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Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer bring an imperfect country intimacy to the new Not Dark Yet

On the new Not Dark Yet (Silver Cross/Thirty Tigers), their first collaborative album, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer don’t harmonize in the manner of other famous country siblings, such as the Delmore or Louvin Brothers. Though the two of them grew up singing together, their approach is intuitive, so at certain moments emotion supplants […]

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Allison Moorer

On her new Getting Somewhere (Sugar Hill) Allison Moorer expresses an optimism that was absent on previous albums, where she transformed personal misery into stinging poetry. On songs like “Work to Do” and “Fairweather,” her narrators triumphantly shake off bad relationships–which may or may not say anything about her divorce from Doyle Primm, who cowrote […]

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Allison Moorer

After making three terrific studio albums and a decent live recording for Universal’s Nashville division, Allison Moorer had very little to show for it–major-label publicity machines aren’t programmed to deal with idiosyncratic artistry like hers–so she negotiated her way out of her contract and inked a new deal with the indie Sugar Hill. Doyle Primm, […]

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Allison Moorer

In the music press, it was Allison Moorer’s big sister, Shelby Lynne, who was the bee’s knees last year. Lynne’s surprising resurrection after years of major-label mediocrity made for good copy, and My Name Is Shelby Lynne (Island) was admittedly a great record–but it couldn’t hold a candle to Moorer’s nearly perfect and sadly ignored […]