Lori McKenna will release her highly anticipated new album, The Balladeer, July 24 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers (pre-order). In advance of the release, the new single, “When You’re My Age,” is premiering today. Listen HERE.
In conjunction with its release, “When You’re My Age” has been selected as the official song for the Class of 2020 by Jostens—the nation’s leading provider of custom class jewelry, graduation products and yearbooks. The song will be featured as part of Jostens’ free online “Virtual Commencement” programs this spring and summer, which have been designed to help high schools and colleges celebrate their Class of 2020 throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the partnership, McKenna shares, “As a songwriter, but even more as a mom of a high school senior, I’m so honored to offer up a song for the Class of 2020. I love that Jostens is making a special salute to this year’s high school and college graduates. It’s an unprecedented time and these graduates deserve the best celebration possible.” More information can be found via www.jostens.com.
Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, The Balladeer is McKenna’s most personal album to date featuring songs that reflect firsthand on her relationships with her children, husband and family. Following this theme, McKenna wrote the majority of the album alone except for three tracks written with Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose—a group collectively known as the Love Junkies. In addition to McKenna (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Cobb (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), the album also features Brian Allen (bass, cello, upright bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion) and Philip Towns (piano, wurlitzer, mellotron, harmonium) as well as background vocals from Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman along with Hillary Lindsey, Kristen Rogers and Liz Rose.
Reflecting on the album, McKenna shares, “I’m at the age now where you can see really well where you’re going, because you’re helping your parents and you’ve lived through what your kids are doing. It’s this weird emotional time where you’re like a bookkeeper, writing it all down, trying to make sense of it and add it all up somehow.”