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Pushin' Against A StoneConcord Records is proud to present vocalist/musician and Tennessee native Valerie June and her debut project, Pushin' Against a Stone. The album has already received significant buzz with its recent European release, where it's earning critical and commercial success by reaching #1 on both the UK
Indie Breakers Chart and the French FNAC Independent Chart. And now, amid all this international hype, she is primed to make a splash here in the
States as well!
Valerie June is truly one of the most unique and fascinating talents to hit the music scene in recent time. This is her highly anticipated debut release.
Valerie's voice is one of distinction that effortlessly shifts between eras and genres, transporting you to another world the moment she begins to sing.
Produced by the acclaimed Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe, Florence + The Machine), Dan Auerbach and Peter Sabak. Features an all-star cast of musicians, including Booker T, Jimbo Mathus and more.1. Workin' Woman Blues
2. Somebody To Love
3. The Hour
4. Twined and Twisted
5. Wanna Be On Your Mind
6. Tennessee Time
7. Pushin' Against a Stone
8. Trials, Troubles, Tribulations
9. You Can't Be Told
11. On My Way$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love and PovertyStrange Faith is a new collaboration from country soul singer - songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols and producer Benedic
Lamdin, acclaimed for his Nostalgia 77 project alongside work with the likes of Prince Fatty, Valerie June and Jamie Cullum. A rich and vibrant, jazz-inflected twist on the trademark sound that has seen Nichols crowned The High priest of country cool by Rolling Stone.1. Sun Gone West
2. Hard Work In (Good Lovin Out)
3. Fair Weather
4. Just A Man
5. My Old Friend
7. Walking Over
8. Just A Few Feet From The Gutter
9. Tell Me Why
10. Sweetest Sweetheart
11. Say Thank You$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Order Of TimeValerie June's highly anticipated second album, The Order of Time, is set for release via Concord Records. On this enthralling and illuminating leap forward, the Tennessee-bred, Brooklyn-based songwriter weaves electric blues, African rhythms, cosmic atmospherics and delicate soul into an inventive and wholly original rumination on love, family, struggle and the passing of time. Produced by Matt Marinelli (Bad Brains), The Order of Time features twelve original songs all written by June.
Musically, June has refined and expanded her sound on the new album finding space from her previous work in its artful, self-assured restraint and overall cohesion. The collection's finely sketched character studies brim with richness and detail while June's ethereal, wide-open soundscapes provide a sterling backdrop for her remarkable Southern gospel and honey voice. Lyrical touch points such as 'dancing shadows,' 'hot suppers,' 'curious neighbors,' and 'holy water' draw the listener in and root these songs with density and weight.
The "inevitability of change" and "time as the ruler of Earth's rhythm," is the album's foundation, explains June. "And the knowledge that with resilience and faith things can work out."
"Long Lonely Road" is a reflective and somber lament as June's voice reverberates over ringing guitar and unhurried drums, whereas the entrancing blues of "If And" internalizes regret in the face of time's relentless churn. On the spiritual "Astral Plane," June's mystical vocal takes an otherworldly turn, whereas the sumptuous string arrangement on "With You," is reminiscent of Nico's most affecting work. Norah Jones adds her distinctive vocals to three tracks and "Shake Down" sparkles with background vocal contributions from her father, Emerson Hockett and brothers, Patrick and Jason Hockett.
The Order of Time follows June's 2013 breakout LP, Pushin' Against a Stone that established her as one of America's "most intriguing, fully formed new talents" according to the New York Times. She garnered praise from NPR, "a singular performer" and New York Magazine, "a powerful singer and a blunt, bruising songwriter." June also made memorable appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Saturday Morning, Rachael Ray, and Austin City Limits. She has toured with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Sturgill Simpson, and performed at Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall, and much more.1. Long Lonely Road
2. Love You Once Made
3. Shake Down
4. If And
5. Man Done Wrong
6. The Front Door
7. Astral Plane
8. Just In Time
9. With You
10. Slip Slide On By
11. Two Hearts
12. Got Soul$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Livin' On A High NoteMavis Staples has been a soul and gospel music legend for more than 50 years. Her work fronting the legendary Staples Singers defined the sound of politically-committed soul and influenced generations of musicians. As a solo artist in her own right she has helped to define much of what is righteous and soulful in American music.
With Livin' On A High Note, Mavis Staples has delivered the most joyful and uplifting record of her career. 12 original songs written exclusively for Mavis by some of the finest songwriters of our time including M .Ward, Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case, tune-yards, Nick Cave, John Baptiste, Justin Vernon, Aloe Blacc, and more.1. Take Us Back
2. Love And Trust
3. If It's A Light
5. High Note
6. Don't Cry
9. History Now
10. One Love
11. Jesus Lay Down Beside Me
12. MLK Song$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now