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Album Review: The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers by Valerie June
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When Valerie June arrived, she ignited conversations for the daring, easy way she mixed folk, soul, and Appalachian old-time music. The Memphis singer-songwriter and guitarist flaunted the fiddle and the nasal projection of Appalachian balladry on her 2013 label debut, Pushin' Against a Stone, but they were also overshadowed at times between Richard Swift's Wurlitzer and producer Dan Auerbach's hi-fi touch. Tracing the gnarled roots of Appalachian music might lead you to Scotland or to Mississippi, depending, and June only wishes to further tangle those lines, while never fully abandoning the songcraft traditions that represent home to her.