LORI finds Iron & Wine's Sam Beam drawing from the songbook of
noted singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy winner Lori McKenna.
Recorded at the famed Sam Phillips Studios (Memphis, TN) with
producer Matt Ross-Spang, Beam takes on four of his favorite
McKenna tracks with help from Sima Cunningham and Macie
Stewart, known collectively for their work in the indie-art-pop band
Finom (formerly known as Ohmme.)
Beam came to McKenna's music a few years ago on the suggestion
of a friend. As the lock down dragged on, Beam found himself, like
so many, turning to music for comfort. McKenna's catalog of work
was never far from reach. Taken by her heart-on-your-sleeve
confessional style storytelling, Beam admits it's a trait that draws him
to McKenna and something not often found in his own songwriting.
As a well-known interpreter of other artists' songs, when the time
came for him to shake off the pandemic cobwebs and record,
McKenna's songs were as fresh and familiar to Beam as his own.
Traveling to Memphis in March of 2021, Beam invited Cunningham
and Stewart to join him in the studio. During the three days of
recording, Ross-Spang was a logical choice to take the helm as he
had handled Iron & Wine's 2019 collaboration with Calexico, the
twice Grammy nominated Years to Burn, and had also worked on
two of McKenna's own records.
Having enjoyed successful solo careers outside of Finom, Cunningham and Stewart bring their own touches to LORI and helped Beam
find even further depths to McKenna's songwriting. Together the trio
sonically re-interpreted her plaintive odes into a tapestry of sounds -
effortlessly blending their signature singing styles and breathing fresh
life into the lyrics.