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Musician Allison Moorer Opens Up About Family Tragedy With New Memoir, Album

When the singer-songwriter was just 14, her father killed her mother and then himself, leaving she and her sister — fellow musician Shelby Lynne — orphaned. She addresses the family’s saga with a book and an album, both called ‘Blood.’

Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer
Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.

Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer and her family were devastated by violence when she was just 14. Her father killed her mother and then himself, leaving Moorer and her sister and fellow musician Shelby Lynne orphaned.

For years, both were reluctant to talk about it. But now, Moorer has written a memoir and recorded an album to accompany it. Both are called Blood, and they’re all about her family before and after her parents’ deaths.

In the audio above, Moorer tells Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn what motivated her decision to tell her family’s story. And she explains how she tries to infuse some light into her music even amid such tragedy.

Moorer will perform some of the music from the album and tell stories on stage tonight at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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