12 Feb PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Valerie June shines brightly at Carnegie Lecture Hall
“I could sing you a country tune/and carry the name Sweet Valerie June/But I got soul/yeah, I got soul/yeah, I got sweet soul.”
Valerie June did do a country tune, some quiet, fingerpicking folk, a little dirty Southern blues. She strapped on an electric for thrashy garage rock, talked about her love life and her house plants, and probably could have stood there reading the decision from the Ninth Circuit Court.
It would have had soul, too, because everything about Valerie June seems to have soul — and a beautiful, free spirit, to go with a radiant smile, wild dreadlocked hair and graceful moves.
A sold-out crowd was privileged to have the singer from Tennessee in its presence Saturday night at Carnegie Lecture Hall, as part of the Warhol Sound Series. It began, of all things, with her drummer out there alone for a teasing brush solo. Then her scruffy band strolled out, and so did she, in a paisley top and long, sheer pink skirt, carrying her purse and a paper coffee cup. Read more here.