Obsessed: Valerie June


Every time I think of this one I think of her waltzing into church on Christmas Eve looking like a badass with her wrap skirt and dreads tied on top of her head. I, of course, looked far less cool in my pearls and some skirt/cardigan combination that Cathy picked out. Yes, I grew up with her family – two brothers and two sisters who are all as gorgeous and talented as she – so I guess you could say I’ve been a fan for a while.

She moved to Memphis after high school and in lieu of art school, taught herself how to play just about any instrument she could get her hands on, including the guitar and my personal favorite, ukulele  She wrote songs, played shows, cut a couple albums and traveled all over working hard while making it all look effortless. Soon enough, she caught the eye of a couple major producers – Kevin Augunas (Florence & the Machine, J Roddy) and Dan Auerbach, holla! – and released Pushin’ Against A Stone earlier this month.

 She’s performed on the ACM Awards and Letterman, and is featured in the September issue of VOGUE. She sounds like the perfect mix of Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday, with a little Dylan added to taste, AND she sings “I am ready for my sugar daddy” in a song titled, Workin’ Woman Blues. Need I say more?

Check her out. Thank me later.


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