Tennessee singer/songwriter Valerie June is used to serving up hushed, minimalistic compositions enhanced by the weight of their words. For validation of this point, get to your turntable, cue up “Somebody to Love,” then observe the empty box of Kleenex at your feet.
She’ll get the perfect venue to host this beautiful material when she sets up in the intimate confines of Babeville’s 9th Ward (341 Delaware Ave.) for an 8 p.m. show June 3. Boasting developing material and established work off 2013’s Dan Auerbach-produced “Pushin’ Against a Stone,” the breathtaking June has earned acclaim for both her recorded tracks (including the Black Keys-esque sidewalk strut of “You Can’t Be Told”) and cross-genre collaborations, whether with electric blues and soul architect Booker T. Jones or modern country rebel, Eric Church.
But it’s the pleading hum of the artist’s most stripped-down deliveries that can most emotionally connect with listeners, whether via spinning vinyl, links on the Internet or ricocheting around the brick-lined confines of a basement concert venue. Those who attend her gig should be able to attest to the latter.
Tickets are $20 (box office, ticketweb.com).