Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues
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Hers is a spellbinding twilight voice, from Jackson in the heart of Tennessee. “I was raised listening to a great many voices of all types” says Valerie. “Some people could sing, some were out of tune and off beat, but it all sounded great to me. My favourite voices were the ones at my grandmother and grandfather’s church, Highway 45 Church of Christ in Kentucky.”
For years June quietly learnt and worked on her music in Memphis, where her magnetic Southern charm and stunning stage presence earned her a lot of attention. A self-taught guitarist, banjoist and songwriter, June has crafted a sound that draws on the best of southern traditions. Influenced by a kaleidoscope of artists from Nick Drake, Cohen and Dylan to The Carter Family, Elizabeth Cottten and on. Valerie’s is true moonshine roots music, a warm mix of aching vintage country, gospel and powerful delta blues. Having just completed recording her debut album, some of which was written and produced with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) Valerie is ready to serve up her unique sound to the world.
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