Performances of Walter Hyatt
's "Tell Me Baby" at benefit shows for the late singer's family landed Moorer a contract with MCA Nashville
. Moorer's big break came when "A Soft Place to Fall," a track she had co-written with Gwil Owen
, was tapped for inclusion on the soundtrack of The Horse Whisperer; it garnered rave reviews, as well as an appearance in the film itself for Moorer, and set the stage for the singer's 1998 debut album, Alabama Song.
She returned with another solo effort in 2000 with The Hardest Part. Two years later, Moorer had a new deal with Universal South
and released a third album, Miss Fortune, later that summer. Show, which was recorded in January 2003 at Nashville's 12th & Porter, appeared in June. Her sister and Kid Rock
joined Moorer for this first-time live recording. Not slowing down, Moorer found a new label home with Sugar Hill
in early 2004. The Duel, recorded with a new studio band in less than two weeks, was released in April of 2004.
Moorer married singer/songwriter Steve Earle
and moved to New York in 2005, and in 2006 released Getting Somewhere. She followed it with a long tour, opening for Earle
and being a featured vocalist in the Dukes. Mockingbird, an album largely focused on covers of songs by many of Moorer's favorite female singer/songwriters, was released in early 2008. The following year, she appeared in The People Speak, a documentary directed by Anthony Arnove and Chris Moore, based on Howard Zinn
's landmark text A People's History of the United States. She also performed on the BBC television program Transatlantic Sessions and began recording a new album.
In February of 2010, she released Crows on Rykodisc
, featuring the singles "The Broken Girl" and "Just Another Fool." Well-received, the album peaked at number 11 on Billboard's Folk Albums chart. That April, she also gave birth to a son, who was ultimately diagnosed with autism. Moorer and Steve Earle
separated in 2014. Her eighth studio album, Down to Believing, was issued by E1
in the spring of 2015, produced by Kenny Greenberg.
Back in 2010, Moorer and Lynne
teamed for the Side by Side tour, and considered recording an album together. The plan was shelved until 2017 when they got together in Los Angeles with producer Teddy Thompson
and a small group of invited guest musicians including Benmont Tench
, Erik Deutsch
, Doug Pettibone, and Val McCallum
. The siblings chose to record a host of covers from the classic country canon, alongside contemporary fare by pop and Americana songwriters. Their lone co-written original was the set closer "Is It Too Much?" Titled Not Dark Yet, the album was released by Thirty Tigers
in August. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi