Bluesfest Touring


Booker T. Jones with Valerie June - The Corner
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Fri 25 Apr 2014 - 07:30pm to 11:59pm
Booker T. Jones with Valerie June - The Factory Theatre
Factory Theatre, Sydney
Sat 26 Apr 2014 - 07:30pm to 11:59pm

It’s taken five years to get him back to tour and Bluesfest Touring is thrilled to present BOOKER T. JONES with special guest VALERIE JUNE in two exciting sideshows.

It can be argued that it was BOOKER T. JONES who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream.

He has recorded with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Sam and Dave, Neil Young, Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan and not to mention he features on his special guest Bluesfest Touring artist VALERIE JUNE’S latest album released this year.

“Sound the Alarm is the sound of summer” - The Boston Review

This time around BOOKER T. JONES will be bringing his 10th album, Sound the Alarm (2013) which sees sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices. ‘Sound the Alarm also marks his historic return to Stax Records, the Memphis soul label which he began recording at while he was still in school and helped put on the map in the 1960’s. In true form it has received rave reviews:

“Booker T. Jones is the consummate musician” - USA Today.

Universally recognised as one of the true architects of American soul music, we can’t wait to welcome this legendary musician back to the Bluesfest stage.

BOOKER T. JONES’s special guest is VALERIE JUNE.
Catchy, big melodies that just make you want to dance. This is everything you need to know about  VALERIE JUNE, but we guarantee you’ll want to know more the minute you hear her vintage wail.

‘Valerie June’s combination of country moonshine and Deep South soul make her a major star-in-waiting’         – Evening Standard

Tennessee native VALERIE JUNE is a self-taught musician, singer and songwriter who came to the fore after a mesmerising debut UK TV performance on ‘Later…With Jools Holland’. Her timeless sound is a stunningly emotive amalgamation of Blues, Folk, Gospel, Soul, Appalachian and Bluegrass that seems to sit outside of any defined musical era. Her new album, ‘Pushin’ Against a Stone’ sees her collaborating, writing and producing with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys & Dr. John), Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sinéad O'Connor, Florence & The Machine) and the legendary BOOKER T. JONES to create a truly unique sound. She floored audiences with her US network TV debut on Letterman in August 2013 and has toured with the Rolling Stones, Jake Bugg and Ryan Bingham.