There are songs that are hits, and then there are songs that should be — for example, just about every track on the latest from folk singer Lori McKenna.
She hasn’t escaped notice, exactly — Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss and Mandy Moore have all recorded her songs, and she toured with Hill and McGraw in 2007 — but it’s an understatement to call McKenna underappreciated.
The Stoughton, Mass., musician writes simply about complicated things, and never with more elegance than on “Lorraine” (Signature Sounds), her sixth album since she started performing publicly at age 27. The record company calls it her most personal release yet, starting with the title: not only is “Lorraine” McKenna’s real name, she was named for her mother, who died when McKenna was 7.
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