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Allison Moorer: Dingwalls, London

John Aizlewood, The Guardian, 16 October 2000

SHE MAY BE TRADITIONAL down to her oft-repeated felicitations to "y'all", but Alabama's Allison Moorer is hardly a typical country woman, and not solely because she is her own lyricist. In a genre marked by mawkish addiction to despair, she and older sister Shelby Lynne understand genuine tragedy. Fourteen years ago, when Moorer was herself 14, her father shot and killed her mother and then himself.

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