Cam played Boston’s venerable Paradise Rock Club Saturday night and treated the crowd to a special appearance from local songwriting hero Lori McKenna. Introducing McKenna as the sole writer of the 2016 CMA Song of the Year, “Humble and Kind,” Cam said of the Massachusetts-born tunesmith, “You all should be so proud that you are the town that helped shape her.”
Cam also touted McKenna’s solo LP The Bird and the Rifle, released earlier this year, but the co-writer of the smash hit, “Girl Crush,” was too modest to accept the singer’s assessment that “she’s better than Chris Stapleton.” “I think I’m better at making Kraft Mac and Cheese than Chris Stapleton, but other than that…” McKenna joked.
In addition sharing vocals on “Old Men, Young Women,” a track from McKenna’s album, the pair teamed up with a roomful of concertgoers to deliver a sweet, acoustic version of “Girl Crush” (around the 6:30 mark) that was nearly drowned out by the crowd at first but then transformed into a hauntingly meditative, harmony-rich duet between the two.
Cam plays Tulsa’s iconic Cain’s Ballroom on Thursday, November 17th, with subsequent stops in Des Moines, Iowa, and Bloomington, Indiana.