Valerie June - Pushin' Against a Stone (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 43:07 minutes | 464 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
Pushin' Against a Stone, Valerie June's Concord debut, is the fruit of over a decade of dues paying by the native Tennessean after three self-released "bootleg" recordings. While her music is steeped in various musical traditions of the South blues, black and country gospel, soul, and Appalachian folk she combines them so idiosyncratically, with canny production from Kevin Agunas and Dan Auerbach, that they openly embrace the possibilities of pop. June's instantly recognizable voice is big and reedy; standing firmly out front here, it falls in a lineage line between Eartha Kitt and Erykah Badu, with hints of the young Esther Phillips and even Dolly Parton.