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From the Country Standard Time Archives

Allison Moorer: an angelic concert experience

The Roxy, West Hollywood, Cal., Nov. 9, 2000

By Dan MacIntosh

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - In her simple top, blue jeans and sandals, Allison Moorer looked just like an unassuming high school student as she took the stage with her five-piece band. But from small things mamma, Bruce Springsteen once sang, big things one day come, and this petite flower sang like an assertive mamma tonight.

The deepness in Moorer's voice gives it an undeniable authority and implies more experience than any written resume could ever reveal. In her brief hour set, Moorer was still able to touch upon a variety of musical bases. "Send Down An Angel" floated with a dreamy quality, "Don't Have A Gun" burned with Southern rock feel and "No Next Time" ended with the kind of moodiness normally associated with alternative groups like Radiohead.

The evening's most touching moment came when Moorer was left alone on the stage with just her acoustic guitar to perform the autobiographical "Cold Cold Earth," which tells the tragic story about how her father murdered his wife, before taking his own life. This moment left a hush within the walls of this normally bustling club.

Moorer honored a request for some Willie Nelson by encoring on "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," with only two acoustic guitarists flanking her on each side. This was a fitting closure, since it is truly an angelic experience each time Moorer sings.

And just like angels from above, this beautiful creature has powers well beyond what her frail appearance might imply.