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Valerie June

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With a beautifully timeless voice, Valerie June blends folk, soul, blues and Appalachian traditional elements to tell unique stories. On this episode she makes her first appearance on the Austin City Limits stage performing songs from her luminous debut Pushin’ Against a Stone, hailed one of “the 50 Best Albums of 2013” by Rolling Stone.

Valerie June’s songs effortlessly shift between eras and genres. Spin writes that Pushin’ Against a Stone “masterfully combines pristine sound with rough-hewn simplicity” to present the music of the past in a fresh new way that “sounds reassuringly familiar yet original at the same time.”

Pushin’ Against a Stone also “showcases a stunning and unique new voice,” wrote The Austin Chronicle. The Independent‘s Andy Gill describes her voice as “the most strikingly individual delivery I’ve heard in ages.” Percolating somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday, June’s is a stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks voice, the kind that grips your imagination and paints her Southern portraits in vivid detail. Many of those portraits are drawn from Tennessee, where June grew up between the small towns of Humboldt and Jackson.

“I feel like my whole life I’ve always had a stone I’ve been pushing,” she says, explaining the record’s title. “Some days it’s a good thing to have, like a best friend, and sometimes it’s your worst enemy.”

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