Valerie June Balances The Murder Ballads With Shotgun

08/13/2013
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(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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