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Allison Moorer: Mockingbird

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Allison Moorer's latest CD, Mockingbird, features Moorer covering other artists' tunes.

Moorer is a Grammy-nominated alt-country singer-songwriter. She's the younger sister of Shelby Lynne and the wife of Steve Earle. She earned a degree in public relations from the University of Southern Alabama, but skipped the graduation ceremony to move to Nashville for a career in music. In 1998, she made her debut on the charts with the release of her single "A Soft Place to Fall," which was featured in the movie, The Horse Whisperer.

Like the mockingbird, Moorer may be best known for her expressive voice, which comes into play as she covers selections from a wide range of singer-songwriters. She easily adapts to Jessie Colter's country twang in "I'm Looking for Blue Eyes," as well as Nina Simone's soulful tones in "I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl." She emulates the old-fashioned blues of Ma Rainey in "Daddy, Goodbye Blues" and Joni Mitchell's classical pop in "Both Sides Now."

Accompanied by a cast of accomplished musicians, Moorer makes a mark with Mockingbird. This CD shows the breadth of her musical range more than anything else she's released to date, and with the range she displays, no wonder she called it Mockingbird.