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Memphis Roots Singer Valerie June Shines With Major Label Debut

October 3, 2013 - Valerie June has been recording her blend of folk, blues and Appalachian influenced music since the mid-2000’s with local releases in Memphis.

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From her distinctive voice, to a vast array of influences, and even her signature dreadlocks there's little about Valerie June that doesn't garner intrigue. From Memphis, Tennessee, June squashes expectations and dismisses genre labels with the release of her first full-length album, Pushin' Against A Stone. June has been working at her craft for some years now, self-releasing 3 EPs and lining up fans that range from Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys to producer/songwriter/musician Richard Swift and even a soul legend like Booker T. Jones. All of these men lend a helping hand on Valerie's debut, which is sure to only broaden her fan base.
On Friday, August 16 Valerie June and Little Comets will join forces for a double header Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live.



Valerie June is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Inspired by her childhood growing up in Jackson, Tennessee attending a Gospel church, as well as her father's appreciation for R&B and soul music, June combines folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul, and Appalachian music to form her own unique sound, experimenting with guitar, banjo, and lap-steel guitar. In 2009 June was featured on the MTV online show $5 Cover, which followed the lives of Memphis-based musicians attempting to make ends meet. June has since gone on to collaborate with fellow Tennessee-based band Old Crow Medicine Show and, more recently, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Florence & The Machine) who co-wrote and produced her album Pushin' Against a Stone, which is set to release on August 13, 2013. Her song "You Can't Be Told" was chosen as the featured song of the week by The Key and her upcoming show at the Tin Angel on Thursday, August 15 is sponsored by WXPN. For tickets and more information visit the ticketing page


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Recent Release: Pushing Against A Stone
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Label: Concord Records

English indie rockers Little Comets broke out onto the indie music scene in 2009 with their first single "One Night in October," which debuted at number 3 on the UK independent music chart. The band followed up with the single "Adultery" later that year and toured as support for bands such as Hockey and The Noisettes before releasing their first full-length album In Search of Elusive Little Comets in 2011. The band has since followed up with the album Life Is Elsewhere in 2012, but have yet to debut an album in the U.S. Although the album won't make it's American debut until August 20th, they are currently offering a free five-song sampler download

The band will also be in town on Wednesday, August 14 when WXPN Welcomes them to the North Star Bar. For tickets and more information visit the ticketing page


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Recent Release: Life Is Elsewhere
Release Date: August 20, 2013 (U.S.)
Label: Dualtone Music Group / U.S.

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From her distinctive voice, to a vast array of influences, and even her signature dreadlocks there's little about Valerie June that doesn't garner intrigue. From Memphis, Tennessee, June squashes expectations and dismisses genre labels with the release of her first full-length album, Pushin' Against A Stone. June has been working at her craft for some years now, self-releasing 3 EPs and lining up fans that range from Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys to producer/songwriter/musician Richard Swift and even a soul legend like Booker T. Jones. All of these men lend a helping hand on Valerie's debut, which is sure to only broaden her fan base.

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