First Listen: Valerie June, ‘Pushin’ Against A Stone’ : NPR

Asked about the first time she ever performed a song, Valerie June once recalled a scene in her family’s driveway in Jackson, Tenn. It was right after a storm — the kind of Southern downpour that drives even the most determined children inside. The pint-sized June sank to her knees on the pavement and raised her small, strong voice to the heavens: Rain, rain, go away! That’s the end of the story as she told it, but listening to the powerful blues-country-gospel-rock balladry of Pushin’ Against a Stone, it’s easy to imagine that it didn’t rain again for days.

via First Listen: Valerie June, ‘Pushin’ Against A Stone’ : NPR.

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