What are the chances that ‘Starbucks’ Song Pick of the Week’ can enhance the consumption of one’s favorite beverage on a warm morning while flipping through the paper? “You Can’t Be Told,” is the Starbucks feature from Concord Music Group artist, Valerie June. The title of the album is – “Pushin’ Against A Stone,” (released 8/13/2013) and it features twelve selections. Her sound is described as organic moonshine roots, it’s very acoustic in nature, lots of strumming strings, memorable melodies, great conversational content and an unforgettable signature voice. She’s certainly one of the ‘futuristic’ three little birds Bob Marley sang about.
The album brings together the talents of acclaimed producers Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe, Florence + The Machine), Dan Auerbach, and Peter Sabak, along with an all-star cast of musicians ranging from Booker T. and Jimbo Mathus to some of Hungary's top session players. The album was recorded at Easy Eye in Nashville, Fairfax Recording in Van Nuys, CA, and Studio H in Budapest.
June grew up in the small town of Humboldt, TN, before moving to Memphis, and she pays tribute to her home with charismatic Southern charm on "Tennessee Time." She spent years honing a distinctive sound that effortlessly shifts between eras and genres: from the indie-blues slide guitar shuffle of "Can't Be Told," and the heavenly harmonies of traditional spiritual "Trials, Troubles, Tribulations," to the stark, acoustic "Workin' Woman Blues," and the uncanny darkness of "Twined and Twisted." June is haunting and melancholy, singing of loneliness on "Somebody To Love," then fiery and defiant, taking a life to save hers on "You Can't Be Told." At one moment she’s seductive in a sensual come-on, fragile and vulnerable the next in a display of naked honesty.
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