NEW YORK TIMES: A Heady Brew of Organic Moonshine Roots
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NEW YORK TIMES: A Heady Brew of Organic Moonshine Roots

NEW YORK TIMES: A Heady Brew of Organic Moonshine Roots

Valerie June was a bundle of endearing eccentricities when she performed at the Highline Ballroom on Friday night. Between songs, with a mixture of candor and caginess, she offered glimpses of her past and present as leisurely shaggy dog stories, told in her rural Tennessee drawl. They were true-life tales of a country gal making her career in the wider world, savoring both the greens and corn bread her “mama” cooks and the baguettes and charcuterie of her current home, Brooklyn. She’s no bumpkin.

Valerie June, whose last name is Hockett, has neatly labeled her style “organic moonshine roots music.” She has recorded with the Old Crow Medicine Show, a Tennessee string band, and supplied down-home backup vocals for both the country songwriter Eric Church and the rapper John Forté.

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