Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Best of 2013: Valerie June

One of my favorite albums of 2013 was Valerie June's "Pushin' Against A Stone" (now on sale at Amazon for $5). The Tennessee native runs the gamut of American roots music, from Old Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Blues to Folk, and beyond. She has a unique voice that sounds at once childlike and wise, and that, I'll admit, took a minute to grab me. But once it did, I was hooked. My favorite songs are the dark and haunting "Shotgun," the uplifting "Tennessee Time," and the sweet and soulful "The Hour," but there's not a bad one among the bunch. She's even more affecting in person and I look forward to catching her tour when she hits San Francisco in March 2014.

Cross-posted from Facebook

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