songwriter has won the CMA award in consecutive years since Vince Gill won from 1991-1993. McKenna is also the first solo songwriter to win CMA’s “Song of the Year” award since 2011.

The Bird & The Rifle
is out now on CN Records via Thirty Tigers (purchase here). Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album was recorded live over ten days in Nashville and has received overwhelming critical praise. NPR Music calls it “one of 2016’s best releases,” while Pitchfork asserts, “one of the most accomplished and devastating singer-songwriter albums of the year,” and The Washington Post declares, “the best-sounding album of McKenna’s 15-year recording career.”
People Magazine recently premiered a stripped-down acoustic video of McKenna performing “Humble and Kind.” Watch HERE.