Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 27, 2012

Musician Lori McKenna delves into small-town drama at Ivy Chord


The Andover Townsman

---- — A Massachusetts musician who has ties to country stars Faith Hill and Sara Evans will perform in Reading next weekend.

Lori McKenna, who scored her big break in 2005 when she landed cuts on albums from Nashville starlets Faith Hill and Sara Evans, will perform at the Ivy Chord Coffee House on Oct. 6. The coffee house is in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn St., Reading.

The Stoughton, Mass. native, is the wife of a plumber and mother of five who uses her home life as material for her songs. She began performing in public in her late 20s and has become a fixture on the Boston-area coffeehouse circuit .

Warner Bros. Records signed her to a recording contract in 2006 and she appeared with Hill on an episode of Oprah, according to a coffee-house release. After the release of 2008’s Unglamorous, McKenna began to release her own music. Her new, self-released album Lorraine, a nod to her given name, “ delves deeper into the suburban minefield she’s immersed in. In interviews, McKenna has delighted in the little things in a housewife’s small-town life, prime musical fodder for a mainstream country audience. On record though, she’s more determined to wring out every last drama inside those city limits,” according to a release from the coffee house.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading is at the corner of Woburn Street and Summer Avenue, and people are asked to enter through the Summer Avenue doors. Ivy Chord is handicap accessible. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and there is open seating.

Home-made scones and hot beverages are for sale before the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 or $20 for seniors and students.