McKain Lakey in Concert

The Faulkner County Library welcomes singer/songwriter McKain Lakey on April 7 at 2:00 PM. Lakey will perform a concert of original songs steeped in the richness of American folk traditions.

A statement by the artist:
“As with much of U.S. history, the extraordinary origins of American roots music traditions have been largely lost to the past. What we are often taught instead is a narrative that supports the power structure of our society. Yet by listening to and investigating our early music, we can find endless examples of people coming together to challenge systems of oppression – women confronting patriarchal systems, working folks calling out economic inequality, people boldly naming the legacy of slavery, imprisonment, and racial injustice that is so deeply rooted in our nation’s history and legal system. The music of our country is defined by the people of our country: complex, multi-faceted, resilient, and vibrant people, creating art that reflects the realities of their lives.”

McKain Lakey is a musician whose work investigates themes of oppression and empowerment through the richness of American folk traditions. An instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, McKain performs as a solo artist, as part of the duo Woolly Breeches, and with other bands by invitation. She is an educator and facilitator who works with groups of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their understanding of the historical and technical foundations of music and to encourage personal exploration of voice and creative power. She tours nationally, and recently participated as one of six women songwriters in Hedgebrook’s prestigious 2019 songwriter residency. McKain holds a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

McKain is also an experienced audio engineer who has produced countless live music events, as a front-of-house engineer, monitor engineer, and stage/production manager, in addition to her work as a studio engineer/producer. Recent projects include international tours with acclaimed band MarchFourth of Portland, OR, and mixing work on “The Gods Are Made of Mud”, the latest studio album by Hot Damn Scandal (Bellingham, WA).

All library events are free and open to the public.

To learn more about McKain Lakey, visit

For more information, call the library at 501-327-7482 or email