Lori McKenna debuts new acoustic performance video for "Wonder Drug"

Lori McKenna debuts new acoustic performance video for “Wonder Drug”



September 13, 2023—A new acoustic performance video for GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Lori McKenna’s song, “Wonder Drug,” is debuting today. Filmed at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the video features McKenna alongside GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Watch/share HERE

Reflecting on the song, McKenna shares, “I can’t explain how much I wish I wasn’t telling anyone’s story. But we all know it is. ‘Wonder Drug’ is one of those songs that chased me around the house for a month before I finally wrote it down. The songs that chase me are few and far between and I consider them blessings even when they are this sad. I hope the takeaway is ‘run to love.’”

“Wonder Drug” is from McKenna’s acclaimed new album, 1988, which was released earlier this summer via CN Records/Thirty Tigers (stream/purchase here). Produced by Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell) and recorded at his studio in Savannah, GA, 1988 is named for the year McKenna married her husband, Gene, and serves as a love letter to her family and lifelong friendships. 

Of the album, McKenna shares, “I was trying to let my age and experience guide me through making a record I wished I’d made when I was younger. I really wanted it to sound like if I made a rock record in the ‘90s, and then I remembered that I made my first album in 1998. There’s something so 30 years ago in my head about this record. In a way I wish I could start again and know what I know now.”

In celebration of the new music, McKenna will join forces with Brandy Clark for a special co-headline tour starting later this month. “An Evening with Brandy Clark & Lori McKenna” will feature the pair together on stage, telling stories and performing songs from their own acclaimed catalogues as well as material they’ve written for others. See below for complete tour itinerary. Ticket details can be found at www.lorimckenna.com/tour

photo credit: Becky Fluke
photo credit: Becky Fluke

The release of 1988 adds to a series of landmark years for McKenna and follows three widely acclaimed albums: 2016’s The Bird & The Rifle, 2018’s The Tree and 2020’s The Balladeer, of which the Associated Press praised, “McKenna has by now long established herself as one of the best songwriters working in any genre. And she does it again and again,” while The Tennessean asserted, “one of the sharpest pens in modern country and folk songwriting.” 

In addition to her career as a solo artist, McKenna continues to enjoy tremendous success as one of the music industry’s most in-demand songwriters, having written songs for artist such as Taylor Swift and Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, George Strait, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Reba McEntire. McKenna also co-wrote “Always Remember Us This Way,” which was featured in the Academy Award-winning 2018 film, A Star Is Born. In the past few years, McKenna has also won Best Country Song at GRAMMY Awards three times (The Highwomen’s “Crowded Table,” Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” and Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”), Song of the Year at the CMA Awards twice (“Girl Crush” and “Humble and Kind”) and was the first female to ever win the ACM Awards’ Songwriter of the Year award. 

Critical acclaim for 1988:
“heartstring-tuggers…she can succinctly distill wisdom into a single line”—Billboard
“an album that can easily resonate with anyone who readily reflects on the past while reconciling the lessons learned in the present and applying them to the future going forward. It’s hard to think of anything more meaningful, or, for that matter, more memorable as well.”
 American Songwriter
“another excellent record by one of the master Americana-style singer-songwriters of our time” —PopMatters
“McKenna’s most unfettered art ever”—The Tennessean
“Throughout this powerful album, McKenna transforms the ordinary grit of everyday life into engrossing drama, again affirming her standing as a master storyteller”—No Depression
“a triumphant exploration of the wisdom gained from aging and a celebration of life’s smallest and most precious moments”—Wide Open Country
“a rare gem of a solo performer…McKenna’s powerful vocals soar above descending chords, with unapologetic verses”—Holler
“one of the planet’s best songwriters…a superb album”—Nashville Scene 
“With her earnest vocals on display, the stunning singer/songwriter sends well wishes to her listeners as she encourages them to live life to the fullest, pursue dreams, spread love and end up with a joy-filled home”—Country Now
1988 showcases once again McKenna’s ability to capture in her songwriting snapshots of life in all its messiness and glory and wonder.”—Folk Alley
“showcasing her phenomenal songwriting talents and skills as a storyteller”
Entertainment Focus
“the most introspective she’s ever been; continuously proving that she’s a storyteller through and through”—The Nash News
“The album takes us through a myriad of moods and emotions with astute, clever and often provocative lyrics along the way.”—Country Standard Time
“she can cut to the bone like few other writers do” – The Musical Divide
“a surge of artistry, a string of strong albums now reaching a pinnacle with 1988
Spectrum Culture

1. The Old Woman in Me (written by Lori McKenna)
2. Happy Children (written by Lori McKenna, Chris McKenna)
3. Killing Me feat. Hillary Lindsey (written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird)
4. Days Are Honey (written by Lori McKenna, Barry Dean, Luke Laird)
5. 1988 (written by Lori McKenna, Brian McKenna)
6. Growing Up (written by Lori McKenna)
7. Wonder Drug (written by Lori McKenna)
8. The Town in Your Heart (written by Lori McKenna, Jessie Jo Dillon, Dustin Christensen)
9. Letting People Down (written by Lori McKenna)
10. The Tunnel (written by Lori McKenna, Ben West, Stephen Wilson Jr)
September 28—Houston, TX—The Heights Theater*
September 29—Dallas, TX—The Kessler Theater*
September 30—New Braunfels, TX—Gruene Hall*
October 5—Knoxville, TN—Bijou Theatre*
October 6—Chattanooga, TN—Walker Theatre*
October 7—Rocky Mount, VA—Harvester Performance Center*
October 8—Durham, NC—Carolina Theatre of Durham/Fletcher Hall*
October 12—Buffalo, NY—Asbury Hall at Babeville*
October 13—Laconia, NH—The Colonial Theatre of Laconia*
October 14—Northampton, MA—Academy of Music*
October 15—Boston, MA—The Wilbur*
*co-headline with Brandy Clark