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Valerie June: From Memphis to ‘Letterman’ and beyond

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Before she was Valerie June set to perform on "The Late Show with David Letterman she was Valerie June subject to be seen honing her talent in the Bluff City.

June, who is fresh off the release of her debut album – "Pushin' Against a Stone" (Concord Records) – takes to the stage on "The Late Show" on Wednesday (Aug. 21). The show airs at 10:35 p.m. on WREG-TV Channel 3.

For the Humboldt, Tenn. native, who now calls The Big Apple home, "The Late Show" will serve as her debut as a solo act on network television in the U.S.

Brian Ramoly, photojournalist for The New Tri-State Defender, captured June on video during the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Yep, you guessed it; she was showing off her unique voice and original rootsy folk blues music.

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