17 Feb MEMPHIS FLYER: Valerie June Comes Home
Valerie June announced her return with “Shakedown,” a hill-country drone textured with keys and handclaps over a minimal, driving beat. The song stays coiled like a spring until the bridge, where the band cuts loose for a few wailing bars before settling back into the swing.
The Valerie June who is sporting glamorous polka dot slacks and a gold, low-slung electric guitar is very different from the woman who, only a few short years ago, was strumming an acoustic and singing her tunes in Midtown’s Java Cabana. But she says the songs she sings on her new album, The Order of Time, have their roots in the Bluff City. “I wrote the songs over the course of 10 or 12 years. Some when I was living in Memphis, some when I was on the road, some when I was in Brooklyn, and some when I was off in different places. That was about a decade of my life. It all takes time.” Read more here.