Mo Kenney US News


By BGS Staff, The Bluegrass Situation

Your house is burning down and you can grab only one thing — what would you save?
I’d save my acoustic guitar. It’s a 1930s Hensel parlor … I’d be devastated to lose it.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
I’d be a hermit/carpenter and I would be living in the woods somewhere alone. If I could be an Olympic tree climber, that would be neat, too.

If a song started playing every time you entered the room, what would you want it to be?
“Gangsters Paradise”


PRX – In Search of a Song: Mo Kenney

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Executive producer Rich Reardin talks with Canadian singer/songwriter Mo Kenney. When Mo Kenney started writing the songs that would become In My Dreams, she was in a sweet spot: Mo had just recorded her debut, and wrapped up her tour feeling like she had all the time in the world to write anything. In fact, she didn’t even realize that the title track, which was the first song she wrote, would become the starting point for her next album. [READ MORE]

Stream Mo Kenney In My Dreams (Stereogum Premiere)

imdBy Sadie Bell, Stereogum

Canadian singer-songwriter Mo Kenney is set to release her sophomore album In My Dreams in the US this week. The album was released in Canada in 2014 and earned Kenney a Juno nomination for Best Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

Kenney has created a polished work that looks inward for inspiration. In My Dreams is made up of introspective narratives composed in thoughtful, alternately playful and cynical lyrics, conveyed melodically through her sultry alto voice. Songs like “Faked It” tell honest stories about destructive, failed relationships with snarky lyrics such as, “When I said it was forever, I was lying through my teeth.” Throughout the album a dizzying, powerful classic rock guitar sound draws you into Kenney’s magnetism. In songs like “Mountains To The Mess” and “Untouchable,” as Kenney’s voice commands the track, the sound of a blues-influenced electric guitar sweeps the song into the realm of ’60s classic rock.

Here’s some background on the album from Kenney:

Hi, this is my second album. Overall the album is a lot different from my debut, it feels more grown up and closer to what I want to say as an artist. I find it easier to look inward for inspiration, so most of my songs tend to be pretty personal. I think I’m revealing more about myself in my writing all the time. I’m trying to connect with people through my own experiences, I just hope that other people can relate to what I’m saying. “In My Dreams” is a snapshot of the two and a half year period it took to write it. Full of relationship drama and a lot of self-reflection.

With her playful lyricism entrenched in intricate guitar work, Kenney has crafted an alluring album of the singer-songwriter variety. Listen here via Stereogum.