STOUGHTON'S MOST FAMOUS SINGER-SONGWRITER: There was a large turnout for Stoughton housewife/mother/singer/songwriter/guitarist Lori McKenna last night at Newbury Comics in Norwood. The giant record store set up a stage for McKenna, and she belted out a half dozen tunes before signing autographed CD's for a throng of fans.
McKenna dedicated one tune from her new CD, "Lorraine" to the Town of Stoughton. As she played "Buy this Town", she told the crowd that it was dedicated to her hometown. She told About Town before the concert that she's concerned about the town's budget woes. She even offered to play the song at Town Meeting (that would be a GREAT idea).
McKenna ended her set with the CD’s title song, explaining that it was her mother's name, as well as hers. She added, "I don't answer to Lorraine. People call me Lori, but one person calls me Boo. I don't know why."
She also added that, "This song was inspired when I was told that if you write songs about your mom, you'll go to Heaven. So, I wrote this song, but it's mostly about me, not my mom. I'm a little self-absorbed."
Other tunes from the new CD that were featured included "You Get A Love Song," "Rocket Science" and "Sweet Disposition." All the songs on McKenna's new CD are outstanding. As she said, it's wrapped in light packaging, but it's emotionally heavy.
"I used to apologize for making people cry, but now I think it's great," she said.
Check back later today for the Afternoon Edition of About Town.