"Non-stop energy, passion included with a tremendous love for her audience."
"Valerie has soul"
From a Distance / Valerie Smith with Irene Kelley and Claire Lynch
Valerie Smith is an award-winning Grassicana artist whose style is a mixture of 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!"
Bell Buckle Records has been collaborating with Midnite Mountain Music to release a single on Valerie Smith performing the classic song "From a Distance". She recorded the song with Claire Lynch and Irene Kelly. It was produced by Mike Pokalsky and engineered at Tree House Studios with Tim Carter. Among the other special guests were guitar/Jim Hurst, Bass/Ronald de La Vega, fiddle/Becky Buller, banjo/Mike Munford and Frank Sullivan/mandolin with Mike Pokalsky on Dobro.
Valerie is in the studio during 2020. More to come from Bell Buckle Records!
"Wow, I love this beautiful version of "From A Distance." It is sung with such unadulterated purity. Just straight ahead of honesty. There's no pretense. Just love. Val Smith gets right to the heart of the song, and right to the heart of the listener. Plain and Simple, GREAT". - Julie Gold, Songwriter, "From a Distance"
"Valerie Smith sings a classic tune and makes it new again. What a beautiful voice from one of my favorite people! The music, harmony, and delivery are spot on really a beautiful job." - Dave Adkins, Grammy-Nominated Country, Bluegrass Artist, SPGMA Nominated Male Vocalist
"LOVE this version! It’s so unadulterated… Just a pure presentation. Bluegrass has such a reputation for doing it right, and she's proof." -- Christine Lavin - Top 100 of the Most Influential Artists in the Last 15 Years, Singer-Songwriter Magazine, ASCAP Composer Award, Kate Wolf Memorial Award 1990
Valerie Smith is an award-winning Grassicana artist whose style is a mixture of 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 and passion 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 line-up of "Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike" have been going strong for 6 years. They have also developed a fan base and following within the bluegrass and Americana community. Each member is an active part of organizations, jamming and playing music professionally on a regular basis.
Sampler from Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike's "Small Town Heroes"
Listen to a mixture of Valerie Smith songs and enjoy!
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.
Valerie Smith teaching voice at "Pick n' Bow" in Dahlonega, GA
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.
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 bluegrass and acoustic 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 & 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".
Valerie began her own radio station that presents a large variety of music, traditional to contemporary in several roots genres. The station which offers over 13 radio shows from around the globe. Click on the icon and check us out for more information.
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