Checking on the Arts
Mon May 21, 2012
Singer-Songwriter Valerie June Showcases Her Signature "Organic Moonshine Roots Music"
Hers is a twilight voice, a liquid silk from the heart of Tennessee. It is tailor-made for lullabies and lyric blues; and so, for that matter is Valerie June's spirit. For years June quietly built her brand in Memphis, where magnetic Southern charm and stunning stage presence earned her a feature spot on MTV web series $5 Cover. But no reality show could capture the true reality of this talent: a self-taught guitarist, banjoist and songwriter, June has crafted a sound that draws on the best of southern traditions.
This is organic moonshine roots music, a warm pastiche of achin' vintage country and powerful delta blues- and a style she had delivered on three solo albums, including her eponymous 2010 release. Although currently based in New York, Valerie June’s music has been embraced with overwhelming praise throughout the US, Ireland, Hungary and Germany.
She recently stopped by to chat and play a few tunes prior to her performance this month at The Beale Street Music Festival and her appearance at The Levitt Shell with Luther Dickinson's super-group "The Wandering".