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About Turtle Shell, the new album by Valorie Miller

"In the end, the proof is in the pudding, and Turtle Shell is loaded with goodness. With Miller on guitar and Dobro player Will Straughan accompanying her on most of the tunes plus trumpet, piano and bass also on a selected few, the album's a sparse, intimate affair, no doubt reflective of the kind of solo Miller show you might get if you wandered into a local pub or gallery where she was appearing. Miller's keening warble—which is reminiscent of Norah Jones in her country-rock guise—wanders cautiously but purposefully. A true gem among the already heavily-bejeweled Americana field." Blurt

"Valorie Miller is early James Taylor transcribed in female flesh. Turtle Shell is...priceless, true poetry, the kind of thing you remember for years and decades. Miller is indeed pure Carolina...the Carolina of Tennessee Williams." Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

"Miller has produced a collection of songs that are sparse and natural. Turtle Shell is a relaxed, unassuming record that makes a subtle statement about embarking on life’s road." Americana UK

"The album has a raw candor, starting with the arrangements that revolve around Miller’s vintage angelic croon and inventive acoustic guitar work." Asheville Citizen-Times

"Turtle Shell is richly storied, and provides a perfect canvas for Miller’s enchanting vocal." Mountain Xpress

Other reviews and press

"Pure Carolina, from whisper to wail." No Depression

"Miller sounds as good as most people look in candlelight." Glide Magazine

"Sounding like Norah Jones’ sweet Southern cousin, Miller creates an aural atmosphere that’s distinctly female and natural." Knoxville Metro Pulse

"In many ways, Miller's injecting an elasticity into the country tradition that almost everyone else misses." Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

"If you’re looking for music with intelligence, depth and heart, Valorie Miller will make you happy as hell." Rockzillaworld

"Runs the gamut all the way from frightening me (literally) to inspiring me (greatly). The song Loosen Me is as well sung, well-played and well-written as anybody could hope to do. What a song. And somebody oughtta be tied up and made to do a cover of Sweeter than Salt." Tony Arata, hit songwriter for Garth Brooks and many others

"Asheville's Valorie Miller—she of the wild red hair and take-no-prisoners attitude—plays guitar like a house afire and boasts vocals to match. Her edgy acoustic songs run the gamut from the sublime to the profane and back again." Mountain Xpress

Awards and Honors

2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Southeast Regional Finalist
Two-time time top finalist in the North Carolina Songwriting Contest
Top Finalist in the Great American Song Contest
Finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Contest
Opened for Merle Haggard at Irving Plaza, NYC

Notable Venues

The Bitter End, NYC
Irving Plaza, NYC
The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN
Douglas Corner, Nashville, TN
The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
The Laurel Theater, Knoxville, TN
The Handlebar, Greenville, SC
Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA
The 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
Exit Theater, San Francisco, CA
IndyFringe Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Aquarius Theater, Ontario, Canada
Crosstown Station, Kansas City, MO
Minneapolis Theater Garage, Minneapolis, MN
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