Alabama Song

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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. ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Fontana Mca N'ville
  • UPC: 008817002828
  • Catalog Number: 70028

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Allison Moorer Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Larry Marrs Bass, Vocals
Buddy Miller Background Vocals
Greg Morrow Drums
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The first and they get better each time!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great new artist

    Allison reminds me of my favorite singer Nick Nelson from Highway 101. What a beauriful voice she has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really grows on you

    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...

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    Posted November 22, 2009

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