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Valley Queen – “In My Place”

Valley Queen have shown considerable promise since they first began releasing harmoniously ripping roots-rock singles back in 2014. But the latest tease of the band’s long awaited debut album portends the Los Angeles quartet finally realizing their full potential. They’ve never sounded better than they do on “In My Place” — especially vocalist Natalie Carol, who wrestles with the wreckage of her faith and self-perception while anxiously considering her own youth “floating on great expectations” and “choking on grand illusions.”

“In My Place” is classic California country, filled with golden guitar tones employed in the search for salvation. “I’ve convinced myself my isolation’s holy/ I’ve wasted some time/ I was never yours, never mine,” she sings, shuffling through the words so gracefully that you might fail to consider how damning those lines really are. Like all drifting spirits, Carol’s “betting on some coming transformation,” the ripe basslines and soaring harmonies offered to prove the extent of her conviction. “Who’s gonna put me back in my place?” she desperately wails. But by the sound of it, she’s already right where she belongs. Listen and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

Tour dates:

08/14 Los Angeles, CA @ KCSN Performance
08/18 Ft. Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
08/19 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
08/20 Carbondale, CO @ Steve’s Guitairs
08/21 Pueblo, CO @ Brues Alehouse Brewing Company
08/24 Appleton, WI @ Radisson: Paper Valley
08/25 Madison, WI @ East Side Club
08/26 Goshen, IN @ Ignition Music Garage
08/27 Davenport, IA @ River Roots Live Fest
08/28 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue: 7th St. Entry
08/29 Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter
08/30 Chicago, IL @ Hideout Inn
08/31 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
09/01 Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
09/02 Toledo, OH @ Fleetwood’s Tap Room
09/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
09/06 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
09/07 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
09/08 Washington, DC @ Gypsy Sally’s
09/09 Cambridge, MA @ Lizard Lounge
09/10 Elizabethtown, NY @ Otis Mountain Get Down
09/15 West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
10/06 Flagstaff, AZ @ Firecreek
10/07 Prescott, AZ @ Raven Cafe
10/08 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
10/09 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live

“In My Place” / “High Expectations” is out 8/12 via Canvasclub.

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