On Her Latest Album, Lori McKenna Writes and Sings Whole New Chapters in Her 'Humble and Kind' Life

Of course, McKenna didn't need a coronavirus to teach her about being grateful. She knows well what an improbable career this mostly stay-at-home mom has had.

"Music has changed my family for the better," she says. "We've had so many opportunities because of my career and so many blessings because of it." But, she adds, "I was never gonna give up anything having to do with my family for music. I started off, for so many years, just putting my kids to bed and singing songs in their bedroom until they fell asleep. And I know I could still go back to that and still have something that I love so dearly. I didn't have to make a career out of it. I was just lucky enough that I could."

To celebrate the Friday release of The Balladeer, McKenna will perform a livestream benefit concert at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT Friday from the stage of Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Donations will be solicited to help support the club during the pandemic. The show is available to stream at the club's Facebook and YouTube pages.

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