9th May 2013
The debut album from Valerie June, ‘Pushin’ Against a Stone’, out now!
‘Valerie June’s combination of country moonshine and Deep South soul make her a major star-in-waiting’ – Evening Standard
‘A moment worth waiting for…her voice that really lingers in the memory’ – The Observer
‘Stunning’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Born to sing’ – Sunday Times Culture
On Monday 6th May, Jackson, Tennessee’s Valerie June released her new album ‘Pushin’ Against a Stone’ through Sunday Best. Valerie June is a self-taught musician, singer and songwriter whose achingly beautiful vocal coupled with a stunning and emotive amalgamation of folk, blues, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass places her as at home with century old roots artists of years gone by as it does with her modern contemporaries.
Valerie came to the fore after a mesmerising debut UK television performance of ‘Workin’ Woman Blues’ on BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland last November. She went onto wow audiences supporting Americana legend Ryan Bingham during the UK and European leg of his tour. On a recent trip to the UK she took the stage supporting one of the most exciting British singer songwriters to emerge on the scene; Jake Bugg before headlining her very own show at London’s 100 Club to a sold out crowd.
The 100 Club gig marked the release of Valerie’s single ‘You Can’t Be Told’ written by Valerie with Dan Auerbach (multi-Grammy winnersThe Black Keys) and Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Florence & The Machine) and recorded at Dan’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville along with several other tracks on the album ‘Pushin’ Against a Stone’. ‘It was crazy there’ Valerie says ‘it was like a candy store of instruments and tape machines. He must have been collecting this stuff for years, old microphones lined up like an army, all kinds of banjos and mandolins. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to work with them. It’s no surprise to me they’re able to recreate that vintage sound from the 60s and 70s because of their equipment and their knowledge of how to use it.’ The album also features another Grammy award winner, the legendary Booker T. Jones.
Valerie returns to the UK in May to celebrate the release of her album and for her debut UK headline tour including a show at London Dingwalls on 16th May. The full run of shows is North Yorkshire The Band Room on 10th May, Birmingham Glee Club on 13th May,Glasgow King Tuts on 14th May, Manchester Deaf Institute on 15th May and London Dingwalls on 16th May.