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Soul - Released March 12, 2021 | Fantasy

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Valerie June is the true embodiment of the music of Memphis, her hometown: soul, blues, gospel, folk, country. She calls hers "organic moonshine roots music," and sure, why not? She's collaborated with everyone from Eric Church to Meshell Ndegeocello to rapper John Forté, but never acts like a chameleon to fit their genres; if anything, it would be almost impossible. After all, June's voice is a singular force—reedy, elastic, touched with that distinct West Tennessee twang, highly emotive. It is not a thing of traditional beauty, and yet the quality of her voice is incredibly beautiful (albeit very much a love-it-or-hate-it situation). It is mesmerizing on the old-school soul of "Call Me a Fool"—a track worthy of Otis Redding or Sam Cooke, and featuring the iconic Carla Thomas; June warbles and growls and hits some note way up the atmosphere while the horns swoon and sway. There's an appealing retro feel, too, to opener "Stay," with its marching drums and strings arranged by none other than Lester Snell, a Stax session legend who brought richness to the songs of Al Green and Isaac Hayes. June merges gospel and doo-wop for "You and I" and incorporates what sounds like pedal steel into the bottom-heavy classic soul of "Two Roads." The singer firmly places herself in the company of contemporaries Cat Power and Brittany Howard with the moving, high lonesome sounds of "Colors," and keeps it nice and easy on the sun-dappled "Fallin." She sounds almost ghostly leaning into a nervous hip-hop beat on "Within You"; the delivery of lines like "The body cannot ho-o-o-o-old" sends shivers. When those Snell strings kick in, followed by a child-like choir, it's majestic. June has said the glorious "Smile" was inspired by watching footage of old civil rights marches. As the drums and bass bounce and June sings, "Well I dust it off, yes I get back up...all I can do is smile" to a faint melodic echo of "The Locomotion," the message is clear: Even if someone else owns your misery, they can't own your joy. This is true Americana. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz
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Pop - Released March 10, 2017 | Concord Records

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Following up her critically lauded 2013 label debut, Pushin' Against a Stone, Tennessean Valerie June offers The Order of Time, an ethereal dream sequence of Americana and roots music filtered through her own unique tendencies. What's refreshing about June is her gift for nuance, working unhurriedly through tones of Appalachian folk, gospel, blues, and even dream pop without feeling the need to hit listeners over the head with an overwrought delivery or even draw that much attention to her own stylistic diversity. With The Order of Time, she exudes the languid pace of the South with poetic songs and spacy arrangements that breeze out through the screen door. Though crowded with standouts, it's an album best enjoyed in full with a sequence that ebbs and flows with emotion and hidden intentions. From the sweet and slow nostalgia of "Long Lonely Road" to the droning enchantments of "If And" and the gently rousing dream-soul of "Got Soul," June weaves her strange and inviting spell, making it all seem so nonchalant. Her relaxed vocal style is distinctive and the frequent doubling of her vocal lines gives the songs a strangely alluring vibe amid the expansive organ, piano, and guitar parts. Where the slightly showier Pushin' Against a Stone covered a wider variety of styles, The Order of Time tends to flow more smoothly and gives the feeling that you've stumbled on a 45-minute section of ongoing music that has no beginning and no end. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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Soul - Released October 9, 2020 | Fantasy

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Country - Released May 6, 2013 | Sunday Best Recordings

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Pushin' Against a Stone, Valerie June's Concord debut, is the fruit of over a decade of dues paying by the native Tennessean after three self-released "bootleg" recordings. While her music is steeped in various musical traditions of the South -- blues, black and country gospel, soul, and Appalachian folk -- she combines them so idiosyncratically, with canny production from Kevin Agunas and Dan Auerbach, that they openly embrace the possibilities of pop. June's instantly recognizable voice is big and reedy; standing firmly out front here, it falls in a lineage line between Eartha Kitt and Erykah Badu, with hints of the young Esther Phillips and even Dolly Parton. (For examples of the latter, check the string band waltz "Tennessee Time" or the world-weary folk narrative "Twined & Twisted.") While tradition is paramount in June's songs, it includes the present, making her the antithesis of a purist. Check opener "Workin' Woman Blues," where a skittering drumkit underscores urgent acoustic guitars, a funky bassline, and a jazzy, bumping, funky trumpet (reminiscent of Blue Mitchell) in a droning, griot-like blues. "The Hour" borrows the intro and outro from "I Put a Spell on You," and points to the darkness in the lyrics of the second verse. Yet the rest of the tune is a hybrid of early-'60s girl group pop and soul, complete with three-part harmony and a swelling B-3. That intro also makes its presence felt on the title track, adorned with wailing, fuzzed-out electric guitar atop a B-3 pulse, and June's delivery moves through Ray Charles' informed soul and Thomas A. Dorsey-infused gospel in the backing chorus. The only cover here is Estil C. Ball's "Trials, Troubles, Tribulations." It's an acoustic guitar and vocal duet (with Auerbach) that comes right out of the Carter Family but sounds contemporary. "Wanna Be on Your Mind," with its Rhodes piano and June's emphatic phrasing, references Phillips' early-'70s jazz-blues style. "Somebody to Love" is a ukulele and fiddle waltz, but it is soul, treated and gospelized by June's vocal and Booker T. Jones' organ. The single "You Can't Be Told" is a swampy blues with Jimbo Mathus on lead guitar that recalls R.L. Burnside in instrumentation, but June's delivery and her four-part call-and-response backing chorus make it a hypnotic, swaying groover. "Shotgun" features the songwriter accompanied only by her own bottleneck guitar offering a murder ballad. Its presentation is so subtle and smooth, it becomes jarring when the listener takes in the lyric. Despite her slippery blend of styles, June's songs on Pushin' Against a Stone reveal there is one historical place she doesn't deviate from: the storyteller's, a Southern hallmark. Despite being a shade too long, this is a solid endeavor that asks many questions even as spins its tales. © Thom Jurek /TiVo

Pop - Released September 8, 2017 | Concord Records

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Following up her critically lauded 2013 label debut, Pushin' Against a Stone, Tennessean Valerie June offers The Order of Time, an ethereal dream sequence of Americana and roots music filtered through her own unique tendencies. What's refreshing about June is her gift for nuance, working unhurriedly through tones of Appalachian folk, gospel, blues, and even dream pop without feeling the need to hit listeners over the head with an overwrought delivery or even draw that much attention to her own stylistic diversity. With The Order of Time, she exudes the languid pace of the South with poetic songs and spacy arrangements that breeze out through the screen door. Though crowded with standouts, it's an album best enjoyed in full with a sequence that ebbs and flows with emotion and hidden intentions. From the sweet and slow nostalgia of "Long Lonely Road" to the droning enchantments of "If And" and the gently rousing dream-soul of "Got Soul," June weaves her strange and inviting spell, making it all seem so nonchalant. Her relaxed vocal style is distinctive and the frequent doubling of her vocal lines gives the songs a strangely alluring vibe amid the expansive organ, piano, and guitar parts. Where the slightly showier Pushin' Against a Stone covered a wider variety of styles, The Order of Time tends to flow more smoothly and gives the feeling that you've stumbled on a 45-minute section of ongoing music that has no beginning and no end. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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Pop - Released April 12, 2019 | Fantasy

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Pop - Released November 17, 2017 | Concord Records

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Soul - Released June 11, 2021 | Fantasy

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 20, 2013 | Sunday Best

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Ambient/New Age - Released November 22, 2019 | Fantasy

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Ambient/New Age - Released November 22, 2019 | Fantasy