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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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Say It Ain’t So!

Letters to the editor: When a journalistic lout writes a piece that is patently dishonest or untrue, I take a pass. It’s par for the course. But when someone I respect does a slovenly job of like nature, it does bad things to my blood pressure. Consider the piece by Mara Tapp on the birth […]

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Ali Farka Toure

Ali Farka Toure sometimes sounds like he has one foot planted in the Mississippi Delta and the other in the Niger. His work is deeply rooted in Malian tradition; in one interview he explained that he sings about “education, work, love, and society.” But although he sings exclusively in West African languages, he sounds like […]