Write this name down: Valerie June. The Tennessee born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is releasing Pushin’ Against A Stone on August 13 on Concord Records. Recorded mostly at The Black Keys’ Easy Eye Studio in Nashville and produced by Dan Auerbach and Kevin Augunas, June exhibits some very impressive musical versatility on her debut album. She calls what she does “Organic Moonshine Roots Music,” but that somehow connotes on old-timey sensibility that doesn’t accurately describe the breadth of her influences nor how she incorporates them. The old-time roots influences are in her music, yet there’s a very modern feel to what she does. June has released several albums and also recorded an album with The Wandering, with Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Amy LaVere, Shannon McNally, and Sharde Thomas. June is quite adept at fusing folk, R&B, blues, gospel, and country into a unique sound. June is playing the Tin Angel on August 15. This is one show you don’t want to miss.
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