DAVE'S DIARY - 16 MAY 2004 - ALLISON MOORER INTERVIEW
ALLISON MOORER WORKS WITHOUT A NET
"In the cemetery mist stands a newborn atheist/ even if you do not
exist/ you're far from almighty/ flesh and blood's a sissy fist/
death's a gold glove pugilist." - The Duel - Alison Moorer-Butch Primm.
Allison Moorer has good reasons for not wanting to divulge her song
And it's not just because she bared her heart and soul when she wrote
songs about her songwriter dad Vernon shooting her mum Laura in a
bizarre murder suicide when she was 13.
"I was working with an engineer who had worked with a musician whom I'm
a big fan of and they had just put an album out," Moorer told Nu
Country in a call from Nashville.
"I was talking to the engineer about a specific song and what I thought
it meant and what it meant to me. I was excited about it but the
engineer said the artist has written it in the studio with magnetic
poetry on the music stand. It totally blew my mind and broke my heart.
It's not that the song isn't fabulous and I still love it and want to
hear it but I think about that every time I hear it."
The Alabama born singer has ploughed her painful past for a rich
catalogue of songs that included Oscar nominated Soft Place To Fall
from her 1998 debut disc Alabama Song.
Despite the Oscar nomination it only reached #67 on the country charts.