quiet

I enjoy this time of year, when there is space to sit still, to think, and to breathe. I took this photo last spring while in Colorado, a place that inspires thinking and breathing for me. I was compelled to look at it this morning after I woke from a thankfully lengthy and much needed rest, probably so I would go through my day with a reminder of how much I need quiet in which to do that thinking and breathing from time to time. I hope you all are enjoying some quiet as we look toward a new year. 2017 has been a devil. But aren’t they all devils in some way?

format

Yesterday, I took a photograph on my iPhone of a stack of polaroids I’ve taken recently and posted it on Instagram. It struck me immediately as an exercise in some sort of redundancy, a picture of some pictures, but I humored myself and let my Sunday morning dalliance in art monsterism slide. I captioned my post by saying I was thinking of all sorts of new formats for 2018. I do love the polaroid as a format — it is immediate, but cool in a way that a digital image isn’t and just can’t be, no matter the filter applied. I am no photographer and don’t know the science, but I have eyes and I see that the light is captured differently. And I do think of the polaroid as a harbinger to the instant gratification that is at our fingertips now — except — the images are not deletable. We cannot say that the captured moment didn’t exist just because we may not like it. We can throw away an image we find undesirable, but it will still exist somewhere, even in the trash.

This isn’t about digital versus analog. But what I am thinking of this morning is change, and how much we have to do with deciding what is kept and what is thrown away. I’ve changed so many times in my life I’ve spun my own head around, and not always by choice. It’s ultimately been a good practice, though, and I appreciate having honed the skill, because at this point, I find that I am able to adapt, to pivot, to make it work, whatever it is, most of the time. However, I am no shapeshifter. I am also blessed because there are parts of me that have been so forged in fire, they are as solid as steel. I think about what those things are. The things I like — such as my capacity for love, my curiosity and tendency to ask why, my strength — I hold close. The things that I consider less desirable — my sharp tongue, my impatience, my tendency to isolate in a bid for self-protection — I try to work on losing. But like the polaroid, even if I try to trash an undesirable image of some feature of my personality, it will still exist, somewhere, even if it’s been bagged up and ferried out to a waste dump barge.

Joan Didion said in her famous essay, On Keeping a Notebook, that, “I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.” I suppose that has something to do with staying honest with yourself, not getting above your raising, keeping it real. Sometimes it’s interesting to go back to read an old journal or letter, just to remind yourself who you were, where you’ve been, and who you’ve become. Are we not all moving forward, whether we want to or not? It helps to keep perspective, to sometimes take in the broader picture while we do it.

In my constant quest for improving this or trying to keep up with that, I sometimes forget to keep perspective. So my desired format change for now is, as I realize I am looking at the end of what has been yet another rollicking year, to take things in as more of a whole, to consider every experience and every facet valuable, to quit trying so hard just to get to the next thing and make it all look like I planned it. Even if I don’t like something about where I’ve been, what I’ve done, or who I’ve become, those things can’t be discarded and shouldn’t be. A format is how something is arranged, how something is presented, or made available, right? So ultimately, I have to think that how I feel about something is all about the light in which I see it.

Not Dark Yet coming August 18 on Silver Cross Records/Thirty Tigers

The best relationships between singers are symbiotic yet mystical. They bear the demands of the song and revolve around what it needs without discussion. Whether it’s a shared sixth sense or finely tuned intuition, no one has to ask who takes what part. It doesn’t matter anyway — they are of equal importance when two voices nestle seamlessly into a melody, almost imperceptibly gliding across each other when it’s time to switch. It’s not a trick but a sacred dance.

Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, now with twenty-four albums and Grammy, Oscar, and many other kinds of awards and nominations between them, share that kind of transcendent musical bond. It’s as deep, haunting, knowing, and beautiful as the Alabama woods they once called home. Both sang as soon as they could form words, but music is the only language they have ever needed to communicate with and understand each other. “Not Dark Yet,” offers a glimpse into that understanding for the first time and finally, after years of trying to get it made, at the right time. Produced by Teddy Thompson and recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2016, the album provides a potent look at their individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what’s around the bend with a co-written “Is it too much,” to close out the ten-song set.

“Not Dark Yet,” is not a duet record. It is no ordinary collaboration. It is not a creation, but rather a celebration of something that has always been, two voices becoming one and finding home within each other.

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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photo by Sarah Ellison Lewis

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

down to believing

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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