THE SISSY RECORD IS COMING IN 2017

Allison and her sister, Shelby Lynne, have finally recorded the album they’ve been talking about for so many years. Stay tuned for more details!

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ROLLING STONE TO PREMIERE ALLISON MOORER’S NEW VIDEO FOR “TEAR ME APART”

RELEASE OF EMOTION-FILLED ALBUM
DOWN TO BELIEVING
HAS CRITICS RAVING AT RESULTS

CMT PURE To Feature Video
On Their Channel Next Week

Academy and Grammy award nominated songstress, Allison Moorer, releases her new music video for her hit-single, “Tear Me Apart,” to a Rolling Stone live stream on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Rolling Stone will stream the video exclusively on all platforms following the release of her eighth studio album, Down To Believing, which was also streamed by Rolling Stone earlier last month. CMT PURE also plans to feature Moorer’s new video on their channel beginning next week.

Since the release of Moorer’s eighth studio album, Down To Believing, produced by Kenny Greenberg, critics have been applauding Moorer’s transparent approach to her lyrics regarding the harsh realities of life on the road to healing.

In a recent interview with Country Weekly, Moorer explains the heart behind her album, Down To Believing. “The idea that I had was that you wake up every day and you work at it because that’s what it requires, and when you wake up and realize that you can’t believe in it anymore, you have a decision to make.”

Moorer’s new video for “Tear Me Apart” captures the confusion of a broken heart. Filled with barbed wire, fragile glass hearts shattering and the final scene of her walking away into an open field, Moorer shows her fans that while there may be a broken road ahead, there is hope.

“It’s a brave album, at times with anger – ’Tear Me Apart’ is a showdown song.” – Neil Spencer [The Guardian]

“Everything is going to hell in “Tear Me Apart,” as Moorer sings about being in a destructive relationship and wanting to get out of it. She wonders why he wants to tear her apart and how she wants to just scream if he looks her way…She sings about how she wishes she had more strength to keep the relationship going longer and to keep that love alive, but there just isn’t any love left in her heart. Moorer’s vocals are just as flawless as the great lyrics in this song. This is arguably the best song on Down To Believing.” – Josh Schott [Country Perspective]

ALLISON MOORER RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM DOWN TO BELIEVING

ALLISON MOORER RELEASES DOWN TO BELIEVING TO ROLLING STONE LIVE STREAM
AND RAVE ALBUM REVIEWS
 

MOORER TO CO-HOST SIRIUS XM’S OUTLAW COUNTRY WITH

HOST MEREDITH OCHS 

Moorer’s Eighth Studio Album Is About Coming To Terms With Emotional Pain and Heartache

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 17, 2015) – Academy and Grammy award nominated songstress, Allison Moorer, releases her highly anticipated album, Down To Believing today. Produced by friend and producer, Kenny Greenburg, Allison Moorer’s Down To Believing was born in a place of real pain and heartache and captures a powerful story of raw honesty and acceptance, making it some of the bravest and most confessional work of any songwriter on her road to healing. Rolling Stone featured a live stream of the album on Monday, March 16 and Allison Moorer will soon join host Meredith Ochs of SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country. Download Allison Moorer’s Down To Believing HERE.

Down To Believing is Allison Moorer’s eighth studio album since her 1998’s Alabama Song, and she considers this release to be her best yet. With 13 new songs from the country-rocking first single “Like It Used To Be,” to the emotionally-charged songs like “Thunderstorm Hurricane,” “Tear Me Apart,” and “Mama Let The Wolf In,” Moorer’s new album allows listeners to experience the tough reality and heartache of divorce and daily struggles of a son living with autism.

CMT Senior VP of Music Strategy Leslie Fram says, “Raw, genuine and full of passion & grit, Allison Moorer’s ‘Down To Believing’ is the album we’ve been waiting for, a timeless journey into life and loss.”

Rolling Stone also calls the body of work “brilliant and extraordinarily candid,” while Huffington Post praised her Americana Fest set as one of this year’s highlights and Country Weekly proclaimed the nuances of her songs hit home.

Country artist Miranda Lambert also took note of Allison’s soulful approach to songwriting saying in a recent interview with AL.com, “I love Allison Moorer. She’s kind of the reason I started writing songs. I learned from her music that it’s OK for women to write about heartache and problems.”

What They Are Saying:

“Extraordinary.” – Stephen L. Betts [Rolling Stone]

“Moorer, a superb singer, has too much edge, drive and energy to wallow and her lyrics pare the throbbing pain down to a minimal plainless: I lost my crystal ball/ Found Me a Wrecking ball.” – [People Magazine] [Allison Moorer] “continues to keep it honest, as she deals with a great deal of change and upheaval in her personal life.” – Colin Stutz [Billboard]

“It’s a brave album, at times raw with anger.” – Neil Spencer [The Guardian]

“Out of the pain and anger, Moorer has fashioned the finest album of her career.”
– Nigel Williamson [Uncut Magazine]

“This break-up record, recorded after her seven-year marriage to Steve Earle fell apart, is full of raw emotion. There is a neat cover of Creedence’s Have You Ever Seen the Rain but the best songs are her own heartfelt and brooding country ones.” – Martin Chilton [The Telegraph]

“She is a Southern girl with a big heart and an honest streak running throughout her soul. You piss her off and she’s going to tell you. If she loves you, she will tell you that too.” – Troy Michael [Innocent Words]

“There’s no doubt that Allison Moorer poured her heart into this album. As you listen, you feel like you’re right beside her as she sings about the ups and downs of her relationships, marriage, and family. There are heavy influences of love, heartbreak, and emotional healing so props to Allison for being brave enough to talk about the hard stuff.” – Lindsay Thomas [Nashville Country Club]

“Allison Moorer is at her best when she writes from real personal experiences.” – [FDRMX]

Allison Moorer will kick off her Down To Believing tour this week with Mary Gauthier. Please see dates below.

Tour Dates with Mary Gauthier:

March 19th – Vienna, VA Jammin Java
March 20th – Princeton, NJ Folk Society
March 21st – Wilmington, DE World Café Live
March 22nd – Cambridge, MA Passims
March 24th – Portland, ME One Longfellow Square
March 25th – Fairfield, CT FTC Stage One
March 26th – Buffalo, NY 189 Public House
March 27th – Albany, NY Sawyer Theatre

For more information on Allison Moorer please visit:
http://allisonmoorer.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AllisonMoorer
https://twitter.com/AllisonMoorer
https://www.youtube.com/user/AllisonMoorerTV

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It’s hard to believe that my first album came out in 1998, almost seventeen years ago.  I’m not even sure I can take that in.  All of those songs, all of those shows, all of the time spent writing, recording, trying to get it all just right…

All of the miles traveled, the inhuman wake up calls, the jokes and the laughs, the sights seen, the wondering if I would ever see a girl again (as surrounded by male musicians as I have been), the utter tedium of the road, the utter adventure of it, too, the broken strings, the broken hearts, the tears of joy and sadness and relief and exasperation, the leaving it all on the stage, the sweat, blood, and insecurity of it all.

What a gift.  What an honor.  What a triumph and a heartache.

It’s not an easy thing to get up and propel yourself to make art every day.  We’re supposed to make it look easy, we creative types.  We’re supposed to make it look like anyone could do it, and truth be told, most people probably could given the right circumstances and inspiration.

Which begs the question, what is it to be inspired?  What makes someone sit down at the piano or hold their guitar and feel like they have something in them worth saying?  I guess artists are a self-centered bunch.  We always feel like we have something worthwhile to say.  It’s our job, really.  To hold up things to the world, to show, to shed light, to share, to join, to induce feeling, and then relieve it somehow.  To get to the very essence of what it is to be human.

I’m happy to still have something to say, and to still have the job, no matter what form it takes in my life.

I guess you could say I’m just so proud to be here (thanks Miss Minnie).

“Down To Believing” means a whole lot to me.  Thank you for letting me share it with you.  Thank you for still letting me share at all.

Love,

Allison

Allison Talks About Her New Album “Down To Believing” – Watch The Video!

Down To Believing is available to pre-order now on ▶ Amazon:http://smarturl.it/xezqz5, ▶ iTunes: http://smarturl.it/qlai4t and ▶ Propermusic: http://smarturl.it/48jzii

Hear Allison Moorer on Celtic Connections

Mark Radcliffe brings you more live music from the CCA in Glasgow for Celtic Connections 2015. Scotland’s premier music winter festival celebrates its 22nd year with over 2,000 artists playing from traditional and roots music, world, indie, jazz, folk, soul and Americana.

Here is a video from her performance on the show:

Tonight’s line-up includes Americana artists Allison Moorer and Sarah Jarosz, plus gospel group The McCrary Sisters performing live.  Listen to the show featuring Allison Moorer by clicking here.  The show will be available for the 29 days, and then will be archived, so make sure you listen soon!

Below are photos from the event:

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Down To Believing is available to pre-order now on ▶ Amazon:http://smarturl.it/xezqz5, ▶ iTunes: http://smarturl.it/qlai4t and ▶ Propermusic: http://smarturl.it/48jzii

ALLISON MOORER IS BACK WITH PREMIERE OF “LIKE IT USED TO BE” ON CMT

FIRST SINGLE FROM THE MARCH 17 RELEASE DOWN TO BELIEVING ON eONE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 7, 2015) – Academy and Grammy award nominated songstress Allison Moorer is set to hit the CMT airwaves on Wednesday, January 7th with her sultry video for “Like It Used To Be,” the first single from her March 17th eOne Music release Down To Believing. The video can be seen at 6:00 and 11:00 am EST, and preorders are available here: PREORDER LINK HERE. The clip is directed and produced by Coleman Saunders of Americus Studios. Watch the clip here: LIKE IT USED TO BE.

CMT Senior VP of Music Strategy Leslie Fram says, “Raw, genuine and full of passion & grit, Allison Moorer’s ‘Down To Believing’ is the album we’ve been waiting for, a timeless journey into life and loss. The song and video for ‘Like It Use To Be’ sets the tone for this brilliant awakening.”

Fram seems to be right in line with what others are hearing from Moorer. Rolling Stone calls the body of work “brilliant and extraordinarily candid,” Huffington Post praised her Americana Fest set as one of this year’s highlights and Country Weekly proclaimed the nuances of her songs hit home.

This marks Moorer’s 9th album since 1998’s Alabama Song, and continues to offer the listener some of the most bravest, directly confessional work of any songwriter. Moorer reunites with producer and musician Kenny Greenberg (he produced her first 2 MCA releases) on the 13 -track collection of what Moorer calls her “best piece of work she feels she has ever done.”

Moorer will be performing the new songs during the popular 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, FL in January before she heads to Scotland for the Celtic Connections Festival. The first leg of the Down To Believing tour will begin the week of release (Please see tour dates below).

Tour Dates with Mary Gauthier:
March 19th – Vienna, VA Jammin Java
March 20th – Princeton, NJ Folk Society
March 21st – Wilmington, DE World Café Live
March 22nd – Cambridge, MA Passims
March 24th – Portland, ME One Longfellow Square
March 25th – Fairfield, CT FTC Stage One
March 26th – Buffalo, NY 189 Public House
March 27th – Albany, NY Sawyer Theatre

december 14, 2014

I’ve never quite known what to do with myself during the holidays.  As I’ve said many times in my life, when you have no parents alive in the world you’ve got no one to answer to and nowhere to go for Christmas.

I can tell that people hate it when I say that.  They bristle noticeably in reaction to the bluntness of the words that are designed to remind me, and yes, sometimes even them, of the trade off.

Because sometimes my friends complain about their parents.  At times I stay silent when they do, at times I don’t, but the more tuned in ones always look or sound a bit remorseful when they realize they’ve bitched and moaned about something that must seem like a luxury to me.  I don’t want them to.  I get it.  Families can be a pain like no other.  But there is an altogether different kind of pain you get when yours is gone and you have to figure out, for the rest of your life, how to build another one.

I get into the spirit of this time of year really easily.  It’s happy.  I love it.  It’s emotionally loaded for sure, but I’ve gotten used to the lack of tradition surrounding my own holidays.  At the end of the day it just makes me want to celebrate another year lived and to give whatever I can of myself to those that I love.  One of my favorite things in life is to give a gift that is meaningful and thoughtful, or that might have been created by my own hand.  I spent hours yesterday embroidering sweet little hearts onto sets of linen napkins for those close to me who I know would understand such a thing.

I hardly notice anymore that neither my Mama’s or Daddy’s name appears on my gift list.  And that still doesn’t sit well with me.

I was reading the paper this morning when my eye caught an ornament on my tree, a little red haired angel that I bought six years ago almost to the day.  I bought her to represent the baby that I lost just before Christmas that year.  I don’t know when the pregnancy slipped away, but I knew she was gone on December 13th.  I took a minute to breathe and think, sitting as still as a stone, holding my paper, lost in that place that time travel takes you to to.  I then looked for what sparkly things might represent the other parts of me that have flown away, and there were none.  I have no box of ornaments that were passed down to me from the tree we decorated when I was a child.  A lot of things got lost back then.  So now I’m making my own heirlooms.  I quickly reminded myself of that.  And then I did what I do a lot.  I got out my needle and thread.

Just their initials in the red thread, of course.  The red thread that binds us together.

Thank you to those who have kept their red threads tied to me.  I have spent countless December 25ths at others’ tables, decorating others’ trees, waking up somewhere other than home.  Family comes in a million different ways and I’ve experienced at least fifteen or twenty of those.  But my son John Henry is now four years old, and what I do know, more than anything, is that I want him to always know where his home is, who his red thread is tied to, and to always feel the love and spirits that are kept alive and connected in it and through it.  I made the simple heart ornaments with the red initials for him, too.  They are part of his story, they are part of his home, they are part of his Christmas, past, present, and future, just as they are mine.  And they will go in the box of ornaments that I hope to pass on to him one day, that I won’t let get lost.  Because now I have him to answer to.

Happy Holidays Everyone.

Love,

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ALLISON MOORER RETURNS WITH DOWN TO BELIEVING VIA eONE NASHVILLE MARCH 17th

Tour with Mary Gauthier kicks off March 19th

December XX, 2014 – Nashville, TN – The Academy and Grammy Award nominated songstress Allison Moorer is set to release her eOne Nashville debut, Down To Believing, on March 17th.   Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, guitarist Kenny Greenberg, the album was recorded over two years in Nashville while Moorer commuted back and forth from her home in New York City.  Her eighth studio recording since her 1998 debut Alabama Song, Down To Believing is her most personal collection of songs to date; one in which Rolling Stone has already called “brilliant and extraordinarily candid.”

The 13-song set is in many ways a sequel to Moorer and Greenberg’s second collaboration, the acclaimed 2000 album The Hardest Part.   At the time of its release, Moorer often acknowledged the inspiration her parents’ relationship had on that album.  Fifteen years later, she’s sifting eloquently through her modern day life as the inspiration for Down To Believing’s intensely personal song cycle.

Available for Pre-Order on iTunes & Amazon.com 

The recording of Down To Believing began in January of 2012, the same month her son John Henry received a formal diagnosis of autism.  The song “Mama Let The Wolf In,” is her response to that diagnosis.   Speaking to Rolling Stone, Moorer said of the song, “As a parent, whatever your children go through I think there’s a certain amount of it that you feel responsible for, even if you know that it has nothing to do with you…When you can’t protect them from going through something that’s hard, you feel responsible for it…Basically the song is channeling that energy and expressing that extreme frustration at not being able to protect him.  It makes me feel very powerless.”  Of the title track, one about the dissolution of her marriage to singer songwriter Steve Earle, Moorer says, ‘“Down To Believing’ is quite possibly one of my best songs, one of the most honest songs about marriage.”  She continues, “Obviously, this is a record about family and relationships.  ‘Blood’ is about my sister (singer songwriter Shelby Lynne).  It’s about loving someone unconditionally and always having your arms open to them no matter what.   Being able to reflect on your own experience and put it in a common language so that people can commune is what the job of a songwriter is.  I’m prouder of these songs than any I’ve ever written.”

Moorer’s 1998 song, “A Soft Place To Fall,” was included on the soundtrack to the feature film The Horse Whisperer, which led to an appearance in the film itself, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.  The opportunity gained her worldwide attention and set the stage for her career.  Moorer has been featured on releases by Joan Baez, Kid Rock, The Chieftains, while her songs have appeared on records by Miranda Lambert, Steve Earle and more.  She starred in the 2008 play Rebel Voices, based on Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s best-selling book Voices of a People’s History of The United States and also appeared in the 2009 film The People Speak.  The film was presented by the History Channel and was inspired by Zinn’s A People’s History of The Unites States.   It also featured Bob Dylan, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Matt Damon, and more. Moorer will be performing the new songs during the popular 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, FL in January before she heads to Scotland for the Celtic Connections Festival.  The first leg of the Down To Believing tour will begin the week of release (Please see tour dates below).

 

Down To Believing Track List:

  1. Like It Used To Be
  2. Thunderstorm Hurricane
  3. I Lost My Crystal Ball
  4. Down To Believing
  5. Tear Me Apart
  6. If I Were Stronger
  7. Wish I
  8. Blood
  9. Mama Let The Wolf In
  10. I’m Doing Fine
  11. Back Of My Mind
  12. Have You Ever Seen The Rain
  13. Gonna Get It Wrong

 

Tour Dates with Mary Gauthier:

March 19th – Vienna, VA Jammin Java

March 20th – Princeton, NJ Folk Society

March 21st – Wilmington, DE World Café Live

March 22nd – Cambridge, MA Passims

March 24th – Portland, ME One Longfellow Square

March 25th – Fairfield, CT FTC Stage One

March 26th – Buffalo, NY 189 Public House

March 27th – Albany, NY Sawyer Theatre

 

Allison Moorer is represented worldwide by Gold Village Entertainment
and is booked by William Morris Endeavor

Blues for Dixie #2

31 August 2014

 

I just got back to the city a couple of days ago after spending a few weeks down south in Tennessee and Mississippi.  I wrote a bunch of songs in Nashville and also caught up with some of my oldest and best friends.  It occurred to me, like maybe never before, that Nashville is home to me.  No matter where I go or hang my hat, it always calls me back.  My people are there, and the songs are there.

 

I recall a conversation I had with a few songwriting friends about what state names sing the best.  I decided that they were Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, maybe sometimes Texas if it’s coming out of the right mouth, and California.  I’ll be singing about some and maybe all of those places next week at Joe’s Pub, on Wednesday, September 10, at 730pm.  Come join me.  It’ll be fun.

 

Allison Moorer

 

 

love,

allison