Valerie June‘s surprising blend of Appalachian folk and blues styles is rendered unusually powerful by her timeless but distinctive voice. Dan Auerbach produced June’s 2013 album Pushin’ Against A Stone, which introduced us to this song, “Workin’ Woman Blues,” with its shifting rhythms, dulcimer-like guitar and plaintive lament. Here, she performs with violinist Mazz Swift and cellist Adam Hurst on the Woods Stage at Pickathon.
Each month through the start of the 2015 Pickathon in late July, opbmusic and NPR Music premiere another video recorded at the Woods Stage, each hand-picked by opbmusic to showcase some of the most exciting performances from last summer’s lineup. The next premiere will run on March 17.