Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Liberty Pike

Liberty Pike

Tom Gray:  Bassist:  2-time "IBMA Hall of Fame" inductee
Lisa Kay Howard-Hughes:  Mandolin and Vocalist, WAMU radio personality
Wally Hughes:  Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Joe Zauner:  Banjo, Guitar
Valerie Smith: Vocals, Guitar, Violin and mandolin:  Grammy nominee, Grand Ole Opry guest, Randy Reno Show, Music Roots Show, Bluegrass Underground Show and several television and media appearances!

VALERIE SMITH

Valerie Smith

“Her music has been received with widespread critical and popular acclaim in the world of bluegrass” –Joe Romano, Bluegrass Now
 
“Her recording and performance style has been described as ‘exuberant’ by John Hansen in the Brainerd Dispatch, in Brainerd, S.D.
 
Jeff Bahr of the American News said, "Watching Valerie Smith perform is like being a witness to a thermonuclear explosion.”
 
Valerie Smith has developed a unique style and sound that has rocked the bluegrass world for almost two decades with a string of national and international tours, critically acclaimed recordings, and Grammy, IBMA and Dove Award nominations. Val's vocals are impressive. She has a staggeringly expansive range and the ability to portray an amazing array of emotion. As 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 Smith and her East Coast-based band, Liberty Pike featuring legendary Hall of Famer Tom Gray on bass, are consistent audience pleasers and skilled musicians. When Valerie walks onstage with her fabulous band, expect to be inspired, amused and thoroughly entertained.

Originally from Missouri and now based in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, a charming little historic town just southeast of Nashville, Valerie Smith is an award winning bluegrass and American roots artist and songwriter. Since 1998 Smith has made thousands of fans and friends with her music, on stages across the United States, as well as in Europe, Canada and the United Kingdom. Her band is named “Liberty Pike” after the road that connects Bell Buckle to Nashville.

When you list to Valerie’s unique voice, you can hear influences from bluegrass, blues, gospel music and even Broadway show tunes. Her personal background is just as interesting and varied. Valerie holds a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and she taught music for seven years in her home state before marrying Craig Smith (another fine musician and songwriter) and moving to Nashville.

Her three years as an account executive for a marketing firm in Music City gave Val a valuable crash course in promotion, video and photography to go along with mer music degree. In the evening she was working on her songwriting and singing wherever she could. Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin and the Nashville Bluegrass Band’s Alan O’Bryant became her music mentors in Nashville. Louvin invited Val onstage with him at the Grand Ole Opry, and O’Bryan produced her debut album, Patchwork Heart—which included a duet with Charlie on “My Baby’s Gone.”

Valerie’s hit single, “Red Clay Halo,” written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, climbed the Bluegrass Unlimited, Country Music and Americana reporting charts, receiving heavy radio airplay for five years. BU included the song in their list of the top 60 songs of the decade.