Thursday, November 7, 2019
Tracks On The Blood: A New Book and Record From Alison Moorer
Alison Moorer has been making records for years, but most have been lost on me. She has a wonderful voice and she can certainly write a song. But it wasn't until her collaboration of covers with her sister Shelby Lynne, 2017's "Not Dark Yet," that I got on board. I wish I could tell you the precise reason why 20 years of prior recording failed to pique my interest. But I can't. Wrong place, wrong time, I guess.
Now seems to be the right time, as her new release, "Blood," the companion to her memoir of the same name, has really shaken me up. Moorer's not so secret life includes among other things, a divorce from husband Steve Earle, and of course, the 1986 murder-suicide of her parents, both of which I imagine take up more than a few pages in the book. While I plan on reading the memoir, until then, "Blood," the album, will get heavy rotation, thanks to some truly amazing songs, like the beautifully heartbreaking "I'm The One To Blame," a song written by sis Shelby, or "All I Wanted (Thanks Anyway)," a song Jagger & Richards have been trying to write since 1975.
My plan is to go backward and catch up on all of the Alison Moorer I have missed, that is how good "Blood" is. Give it a spin, or just sample what I have posted here. This record is another winner for 2019 and will no doubt finish high on my year-end list.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:21 AM