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Valerie June

Valerie June - Live Concert - 2013

by Rita Houston

Valerie June draws on the rich wellspring of American roots music to create her fresh modern take on the blues. Her love of the blues tradition is clear, but her own life experiences — from growing up in Jackson, Tennessee to living in her current home of Brooklyn — fully inform her songs. This FUV Live performance from City Winery is one of the most musically wide-ranging sets I've heard in a long while. From her solo songs to full band arrangements with trumpet, this show is a rewarding listen and marks the arrival of a new artist worth knowing about.