01 Mar PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE: Brooklyn’s Valerie June makes genre-confounding music with universal power
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Valerie June has one of those voices that floats out of the ether, a stunning yet comforting presence that offers up a healing salve in times of distress. It would be haunting if it wasn’t so soothing, betraying a timeless feel and a universal message that feels almost anachronistic in 2017. Yet it’s music that feels made for these times, if only because it offers us a reprieve from the stressful reality of the present.
June was born in Jackson, Miss. and lived in Memphis before eventually moving to New York. Yet despite residing up north, she maintains a honeyed, laconic Southern drawl when speaking about her genre-blending music. It traverses soul, Americana, blues, rock, and folk without being beholden to any of them.
“I just am who I am,” she says as her tour van makes its way to St. Louis. She’s currently on a lengthy tour leading up to the release of her excellent sophomore LP The Order of Time, which drops Fri. March 10. Read more here.