08 Feb PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTER: Singer Valerie June: A voice for the ages
There has never been a voice quite like Valerie June’s, and it seemed to come out of nowhere in 2013.
But there was a reason it was so full of wonder and yet so seasoned.
She had a few years, clubs, coffeehouses and studios behind her before meeting Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach and working together on her breakout album, “Pushin’ Against a Stone.”
Where: Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets: $20; www.warhol.org
The 35-year-old (born Valerie June Hockett) from Jackson, Tenn., grew up in a musical churchgoing family (her father also did some concert promotion) and made her first noise after relocating to Memphis at 19. She released two indie albums and then put her dreams (along with her day jobs) on hold for a few years in her mid-20s after being diagnosed with diabetes.
Along with her energy being sapped, the money she saved to record music was diverted to medical bills.
A Kickstarter campaign got her on track to record “Pushin’ Against a Stone,” which she described as “organic moonshine roots music,” showcasing an oddly ancient-sounding voice that Rolling Stone would call “equal parts Diana Ross and Dolly Parton.” Read more here.