Fans of Allison Moorer, the wonderful young country singer about whom I’ve previously written in this space, should go here to read an excellent Washington Post profile by Eric Brace that supplies the inside skinny on her latest doings.
In brief, Moorer has finally given up on the major labels, signed with Sugar Hill Records (the nonpareil independent country-bluegrass label that brought you Nickel Creek), and now has a new album in the can set for release next spring:
In five short years, she’s released four records (her most recent, “Show,” a live affair with accompanying DVD) and has just signed with her third record label. She’s been touted as the next great country singer and faulted for not playing the game by Nashville’s rules. She’s had an Academy Award nomination for one of her songs, and been virtually ignored by country radio….
But while Moorer puts on a bravely defiant face, she admits to doubts about her methods. “Oh, sure, I ask myself all the time, ‘What am I doing wrong?’ ” she says, her corduroy cap pulled low over her face. She stares hard at her cappuccino for a second, regaining her bravura. “But I’ve been true to myself in everything I’ve done. I don’t see anything wrong with that.”
Of course I wish Moorer had made it big in Nashville, but I can’t tell you how pleased I am to hear that she’s hooked up with the best roots-music label in the business. They know a good thing when they hear it. (In the meantime, try her debut CD, Alabama Song, for a taste of Allison Moorer at her major-label best.)