Doing two blog posts today, since I missed yesterday!
So let's talk about Valerie June. OH MY GOD.
I just heard her on the radio last night and I'm impressed.
She's like June Carter Cash, Erykah Badu and Bob Dylan mixed. It's weird, man. But I love her so much. I've been immersed in her music all night and all morning, listening to her debut album Pushin Against a Stone that she worked on with none other than Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys. I am not surprised at all. Auerbach co-wrote some songs also produced this for her.
Originally a duo with her ex-husband (husband at the time,) Bella Sun, Valerie June is originally from Memphis, TN. (of course. Can she be any cooler?) Honestly, I feel like a duo wouldn't work for her - she's such a powerhouse, she needs to be a lone wolf, so in a way it was for the best that they broke up. In 2011, she raised funds through Kickstarter to record her first album in Memphis, earing $15,000 in 60 days! She is now signed to Sunday Best records, a British recording company that is founded and run by BBC Radio. I haven't found any information whatsoever as to how she got involved with a recording company from England. Like, how did that happen? Anyway, I'm ending this blog post with her Tiny Desk Concert for NPR's All Songs Considered.