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Get old-school with Roots Singer-Songwriter Valerie June's new single “Workin' Woman Blues.” #SoundCheck

Born and bred in rural Tennessee, singer-songwriter Valerie June makes the kind of roots music that might as well come with a mason jar of moonshine. It's a laid-back easy folk-blues laced with a hint of soul courtesy of producer Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys), among others. Her latest single is the smokey “Workin' Woman Blues”, produced by Peter Sabak in Budapest, Hungary. (we featured the video a while ago, but she just made the track available for download)

“Workin' Woman Blues” evokes classic sounds while somehow still sounding new. It's a powerful alchemy; transforming minimal guitars to maximal soul. “I ain't fit to be no mother / I ain't fit to be no wife yet / I been workin' like a man, y'all / I been workin' all my life.” Valerie sings with a slight country twang while her backing band builds behind her with a subtle intensity. If “fall in the mountains” were a genre of music, it would probably sound like this.
Her debut full length Pushing Against A Stone is set to come out this spring. In the meantime, you can pick up the single on iTunes or pre-order the 7” single.

- Words by Nathan Leigh

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Comment by KUUMBA FREEQUE on December 3, 2012 at 4:36pm

AUTHENTIC! We digg thys chic 4 reel...

Comment by X-D-D-M*9 on November 29, 2012 at 11:13am

Just watched her interview on the Coil Review.  I like her sense of humor, confidence, openess and lack of pretense.  No corny artsy posturing;  she comes off as a really cool sister happy to be doing what she does.  Scored more points with me, I'm going to watch out for her work.

Comment by X-D-D-M*9 on November 29, 2012 at 10:42am

Good sound & original voice.  I like the added horn elements.

Comment by edward little jr. on November 28, 2012 at 6:19pm

I like this sister. Id rather hear this than some Taylor Swift.

Comment by Aries 2.0 on November 28, 2012 at 1:48am

damn nice

Comment by Enemy of Time on November 26, 2012 at 3:42am
Comment by Captain Africa on November 24, 2012 at 6:32pm

i used to gig with her back in tennessee

Comment by Lars Maximus))) on November 23, 2012 at 9:25pm

That is legit. I would enjoy her live, I am sure it would be a good sweaty juke joint whipping up a frenzy and skirts lifting and hips rolling,... sorry. Foaming a little but I would check out more of her or their tunes!

Comment by DDm on November 23, 2012 at 1:37pm

I like this lady!

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