'Big Noise' is Wynonna Judd's "battle cry" after husband's ordeal
Moser, chatting with his wife, says he views Big Noise as both "a left turn" and a return to form for Judd. "We didn't want to think about making something that fit the country music market. She and her mom made music that was as pure as you can get, just amazing voices with acoustic guitars. There are some bluesier rock edges on the album, but some parts are as straight-ahead as what they did in 1984."
The project, and Moser and Judd's marriage, were tested early on: Just months after their wedding, a motorcycle crash left Moser severely injured; his left leg had to be amputated below the knee. "His hand was shattered, so he had to struggle to hold a fork," Judd adds. "He was doing physical therapy in bed, not able to take a shower by himself. Our bedroom was turned into a medical facility."
Fitted with a prosthetic leg, Moser, 58, can now get around without a walker. "And he's playing more passionately than ever," Judd says. "I've seen him overcome so many obstacles. The sight of him using the stairs again for the first time had me in tears."
Granted, neither love nor adversity have made the famously feisty Judd entirely sentimental. When she says that she and Moser are "pretty much together 24/7" and that "I've never been around anyone this much that I enjoy this much," there's a sliver of self-effacing dryness in her voice, as if she's poking fun at her own contentment.
"Honey," she tells Moser at one point, "you're so positive that it's irritating at times." Judd quips, "I call him Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky, because he's been to hell and back, and if anyone complains it's me. I'm still the one who takes two hours to get ready for a show."
Turning serious again, she says Big Noise "is the album I will call my absolute battle cry, because it's me with my fists in the air, saying 'I will overcome.' That's what we've done."