Allison Moorer is set to release her Ryko debut, Crows, on February 9. Produced by R.S. Field (Buddy Guy, John Mayall) at the House of David Studio in Nashville, TN, the 13-track album is a refined and lyrically honest collection of songs that is a marked stylistic departure from her previous work. Crows is the anticipated follow up to her critically acclaimed 2008 album, Mockingbird, which was a celebration of songs composed by a stunning cast of female songwriters including Nina Simone, Patti Smith, Cat Power, her sister Shelby Lynne, and more. It also follows Moorer’s firstGrammy Award Nomination for the song “Days Aren’t Long Enough,” a composition she co-wrote with her husband,Steve Earle, for his Grammy Award Winning 2007 album Washington Square Serenade.
Speaking with Billboard Magazine regarding Crows, Moorer stated “I really just set myself free and just threw all the rules out the window.” Regarding the album’s title, Moorer offered “We have crows in the yard at our place up in Woodstock. I am a little obsessed with birds, and have been told that they are indeed our messengers from the other side. So I decided that instead of letting the crows make me uneasy, I would start to consider them as friendlies, and that they were actually bringing me a message of comfort.”
Ruby Marchand, head of A&R for Ryko, stated “Ryko is enormously proud to welcome Allison Moorer to our family of artists. Allison’s extraordinarily evocative songs and vocal style capture her unique signature in the singer/songwriter community.”
Moorer’s 1998 song, “ A Soft Place To Fall,” was included on the soundtrack to the feature film The Horse Whisperer, which led to an appearance in the film itself, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. The opportunity gained her worldwide attention and set the stage for her career. Since, Moorer has been featured on releases byJoan Baez, Kid Rock, The Chieftains, and Los Straightjackets. Most recently Moorer appears on Here Lies Love, the upcoming release by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim which also features appearances by Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos,Martha Wainwright and others. Moorer was seen in 2008 starring in Rebel Voices, a play based on Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s best-selling book Voices of a People’s History of the United States. Moorer also appeared in The People Speak, a beautiful and moving film inspired by the aforementioned book. The film, presented by The History Channel, also features Bob Dylan, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Springsteen, Matt Damon, John Legend, Rosario Dawson and more.
1. Abalone Sky
2. Goodbye To The Ground
3. Just Another Fool
4. The Broken Girl
5. Should I Be Concerned
6. When You Wake Up Feeling Bad
7. Easy In The Summertime
8. The Stars & I (Mama’s Song)
9. Still This Side Of Gone
10. Like The Rain
11. Sorrow (Don’t Come Around)
12. It’s Gonna Feel Good (When It Stops Hurting)
For more information, please visit www.AllisonMoorer.com.