Valerie Smith Music

Valerie Smith

Recording Vocal Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Videographer, Educator and owner of Bell Buckle Records

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"Non-stop energy, passion included with a tremendous love for her audience."  

"Valerie has soul"

"Valerie Smith has developed her own sound, "ValGrass"...a fusion of bluegrass, roots, Americana, folk and country music." 

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!"

"From a Distance" has remained on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana, Folk and Bluegrass Today Charts for over 1 year!

Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike have rocked the bluegrass world for over two decades with a string of national and international tours and critically acclaimed recordings. Liberty Pike (Wally Hughes dobro, fiddle, Lisa Kay Howard Hughes, mandolin, Joe Zauner banjo, guitar, Valerie Smith guitar, lead vocals and featuring legendary Hall-of-Famer Tom Gray on bass), are audience pleasers as well as passionate musicians. Valerie is an award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter who has appeared on various television shows, including Ronnie Reno's, the Bluegrass Underground, Song of the Mountains, PBS, and more. Her single "From a Distance" (featuring Claire Lynch and Irene Kelley) has remained on the Grassicana charts for over a year. Valerie co-produced her upcoming album with Tim Carter (Renaissance - release September 3,  2021).  "I Found" charted on the Folk, Grassicana and Roots Music Report Charts, "Heartbreak Hill" charted on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart. She has also written a Bluegrass-Folk opera based on her great grandmother's writings "Maggie's Journal" (release 2022). In addition to many upcoming tour dates, the band continues to create music released by Bell Buckle Records. 

The advanced single "I Found "debuted at #5 on the Roots Music Report chart, #7 on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart, and #8 on the FAI Folk DJ Chart for June 2021. 

Renaissance was the #1 downloaded album on Airplay Direct 8/28/21!   Without any advertising or announcements  

"Renaissance is humanity in songs. A rebirth touching those feelings which brings us back to our common beliefs.  Hope and sorrow, the pure joy of music, love both individually and for all.  These songs and the great musicianship make Renaissance a true album of renewal.  Thanks, Valerie Smith for this gift in these times." - Steve Martin - Radio Programmer,  Unreal Bluegrass, Syndicated Radio Program

Quotes

"Renaissance crosses through multiple musical genres while still staying true to the Valerie Smith sound that encompasses an acoustic flair with a touch of bluegrass and all with exceptional musicianship." - Keith Barnecastle, Bluegrass Standard

 "Valerie Smith’s music doesn't preen or shout; instead, it beckons listeners to come closer and simply enjoy the listening experience. A singer of nuance and an exceptional instrumentalist, she has demonstrated many times over that she can create distinctive bluegrass music with her Liberty Pike band, but with RENAISSANCE she offers us a solo album that explores her diverse musical roots. It’s music to get lost in—the soundtrack to embracing a daydream that you don’t want to snap out of providing a truly wistful respite."- Alan Cackett, Americana, Bluegrass, and Country Music Reviews

 "The album not only resonated with fans but with the media as well with rave reviews coming in from such esteemed outlets as Bluegrass Today (Bluegrass Today Renaissance Review) who wrote “Emotionally speaking, you won’t be able to stay in one place too long as you’re listening” and rambles.net, whose writer Jerome Clark named it “One Of The Best Albums Of 2021” and wrote, “Smith, it appears, is fashioning a mature style of what might be called post-bluegrass” (Renaissance rambles.net review).  

Charting

"Renaissance" charts #2 on the FAI Folk Chart as well as hit #22 on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Bluegrass Album chart, week of October 2, 2021, and tracks from the album were also charting well.  “Heart Of Sorrow” debuted at #12 on the RMR Contemporary Bluegrass singles chart week of October 2, 2021, “Heartbreak Hill” hit #15 on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana singles chart week of October 2 and October 8, 2021, and “Enter In” debuted at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Gospel singles chart week of October 8, 2021.  It’s advanced single “I Found” debuted at #5 on the Roots Music Report chart, #7 on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana Chart, and #8 on the FAI Folk DJ Chart in June 2021, and Renaissance was the most downloaded album on Airplay Direct in August.

"A master mistress of roots music, this breath of fresh air will really hit you, especially if you haven't heard her before. With the right touch and the right sound this is a stone cold killer throughout.” — Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Renaissance

Valerie Smith

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Americana / Folk/ Bluegrass Album: Renaissance Release: September 3, 2021 UPC: 859748526163 Producing: Valerie Smith, Tim Carter Label: Bell Buckle Records Engineering: Tim Carter Studio: Tree House Studio Ridgetop Ridgetop, TN Mastering: Dave Harris Studio B Mastering, Charlotte, NC Photography, Art and Design: Gabrielle Minikiewicz

Americana / Folk/ Bluegrass Album:  Renaissance Release: September 3, 2021   UPC: 859748526163   Producing:  Valerie Smith, Tim Carter   Label: Bell Buckle Records   Engineering:  Tim Carter   Studio: Tree House Studio Ridgetop   Ridgetop, TN   Mastering:  Dave Harris   Studio B Mastering, Charlotte, NC  Photography, Art and Design: Gabrielle Minikiewicz

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Featured Singles

I Found

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

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Available: June 30, 2021 Valerie Smith / Lead Vocal Lisa Kay Howard Hughes - Mandolin / Harmonies Wally Hughes - Fiddle / Harnonies Joe Zauner - Banjo Bob Miner - Guitar / Arrangement Tom Gray - Bass Tim Carter - Engineer / Producer Valerie Smith - Co-Producer / Arranger

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The Great I Am (Featuring The McCrary)

Valerie Smith (Featuring The McCrary Sisters)

ISRC: TCAFQ2109632
Written by Mike Lane Published by Jewels of Jane Adelle Publishing, BMI Harmonies: The McCrary Sisters (Ann, Alfreda, Regina)
Banjo: Tim Carter
Tamborine: Ann McCrary
Electric Bass: Dave Roe
Mandolin: Andy Leftwich
Fiddle: Andy Leftwich

"This rousing number was written by Pastor Mike Lane when he was about to give a sermon. I

ISRC: TCAFQ2109632
Written by Mike Lane Published by Jewels of Jane Adelle Publishing, BMI Harmonies: The McCrary Sisters (Ann, Alfreda, Regina)
Banjo: Tim Carter
Tamborine: Ann McCrary
Electric Bass: Dave Roe
Mandolin: Andy Leftwich
Fiddle: Andy Leftwich

"This rousing number was written by Pastor Mike Lane when he was about to give a sermon. I love the soulful sounds and lyrics which celebrate a power more significant than ourselves, the power of faith. The McCrary Sisters sang the background on this track, and they really brought it home for me." - Valerie Smith, Bell Buckle Recording Grammy-nominated Artist.

The single "The Great I Am" is a true gospel song from Valerie Smith's forthcoming album, "Renaissance", featuring the dynamic harmony vocals of the McCrary Sisters, virtuosic fiddle and mandolin performances by Andy Leftwich, and seasoned producer-engineer Tim Carter on the 5-string banjo. It was written by Pastor Mike Lane.

Valerie Smith's "Renaissance" album crosses through multiple musical genres while still staying true to the Valerie Smith sound which mixes bluegrass with a wider acoustic flair. The songs cover subject areas of love, finding love, acceptance, self-worth and regret. The project signifies the journey Valerie has made in her life with optimism to which others can relate. It includes upbeat, happy songs that encourage the listener to move to the grove and also lush ballads with meaningful lyrics and melodies that grab the soul. The album is called "Renaissance" because in looking anew at the world and herself Valerie has been reborn. Valerie wrote two of the songs for "Renaissance," and the remaining selections were carefully chosen from the works of other seasoned writers. She chose the songs which best expressed what she wants to say with her music in 2021 and beyond. The quality of the music itself has always come first when Valerie produces a project, which is why it takes her so long to create an entire album.

Valerie has always been interested in all kinds of music; bluegrass, acoustic, baroque, classical, neoclassical, music from Asia, Middle-Eastern folk, rock, indie-rock, Kpop, pop….in other words, anything with sound! In addition, she loves to study the melodies and chord progressions by which she has always been fascinated. For example, not many years ago Valerie heard the original recording of "I Found" and was immediately drawn to the haunting melody and lyrics of the indie rock group Amber Run. She found herself really enjoying singing the song's unique melody and lyrics. Valerie's final arrangement developed during band rehearsal with her touring band, Liberty Pike. Wally Hughes and Lisa Kay Howard Hughes added harmony to the chorus, and everyone fell in love with singing the song together. It became an "earworm" for the whole group.

Valerie Smith grew up in the mid-west near Kansas City and was exposed to several musical genres from her childhood through her college days. She watched movie musicals with Judy Garland, listened to country music while her mother worked, sang on the radio station, and sang gospel music on Sundays in church. And, of course, she and her sister listened to classic rock on their radios. Valerie studied music in college where she was exposed to blues, jazz, opera, and a wide array of other genres; Valerie also studied dance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. On weekends Valerie would play old-time fiddle near her hometown of Holt, Missouri and developed a love for traditional American string music. Later, she fell in love with bluegrass because of its incredible acoustic sounds, virtuosic musicians, and soulful melodies. The folk and bluegrass audiences fit her personality the best; they love music.

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A Dollar Looked Mighty Good

Valerie Smith

A Dollar Looked Mighty Good Valerie Smith Mid-tempo / Contemporary Bluegrass / Folk ISRC: TCAFQ2109635
Written by Valerie Smith, Ashley Lewis
Published by Buckle-Down Publishing, BMI ASHCACHE MUSIC PUBLISHING—BMI
Acoustic Guitar: Cody Kilby
Upright Bass: Evan Winsor
Fiddle: Steven Burwell
Mandolin: Andy Leftwich
Banjo: Tim Carter Harmony Vocals:

A Dollar Looked Mighty Good Valerie Smith Mid-tempo / Contemporary Bluegrass / Folk ISRC: TCAFQ2109635
Written by Valerie Smith, Ashley Lewis
Published by Buckle-Down Publishing, BMI ASHCACHE MUSIC PUBLISHING—BMI
Acoustic Guitar: Cody Kilby
Upright Bass: Evan Winsor
Fiddle: Steven Burwell
Mandolin: Andy Leftwich
Banjo: Tim Carter Harmony Vocals: Lisa Kay Howard Hughes, Wally Hughes Cover Art: Valerie Smith Photo: Maggie Brooks Ashley Lewis and Valerie Smith wrote this song based on Valerie’s great grandmother Maggie Brooks' journal. About seven years ago, the family discovered Maggie's journal in an old trunk located in her house in Plattsburg, MO. She had finally escaped from a violent marriage and learned to earn her own money by doing various jobs. Maggie became a very successful businesswoman in Plattsburg, MO., owning and operating a general store.She was pretty proud to earn her own dollars and rise above her many early life challenges. Many women can relate to her powerful story in today’s modern world.

DJ Steve Martin (Unreal Bluegrass, Syndicated Radio Program) states, "Valerie Smith seeks music in life. Renaissance rises from this search with stories of love, separation, celebration, overcoming, and devotion." Renaissance crosses through multiple musical genres while still staying true to the Valerie Smith sound that encompasses an acoustic flair with a touch of bluegrass and all with exceptional musicianship. The album was meticulously crafted and featured her long-time band Liberty Pike and esteemed guests, including Andy Leftwich, Rob Ickes, Donna Ulisse, Jerry Salley. There's even a stirring number featuring Gospel greats, The McCrary Sisters.”

The album is called Renaissance because in looking at the world and herself, Smith has been reborn. With themes including self-worth and acceptance and songs about love, finding love, acceptance, and regret, the project signifies Smith's journey in her life with optimism to which others can relate. The album includes upbeat, happy songs that encourage the listener to move to the groove and lush ballads with meaningful lyrics and melodies that grab the soul. Smith wrote two songs, and the remaining selections were carefully chosen from the works of other seasoned writers to best express what she wanted to say.

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Meet the band "Liberty Pike"

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Sampler

Where does the band name come from?