For someone on the verge of unleashing a vast reservoir of wrath for public consumption, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer sounded downright chipper, much like Rayna James on the night last year when the fictitious country music star of Nashville swept the imaginary version of the CMA Awards.
At this point in his career, Peter Frampton could have tossed out a second instrumental album and won another Grammy. Thankfully, this time out, he played his heart in addition to his axe, creating what could be the best album of his career.
Mary Gauthier's nakedly autobiographical song cycle is, inevitably, called "The Foundling." We've made a phone date because she wants to talk about it. I ask myself (just as you would): What's in this for me?