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Valerie June pays tribute to her father in new song and video, “Shake Down”

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Valerie June to play Turner Hall Ballroom on Feb. 21

Valerie June will be releasing her new album “In Order of Time” on March 10 via Concord Records. Today, June shared another song and video from the album titled “Shake Down.” The video is a tribute to her late father Emerson Hockett, who contributed vocals to the track.  The song also features June’s brothers and Norah Jones on backup vocals.

You can catch Valerie June in Milwaukee on Feb. 21 at Turner Hall Ballroom. From the press release:

Produced by Matt Marinelli, The Order of Time includes twelve original songs that find the Tennessee-bred, Brooklyn-based songwriter weaving southern sounds, African rhythms and cosmic atmospherics into an absorbing, soulful reflection on love, family, struggle and the passing of time. The collection’s finely sketched character studies brim with richness and detail while June’s ethereal, wide-open soundscapes provide a sterling backdrop for her distinctive voice.

“Long Lonely Road” is a reflective and somber lament as June’s voice reverberates over ringing guitar and unhurried drums, whereas the entrancing blues of “If And” internalizes regret in the face of time’s relentless churn. On the spiritual “Astral Plane,” June’s mystical vocal takes an otherworldly turn; while the sumptuous string arrangement on “With You,” is reminiscent of Nico’s most affecting work.

Check out the video for “Shake Down” below.