13 Aug BOSTON GLOBE: Valerie June, ‘Pushin’ Against a Stone’
“Pushin’ Against a Stone,” the remarkable debut by Valerie June, is the sound of an artist who carries the weight of the world in her voice but has never forgotten her roots. June grew up in Tennessee but makes music that’s hardly tethered to time, genre, or even a single mode for the way she sings. She forges an aesthetic that’s at once rural and urban, with traces of soul, country, gospel, and the blues.
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