"On the back of her rustic acoustic guitar playing and her immediately recognizable, sometimes-childlike-sometimes-antiquated vocals, Valerie June mixes rural blues, Southern soul, back porch country, old-time gospel and Appalachian folk into a sonic stew she cheekily calls 'organic moonshine roots music.'"(Rolling Stone) June's sound is rich with emotion and a well-earned authenticity that she has come by honestly and naturally. On stage her dynamic vocals are complemented by her skilled instrumentation on the acoustic guitar, banjo, and lapsteel.
June has been hailed by the New York Times as one of America's "most intriguing, fully formed new talents." The New Yorker was captivated by her "unique, stunning voice," while Rolling Stone dubbed her "unstoppable," and NPR called her "an elemental talent born with the ability to rearrange the clouds themselves." Since the release of her 2013 breakout Pushin' Against A Stone, June has been patiently at work in the garden of song, nurturing seedlings with love and care into the lush bloom that is her stunning new album, The Order Of Time.
"The Order of Time," is louder and more confident than her beguiling debut. Her songs are steeped in electric blues and old-time folk, gilded in country twang and gospel yearning, and topped off with a hypnotically gnomish voice. Her politics are subtle and sly, mostly implicit and matter-of-fact, transmitted through images of love and other struggles. The emblematic song is "Got Soul," which June croons over Stax/Volt horns, banjo and bluegrass fiddle, celebrating cultural intersection as it's lived, and defining America's sustaining greatness in the process.
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