Valerie June - Pushin’ Against A StoneSunday Best
Valerie June’s music is a blend of country and blues with a touch of traditional spirituals thrown in for good measure. This may not be the usual sound to feature in these pages or indeed my record collection but there’s something very special about Pushin’ Against A Stone, in particular Workin’ Woman Blues, a blistering up-tempo, jazzy country-funk outing complete with a blaring horn section. Pure magic! Also check out the laid back bluesy soul groove, Wanna Be On Your Mind and the old school soul stepper The Hour. If you are a fan of Michael Kiwanuka then this is likely to appeal.
Andy Allen, 03/14