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Pushin' Against A Stone

Valerie JuneAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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"It's been a long night if that's what happened," Valerie June laughs when asked about her seemingly overnight breakout in the UK. By the time she released her debut album, Pushin' Against A Stone, the Tennessee native had already performed on Later… with Jools Holland, sung a stunning duet with Eric Church at the ACM Awards, toured with Jake Bugg, graced spreads ... Read more in Amazon's Valerie June Store

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  • Audio CD (August 13, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00C061I1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Workin Woman Blues
2. Somebody To Love
3. The Hour
4. Twined & Twisted
5. Wanna Be On Your Mind
6. Tennessee Time
7. Pushin Against A Stone
8. Trials, Troubles, Tribulations
9. You Cant Be Told
10. Shotgun
11. On My Way

Editorial Reviews

Valerie June brings an eclectic mix of folk, soul, Appalachian, bluegrass, blues and gospel to her unique sound. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from Jackson, Tennessee, Valerie honed her sound in the vibrant Memphis atmosphere. The majority of her debut album, Pushin Against a Stone, was produced by Kevin Augunas (Florence & the Machine, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys with the track Workin Woman Blues produced by Peter Sabak in Budapest. Pushin Against a Stone will be released in August through Concord Music Group.

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The musical landscape just changed.... May 19, 2013
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I recently went to the U.K., and created an itunes account while I was there. This was available in their store in April, and this week they offered one of her songs as the "free single of the week". Amazing that I had to go to another continent to find out about an artist who is from Tennessee, just up the road from where I live. I believe she is going to set the music world on fire. There is something about the way she looks, coupled with the honesty and pureness of her music that just captivates. It's twangy, bluesy, and even has shades of Winehouse in there as well. I'm really glad Amazon is making the "on demand" cd-r of this album available, since the album doesn't drop here until August. The sound is great, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves discovering a new artist who's blossoming--before the rest of the world catches on. She is definitely one to watch. Google her, and check out the youtube video introducing this album. I suspect she is a huge star in the making. She's certainly stirring things up in the U.K.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Recently there has been a plethora of neo-folk bands and solo singers that have all started to sound the same. Throw in some hand clapping with a little banjo and a group of people shouting the chorus, and it's automatically "real" and serious music. It's only when comparing some of these bands and singers to the real deal when it becomes clear how average and dull they are. Valerie June is the real deal. She has this music deep in her Jackson, Tennessee born soul. It's not forced or contrived. It's not pop music trying to hide under a few strands of double bass. It's quite frankly some of the best modern fusion folk music to have come from this whole modern folk movement.

Let's start with Valerie's voice. Astonishingly unique and instantly identifiable. Part Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Dolly Parton yet all Valerie. On the more upbeat songs, it tends to go rather flatly stylized very reminiscent of early 1940s folk bands like the Carter Family or Hank Williams. On the softer songs, her tone is simply flawless showing much more range and a real talent for finding the groove to a song. Genuine and heartfelt, it makes me feel like home.

The music is really something special as well. It's not merely borrowing an occasional twang--it is unapologetic folk music. Albeit folk music that has been influenced by the delta blues, Southern spirituals and jazz. In Valerie's own words: "It's moonshine roots music." Produced by Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, ZZ Ward) and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, this album has just enough modern sensibilities to make it much more accessible than old 1920s recordings of traditional Appalachian music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BACK TO ROOTS EPIPHANY August 18, 2013
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When describing this album to a friend I said that Valerie June is the female
counterpart to Otis Taylor--blending to various degrees Jazz, Soul, Folk, Rock
and Blues into a united "rootsie" whole. If the first song (Workin' Woman blues)on Ms. June's new album was played by Otis Taylor with his daughter
Cassie singing you would not argue that it was one of his compositions and
arrangements, especially with the lovely horn work. With further listening
though you find some distinct differences--in some songs there is a decidedly
"garage rock" sound that you don't really find in Otis Taylor's music.
Dan Auerbach's production and guitar work seems to have had a lot to do
with the brilliance and character of this record, his gritty production
seems to perfectly balance Valerie's pure childlike voice and add real spice
to her sometimes simple, stark songs. Let's hope they do a few albums together as
this one has been stuck in my CD player since I got it. All the songs are great,
I especially find the title song, The Hour and Shotgun to be masterful.
It is good to see people like Ms. June, Otis
Taylor, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cold Specks etc. bring some
earthiness back to and not be embarrassed by their esthetically important musical heritage-- they are actually bringing something vital and fresh into the "retro
roots" mix. Buy this CD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Release Of The Year, No Doubt About It August 21, 2013
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This is a great release that's hard to stop listening to. It is totally unique. I caught Valerie June playing banjo at a Memphis club a few years ago and was knocked out. She was unique in appearance, had a voice to match, and she was playing blues on a banjo. Her voice reminded me of Jessie Mae Hemphill's -- old and wise, but childlike too. When we talked about her music, she revealed a great enthusiasm for the American roots musicians she had learned from. I bought her solo CD off the bandstand and have listened to it a lot since then. With "Pushing Against A Stone" Valerie June has taken a giant leap toward landing a unique place in music. Much the way Bob Dylan did with "Highway 61 Revisited", remaining himself while wrapping his music up in a package unlike any heard before, June has done the same with her new release. Her melodies would be beautiful alone, but the arrangements add luscious textures -- strange sounding fuzz guitars, ethereal vocal doubling and echoes, horns, percussion and banjo that all combine to create a general feeling that you have gone back in time in some futuristic way. What does that mean? It means the release will surely grab your ears. Buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry for the cliche... but this was an instant classic for me
I heard her on NPR and within the first few bars of the first track I felt that tugging sensation inside my chest that music used to do for me when I was younger and listening to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. Barno
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Not Background Music - You Will Listen
I love this recording. Valerie June has one of those voices that will grab your attention and reel you in. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Stephen Crafts
5.0 out of 5 stars instant classic
love her distinct voice and style.. listen to workin woman on repeat every morning when i get ready for work. really gets me going!
Published 9 days ago by jason c abellana
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Saw her on Rachel Ray & was FLOORED ! She's got an old soul ! And reminds me of Billy Holliday with Tennessee lyrics ! She is from TN & writes about that ! Just great !!
Published 9 days ago by CoDee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I'm glad I discovered this cd. Real music that resonates with me and just the right length with no"filler" tracks. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tracey Elam
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique voice & a beautiful collection of songs.
She's so good! A unique voice. I loved the album - every song on it.
And she's great live too.
Published 16 days ago by cedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Old time music by a contemporary voice
An excellent example of the new Americana style. Valerie June's unique voice and style blends the new with the traditions and sounds of a time gone by. She is one to watch.
Published 17 days ago by SFTechnique
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year
Album of the YEAR in my book.

I listened to the album at least 5x in a row the first day I got it and it only gets better each time.
Published 17 days ago by Michael Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
A wonderful collection of songs from marvelous Valerie June, her voice, lyrics and guitar, all gorgeous! thank you for the music.
Published 24 days ago by chol baker
5.0 out of 5 stars New old music.
I gave this to my niece for a gift. She loves it. I like it too. I have been hearing samples of some of these songs now and then. I searched this record out. I'm glad I did. Read more
Published 26 days ago by tiger
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