Folk Festival 2019
Memphis, TN/Brooklyn, NY
Raised in Tennessee, Valerie June grew up in a music-loving family steeped in gospel, blues, country and bluegrass, giving her the foundation to develop some serious songwriting skills. While June clearly has reverence for those traditional forms, the singer’s artistry lies in her ability to transform them into a simultaneously brazen, yet tender, style of expression that feels immediately familiar and startlingly fresh.
Though she does come armed with a banjo, a pedal steel and a guitar, June’s greatest weapon is her mesmerizing voice. With traces of a bluesy growl and a country twang and the ability to switch between honey drippin’ sweetness and world-weary wisdom, she’s unmistakably Southern, in the very best possible way. She’s worked with the Old Crow Medicine Show, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbachand and Meshell Ndegeocello, all company that paints a picture of the genres that June is able to span. On her latest album The Order of Time (for which she is reported to have written over 100 songs before choosing the 12 that would make the final cut), June weaves together languid melodies and a breezy vibe with lyrics that reach deep. With so much wound into a sound that ends up coming off as purely her own, June is bound to charm both traditionalists and new music fans alike.
Biography by Elizabeth Chorney Booth
A solo performance
Sunday July 28, 2019
6:25 PM – 7:30 PM · ATB Main Stage