Already out in the U.K., with an August release date for the U.S., Valerie June's "Pushin' Against A Stone" has been quietly knocking me out for the last two days.
With three records already under her belt, two of them recorded in her birthplace of Memphis at the legendary Ardent Studios, and none of them coming close to my radar before this weekend, Valerie June may be on the verge of something huge with this new release, co-produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Kevin Augunas of Florence & The Machine fame.
Get inside this record. These songs, the arrangements and the attack, are big. "Pushin' Against The Stone" is full of heart, soul and sadness, and simply fantastic.
Country blues, folk, gospel and Memphis soul are all represented here and Valerie June sounds like she's been doing them all for her whole life.
Take a look.