Valerie June Balances The Murder Ballads With Shotgun
She's usually inspired by different singing voices heard in her head – but that song, which tells the story of a woman killing her man because he's about to leave her, came about in an entirely different way.
June tells NPR: "I met PJ Harvey when I was in England, and the first thing I do when I meet a songwriter I admire is to ask them how do they receive songs.
"She told me, 'I don't really hear voices. I have once, but I really see images, and I write what I see.' When I was writing Shotgun, it's one of the first songs that's come to me as an image.
"I was seeing this field, this prairie in the middle of America; the wheat was over-my-head high, almost, and it was blowing back and forth. There was this old house, like a haunted house, with a screen door flapping in the wind." More.
The Blues Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.