XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “People Get Old” by Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna | photo by Becky Fluke | courtesy of the artist

Considering she’s spent her life in Stoughton, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, for singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, Nashville has been very very good to her. As a songwriter, McKenna’s songwriting has become country music gold for musicians like Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Reba McIntire, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe, and others. On her own solo work, as a songwriter through the eleven albums she’s released since 2000, McKenna’s common exploration of themes of family, inner personal turmoil, and the emotional ties and relationships we have between each other, have continued to shine with each new release. On her new album, The Tree McKenna remains a powerful and prolific storyteller about the human condition.

The Tree is McKenna’s second album produced by Dave Cobb in Nashville. Their first collaboration together, The Bird and The Rifle, was released in September, 2016. That year, McKenna became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row for co-writing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and penning Tim McGraw’s number one song, “Humble and Kind.” FOr both songs she received back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music’s first female Songwriter of the Year.

McKenna’s “People Get Old” is a nostalgic, reflective song about looking back on our youth and growing old, the things our parents do with us and say to us, and that we repeat with our own children. Listen below.



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