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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.Read more ›
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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Great album that defies genre classification (at least to me). Listen to clips and then buy it!Published 1 month ago by venus
The music is steeped in rich tradition. June's voice is masterful. The production quality is excellent and artful. Here is an album I'll still be listening to in 20 years.Published 2 months ago by Dylan C. Maxwell
Mostly blues music, with a twist of rock, and a bit of soul. This is a unique blues album also, in that her voice has some country in it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Her voice, is amazing! Her lyrics sublime! I love her! I stumbled across this album and instantly fell in love!Published 2 months ago by Leah
Heard song from this cd on movie "Eva & Lila". thought it was beautiful and different. ordered cd. Lead singer has throaty, twangy, Appalachian type voice. Love this cd. Read morePublished 2 months ago by reddog