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Allison Moorer on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

Allison Moorer on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

Allison Moorer on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

Th 5/27: Katherine Heigl, Matthew Morrison, Allison Moorer on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC.  Allison Moorer was raised in Frankville, Ala., just north of Mobile. Weaned on George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, she sang harmonies as a toddler, eventually thinking she’d make a career of it. At 14, her father killed her mother after an argument, then killed himself. Following the tragedy, she and sister Shelby Lynne moved into their aunt and uncle’s home. Not long afterwards, Lynne moved to Nashville for a career in music, and after her high school graduation, Moorer followed. She sang harmonies with Lynne for a while but returned to Alabama to earn a degree in public relations. She skipped the graduation ceremony to move back to Nashville. There, she met Doyle “Butch” Primm, an Oklahoma-reared musician who soon became her husband and frequent songwriting partner. In June 1996, she took part in a series of tributes to her songwriter friend, the late Walter Hyatt, singing his “Tell Me Baby” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Nashville agent Bobby Cudd was sufficiently impressed and hooked her up with producer Tony Brown. After a few meetings, Brown asked her to cut some demos, from which two tracks — “Pardon Me” and “Call My Name” — ended up on her first MCA album, Alabama Song.Her song “A Soft Place to Fall” was tapped for The Horse Whisperer in 1998, and she also appeared in the movie. Because the ballad earned her an Academy Award nomination, she performed it on the 1999 Oscars ceremony. However, none of her singles from Alabama Song or its follow-up The Hardest Part caught on at radio, though both projects were highly praised by critics. When Brown moved from MCA to Universal South, Moorer followed. Her 2002 album Miss Fortune earned more raves but didn’t meet sales expectations. She almost got another big break by recording the duet “Picture” with Kid Rock after Sheryl Crow declined. However, Crow changed her mind, and the Rock-Crow version was a huge radio hit. Yet, the CD single featured Moorer’s vocals and sold a half-million copies. After releasing a live CD and DVD on Universal South, Moorer moved to independent label Sugar Hill Records. With a slightly rougher edge than past efforts, The Duel was released in April 2004. About a year after The Duel, Moorer divorced Primm and married Steve Earle, after serving as his opening act on a European tour. He produced her 2006 album, Getting Somewhere Moorer wrote all the songs by herself, with the exception of one co-write with Earle. The couple also lives in New York City

Iain Archer joins End of the Road Festival

iain-archerTwelve new artists are today announced for this year’s End of the Road Festival (11 – 13 September) confirming, among others, the country-noir of Neko Case and, by popular demand, the return of French folk-rock duo Herman Dune. The full list of new confirmations, in alphabetical order, is:

Bob Lind
David Thomas Broughton
Darren Hayman
Dirty Projectors
First Aid Kit
Herman Dune
Iain Archer
The Leisure Society
Neko Case
Richmond Fontaine
Tiny Vipers
Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Fleet Foxes and Explosions in the Sky are confirmed so far to headline the Friday and Saturday, with other acts including: The Acorn, Alela Diane, Archie Bronson Outfit, Bob Log III, The Boy Least Likely To, Broken Family Band, Charlie Parr, Dan Sartain, Dent May, The Dodos, Efterklang, Explosions in the Sky, Howlin Rain, Joe Gideon and the Shark, J Tillman, Lay Low, The Lost Brothers, The Low Anthem, Magnolia Electric Co, Malcolm Middleton, Motel Motel, Mumford and Sons, The Mummers, Ohbijou, Okkervil River, Papercuts, Peter Broderick, Sam Baker, Sparrow & The Workshop, Steve Earle, Tallest Man on Earth, This Frontier Needs Heroes, William Elliot Whitmore and Whispertown 2000

Tickets for the End of the Road Festival 2009 are available to buy from http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com

Prices are as follows…

Adults (aged 13+): £115
Children (aged 6 to 12): £30
Children (aged 5 and under): Free – but must ‘purchase’ free ticket in advance
Campervan: £35

The festival takes place from 11 – 13 September 2009 at Larmer Tree Gardens in North Dorset. All info at http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com.

Fleet Foxes join End of the Road Festival

fleet-foxes

Fleet Foxes is an indie folk band which formed in Seattle, Washington, United States in 2006. The band consists of Robin Pecknold (vocals, guitar), Skyler Skjelset (guitar), Christian Wargo (bass, guitar, vocals), Casey Wescott (keyboards, vocals) and J. Tillman (drums, vocals). They are signed to the labels Sub Pop and Bella Union.

Fleet Foxes released the six-track Fleet Foxes EP in 2006, a five-track EP, Sun Giant on April 8, 2008, and their debut full-length self-titled album, Fleet Foxes on June 3, 2008. It was given 4 stars by Rolling Stone, and compared to the likes of The Beach Boys, Animal Collective, and Crosby, Stills & Nash and Psycho Karaoke from Australia. On June 6, 2008, they received a 9.0 out of 10 in a review by Pitchfork for their self-titled LP, and on December 19th, the Sun Giant Ep and the self titled LP together shared the title of Pitchfork’s #1 album(s) of 2008.

The quintet describe their music as “baroque harmonic pop jams.” They have played at major venues such as the Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle, Washington, South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas and Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in May 2008. On June 24, 2008, Fleet Foxes went #1 on the CMJ Radio 200 Chart.
Fleet Foxes and Explosions in the Sky have been confirmed for headline slots at the End of the Road Festival 2009, with other confirmations including Okkervil River, Magnolia Electric Co, The Broken Family Band, The Acorn, The Dodos and Mumford and Sons.

Little need be said here about Fleet Foxes except that it’s hard to think of a better place to see them play than the leafy Garden Stage, with a glass of local cider and a peacock meandering about nearby. They’ll be headlining on the Saturday, with Explosions in the Sky taking the Friday slot.

In alphabetical order, the full list of artists announced today is as follows:

The Acorn
The Boy Least Likely To
The Broken Family Band
Dan Sartain
Dent May
The Dodos
Explosions in the Sky
Fleet Foxes
J Tillman
The Lost Brothers
Magnolia Electric Co
Malcolm Middleton
Mumford and Sons
The Mummers
Ohbijou
Okkervil River
Papercuts

They join a lineup already including: Alela Diane, Archie Bronson Outfit, Bob Log III, Charlie Parr, Efterklang, Howlin Rain, Joe Gideon and the Shark, Lay Low, The Low Anthem, Motel Motel, Peter Broderick, Sparrow & The Workshop, Steve Earle, Tallest Man on Earth, This Frontier Needs Heroes, William Elliot Whitmore and Whispertown 2000

Tickets for the End of the Road Festival 2009 are available to buy from http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com. Prices are as follows…

Adults (aged 13+): £115
Children (aged 6 to 12): £30
Children (aged 5 and under): Free – but must ‘purchase’ free ticket in advance
Campervan: £35

The festival takes place from 11 – 13 September 2009 at Larmer Tree Gardens in North Dorset. All info at http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com.

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