With her intense and moving semi-electric folk and utterly unique voice, Valerie June draws inspiration from her native Tennessee, a fertile musical terrain deeply rooted in country and blues. Initiated into music in the local church, where as child, she would absorb the majesty of gospel three times a week, Valerie June swiftly fell in love with the sounds of the ’20s and ’30s, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, The Carter Family and everything recorded by Alan Lomax. Moving to Memphis, she briefly joined a group before striking out on her own, learning guitar, banjo and ukulele. After releasing three self-produced albums including an EP recorded in Nashville in 2010, Valerie June and the Tennessee Express, she met producer Kevin Augunas, who took June under his wing and introduced her to Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The result was a debut studio album, Pushin’ Against a Stone (2013), and an introduction to the global audience.