SXSW '17: Valerie June | No. 8
Memphis soul-stress Valerie June joined the SXSW line up this year, bringing us her groovy bluesy tracks from the deep South of America.
June had a really strong, healthy balance of solo performances and with her band, presenting a really diverse range of songs and styles.
Sometimes, the tunes with just her and her banjo were just the most soothing to hear, particularly song “Tennessee Time” was my favourite. This was a really beautiful acoustic song with a gorgeous vocal melody, lyrics full of emotion speaking about the love of her hometown of Tennessee.
June had a really authentic “Tenneesse” in her music, which is a really bold sound to take into a music industry populated by pop music competing with each other, one synth over another.
There’s a certain class in June’s music which is unique to her, and makes her appealing to one of the largest audience ranges I can think of, young to old, the happy and the sad, all over the world. Not too much heartbreak, and not drowned in politics, her music is just authentically from her heart and her mind, and you feel so close to June when hearing her perform live.
I was surprised to see the impact her music had on me, but that’s what music is for!