"Man in the Mirror" from the CD, "The Human Condition"
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.
Sampler from "Small Town Heroes"
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I am so very excited to be included in the line-up at MerleFest for 2019. It is going to be my first time to experience what everyone has been talking about!
Of course we are there on Friday, but there is also a hefty line-up, such as:
Jim Lauderdale, Peter Rowan, Tyler Childers, Sythian, Kruger Brothers, The Black Lillies, Donna the Buffalo, The Waybacks, and many more names!
You can actually check out the line-up for the different acts by clicking this link!
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.
Valerie teaches to share her love for music. She has a passion for teaching and enjoys every detail of sharing ideas with her students. Valerie Smith is a certified Music Educator who specializes in voice and performance. She has been teaching students (at any age) or over 20 years. Valerie also teaches guitar, piano, harmony, fiddle and songwriting.
Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike include a school program that teaches children about the history of bluegrass music.
Valerie has developed a special program for schools, called "Bluegrass in the Schools" (a 45 minute presentation of the history and style of bluegrass music). She also offers a master class in Bluegrass Harmonies, Vocal Techniques, Performance and Songwriting. She has taught several universities, organizations, festivals and camps.
Please contact her for detailed information, videos and curriculum.
LESSONS: Valerie offers private lessons in the following areas: Voice, Songwriting, Beginner/Intermediate Guitar an Violin, Piano and Performance.