Valerie Smith is an award-winning Grassicana artist that mixes her style with bluegrass, country and Americana music. NPR radio host Dave Higgs, has noted, "She can be sassy, sultry, siren-like, sweet, smooth, soothing and smoldering---sometimes during the span of just one song!"
Valerie's show can be described as having non-stop energy, passion included with a tremendous love for her audience. The beat of the music inspires her to dance and move; Valerie has soul.
She has recorded a number of projects, performed around the world and can be heard on several radio and television shows. Valerie is a music instructor and offers educational programs about songwriting, voice, bluegrass history and performance techniques. Please spend some time with her on this web page to get to know more about Valerie Smith's music.
Liberty Pike is Valerie's touring band. They are seasoned, talented musicians and have recorded several music projects of their own. The band offers an educational program and also enjoys reaching out to the fans. Members of Liberty Pike include Wally Hughes, Lisa Kay Howard Hughes, Joe Zauner and Tom Gray. This group of "Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike" have been together for 5 years.
"Little Liza Jane" from the CD, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike's "Small Town Heroes"
Sampler from Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike's "Small Town Heroes"
Valerie Smith loves to perform and entertain and adds her soulful style with drive. She puts a 100% into every performance giving her listeners her complete self and heart on stage . Valerie Smith has been touring the United States, UK, Canada, Germany, Austria and Holland for over 18 years. She is a seasoned artist that knows her craft and loves every minute of giving to the people that come to share in the fun!
She is a recording artist that writes songs, produces, and also has owned her own production/record label, Bell Buckle Records for 18 years, Bell Buckle Records.
Valerie is currently in production on a major folk opera that she is writing called, "Maggie Brooks, The Box Car Journal", a single with Claire Lynch and Irene Kelley, "From a Distance" (The Single Factory),a 2019 Fall release, and her next CD will be produced by Missy Raines, "Dance with Me", released by Bell Buckle Records in the winter of 2020.
Valerie Smith offers a detailed voice and harmony workshop along with a regular school program. She has been teaching and sharing her love of music for over 20 years and is a certified Music Educator who specializes in voice performance. Valerie also teaches guitar, piano, harmony, fiddle and songwriting.
A special program for the schools called “Bluegrass in the Schools” (a 45 minute presentation of the history and style of bluegrass music) has been developed by Valerie. This program was first presented to countless schools in Kentucky and then later for over 10 years throughout the United States, Canada, Germany and Austria for the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Valerie and members of her band, Liberty Pike, offer a clear, engaging, interactive bluegrass harmony workshop. They also are able to conduct individual and group classes and workshops in the following instruments: banjo, guitar, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and voice.
LESSONS: Valerie offers private lessons in the following areas: Voice, Songwriting, Beginner/Intermediate Guitar an Violin, Piano and Performance.
The folks I observed and talked to during and after the classes were very impressed with Valerie’s dedication to them, her knowledge of the subject, and her presentation of pertinent methods and recommendations; all done with a very approachable and personal style.”-Wayne Russ, Vice-chair North Shore Music Association
“Her combination of approachability, understanding, professional experience, and skill with students make her a superlative teacher of traditional music and mentor for young singers and musicians. We would hire her again in a heartbeat.”- Peter Langston & Tina Webster
Directors, CBA Summer Music Camp
Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike love to teach! Invite us to your festival and we will do workshops!
Let's do a show and have a good time out under the stars, in the sun or the rain. It's all good!
Valerie Smith's "Fallin"
from the album, "That's What Love Can Do"
Valerie performed on the Grand Ole Opry with country music legend, "Charlie Louvin."
Valerie has appeared on RFD TV for several appearances on the "Ronnie Reno Old-Tyme Music Hour."
Valerie performed on the "Bluegrass Underground" show.
Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike have appeared on several shows with the Louisville Public Television and Maine Public Television.
Valerie's Music is regularly played on Sirius XM and WSM radio as well across the airwaves through many other radio programs and outlets.
Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike have been included in the first-round nominations for several categories of recording and performance at the International Bluegrass Music Association. Each musician has been noticed as top names in the industry.
"Small Town Heroes" did very well on the "Roots Music Radio Report" during 2017. 4 songs were listed among the top 10 on the chart for 6 months and single, "Small Town Heroes" stayed at Number 1 for over 3 months.
Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike's, "Something About A Train" was a nominee for "Best Bluegrass Single" and the album, "Small Town Heroes" was nominated for "Best Bluegrass Album" for 2017. They appeared at the awards show located in NYC, the Lincoln Center. Later in 2019, Valerie Smith returned with a solo single, "Dry Town" and was nominated for "Alternative Country Single".
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