Valerie June Balances The Murder Ballads With Shotgun

(The Blues) Valerie June jokes she was aiming to "balanced out the murder ballad situation" by recording her track Shotgun on recent album Pushing Against A Stone.

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.

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