Valerie June Delights At Palomino Fest REVIEW+PHOTOS: Valerie June at Palomino Fest 7/9/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…Valerie June seems to embody the ethos of “punk is as punk does”… in an Americana/Roots/Blues kinda punk way. Twangy opry vibrations packaged in dreadlocks and rhinestone studded shorts topped off with bright red leather boots. Fearless in many ways.
My mom taught me young to recognize and appreciate those who let fly a little bit of their freak flag, and there’s something so organically individual about Valerie that my momma would have loved it. As Valerie took a guitar solo from her knees onto her back, she flew plenty.
As a follow-up to her highly acclaimed 2021 album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, Valerie is planning to release a collection of covers soon. The EP, titled Under Cover, has her covering Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed”, John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Nick Cave’s “Into My Arms”, among others. If you haven’t heard her cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”, I suggest you do that now. Valerie’s Palomino performance, however, focused on her established repertoire, leaning more towards her country/bluegrass fare than her folk fare with songs like “Rain Dance”, “Shakedown” and “Workin Woman Blues”…”