09 Jul AMERICAN SONGWRITER: Tweaking Tradition: A Q&A With Valerie June
You may know Valerie June as the siren in red who accompanied Eric Church at the most recent ACM Awards. Or you might’ve heard her conjuring Nina Simone on Meshell Ndegeocello’s album last year, or pulling her weight in a roots revivalist string band alongside Luther Dickinson, Amy LaVere, Shannon McNally and Sharde Thomas before that, or serving as the subject of a mini-doc made by the director of Hustle & Flow even earlier.
There’s an equally good chance that you’re encountering the Tennessee-born, banjo- and guitar-picking songwriter for the very first time, since she’s been concentrating on promoting her music overseas, where European critics have crowned her an exotic creature and thrilled to her southern drawl. At long last, her album Pushin’ Against A Stone is due stateside, and you’ll find that her tradition-tweaking vision and voice immediately stand out. Read more here.