30 Jun OKAY PLAYER: First Look Friday: Resiliency Is In The DNA Of Memphis’ Own Valerie June
If you haven’t heard the love-lorn, soulful, rich, powerfully beautiful, country twang-induced, rurally recognizable voice of this week’s First Look Friday subject then can you really call yourself an audiophile?
Fresh from Humboldt, Tennessee, Valerie June is a product of her environment + embodies pure strength, resiliency and confidence that makes her brand of “organic moonshine roots music” sound like home cooking to one’s ears. Mixing different elements and genres like a down home jumbalaya, Valerie loves these sounds and her voice—and blend of spice, sugar and vinegar—makes her familiar and distinctive at the same damn time.
First appearing on the music industry’s radar, Val was on the MTV series, $5 Cover, on an episode covering the modern music scene in Memphis back in 2009. She then released her collaborative EP with Old Crow Medicine Show, title Valerie June and the Tennessee Express, that led to her popping all over town. A medical setback forced her to reassess things in her life, yet she was able to fight against the odds thanks to her strong willed family. Read more here.