WXPN Features Valerie June as the XPN Artist to Watch for July
Self-taught musician, singer and songwriter from small-town Humboldt, Tennessee, Valerie June is a force to be reckoned with. She creates a stunningly emotive concoction of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian, and bluegrass that channels the classic American roots music of days gone by. With so many traditional influences mixed with the modern flair of her young age, and with the aid of album producers Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Kevin Augunas of Florence & The Machine, Valerie June’s debut album Pushin’ Against A Stone makes for an instant classic. The album is out on August 13th and she is slated to play the Tin Angel on August 15.
“We caught sight of Valerie June before she got signed and marveled at her thoroughly modern mix of all kinds of roots music. Blues, gospel, folk, R&B, bluegrass, Southern soul – June makes the most of the niches, highlighted by her confident voice,” says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. “June’s new album Pushin’ Against A Stone sits on a continuum of recent records like the Alabama Shakes and Laura Mvula in that it draws on the past to create something new, fresh and exciting.”
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Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.
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