Alabama Song

Alabama Song

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by Allison Moorer
     
 

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Alabama Song is country singer and songwriter Allison Moorer's debut album. She attracted the attention of the general public when her song "A Soft Place to Fall" was one of the tracks picked for airplay from the Horse Whisperer soundtrack; it struck a chord with country radio listeners. That cut, along with ten others (nine of them self-penned), along…  See more details below

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Alabama Song is country singer and songwriter Allison Moorer's debut album. She attracted the attention of the general public when her song "A Soft Place to Fall" was one of the tracks picked for airplay from the Horse Whisperer soundtrack; it struck a chord with country radio listeners. That cut, along with ten others (nine of them self-penned), along with "The One That Got Away" were written with cigar chomping, chart-topping songwriter Kostas. As a first offering on a major label, writing virtually all of your own material is no mean feat. Producer Kenny Greenberg and executive producer and label boss of MCA Nash Vegas Tony Brown were firm believers in Moorer's promise. What's more compelling is that the set is a near perfect balance between classically styled country tunes and modern Nashville's more pop-oriented approach. With elder statesmen like Glen D. Hardin as arranger, and Justin Niebank as engineer, Greenberg brought in a slew of performers not normally associated with country chart success including Ashley Cleveland, Buddy Miller, Russ Taff and Louise Red. They perform alongside studio aces like guitarist Richard Bennett, Dan Dugmore, Larry Marrs, and Greg Morrow and, of course, Greenberg, a stellar guitarist. While the aforementioned cuts scored the airplay making the album a modest success, other tracks, such as the rootsy folk of "Call My Name," and the high lonesome honky tonk in the title song, "I Found a Letter," "Easier to Forget," and the late night Patsy Cline-esque swing of "Set Me Free," resonate with the alt country crowd who made her a minor patron saint. Either way, it was an auspicious beginning, but MCA cut her loose to Island after just one record. That's no reflection on the album, but on the fact that Moorer was just a little bit ahead of her time. Alabama Song has dated well and continues to be a signpost for contemporary country producers, artists and fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/1998
Label:
Fontana Mca N'ville
UPC:
0008817002828
catalogNumber:
70028

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allison Moorer   Primary Artist
Russ Taff   Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Tambourine
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic)
John Cowan   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Glen D. Hardin   Conductor
Richard Dodd   Sampling
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Larry Marrs   Bass,Vocals
Buddy Miller   Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Drums
Nashville String Machine   Strings,Ensemble
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Joe Spivey   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle
Harry Stinson   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Upright Bass
Tim Lauer   Organ,Harmonica,Harmonium,Hammond Organ
Rick Plant   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar
Louise Red   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tony Brown   Executive Producer
Glen D. Hardin   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jim DeMain   Engineer
Richard Dodd   Programming
Greg Droman   Engineer
Kenny Greenberg   Producer
David Leonard   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Warren Peterson   Engineer
Michael Rhodes   Tic Tac
Carl Meadows   Engineer
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Gina R. Binkley   Art Direction
A.J. Derrick   Engineer

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Alabama Song 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really beautiful album. Moorer has a husky, mellow alto voice that effortlessly verges into soprano on occasion. Her songs range from subtly flirtatious to haunting, romantic, and melancholy - all with great lyrics. It's crisply recorded, subtle instrumental cues are clear (the violin on Soft Place to Fall is a great example). This album is to me already a classic; it's solid without all the cheese that makes so much country music dated and forgettable. It's so good that I sometimes catch myself just putting the CD player on repeat...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Allison reminds me of my favorite singer Nick Nelson from Highway 101. What a beauriful voice she has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD and you can hear her improve with each one after it. No "skippers" on this CD. Don't stop Allison!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago