Today’s New CD Release by Valerie Smith

Bell Buckle Records is pleased to announce the release of, BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS by Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, the first album to be recorded at the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) in Owensboro, Ky. This “six-pack project” is part of 12 songs recorded at the IBMM.  A second volume of six songs is scheduled to be released this time next year.  Go behind the scenes with Valerie Smith and Becky Buller to learn more about the making of this landmark recording by visiting their YouTubechannel and viewing a short presentation.

“Last January, I pulled together some of my colleagues, Ernie Evans, Rebekah Long, and Becky Buller in conjunction with the IBMM to teach 24 schools throughout Daviess County, Ky., for two weeks.  Inspired by the chance to spend so much time at the IBMM, I decided it was an incredible opportunity to record an album while we were there.  So we brought recording equipment along with us and set up in the Radio Bluegrass International (RBI) Cave at the museum.  We wanted it to be a live feel, so we just jumped in and got creative in the makeshift studio.  We performed three school programs a day, on average.  In the afternoons and evenings, we recorded.  In between takes, I would walk around the exhibits, reading the incredible stories about the artists, feeling the passion that we all have for this beautiful genre—bluegrass,” explained Valerie.

“If you’re someone who enjoys numerical significance, the release date of Valerie Smith’s CD, BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS, 1-11-11, should be pretty hard to top. Not only are all those involved #1 supporters of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, but they also made history here in January of 2010. There, surrounded by artifacts of bluegrass legends, undaunted by illness, fatigue, ice and snow, they came together with enormous energy and creativity and made history by becoming the first to ever record a CD inside the hallowed walls of the IBMM. We wish them every success with their new and wonderful CD,” said Gabrielle Gray, Executive Director, International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensboro, Ky., USA

The album was produced by the award-winning and highly respected, Becky Buller, who lent her vocal, fiddle, guitar, and songwriting talents to the project, and served as associate engineer.  Buller co-wrote the title track with Elizabeth Shrum. Buller also wrote the wonderful gospel tune “A Good Day, Lord” with Jeff Hyde.  Ben Speer, legendary gospel artist, arranger and producer, made a guest appearance on the Merle Travis tune “No Vacancy,” along with Valerie’s husband,Kraig Smith. “No Vacancy” was sent to Valerie by her friend Dave Freeman (Rebel Records) and it appeared on an early Glen Campbell album which at the time was considered to be a bluegrass project.

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Valerie Smith & Libery Pike Launch New iPhone APP

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike can now be downloaded to your smart phone!  Valerie released her brand new app just in time for Christmas.  It is available for free download at iTunes.

“We want to send a special thanks to bluegrass band, Nu-Blu for a great idea!  The North Carolina-based band released their app earlier this month and we certainly commend them for helping to keep the bluegrass world on the cutting edge of technology,” said Smith.

Valerie Smith and Becky Buller are among the nominees for the 2011 SPBGMA awards, Valerie in the Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) category and Becky amongst the Fiddle Performers of the Year.  The 28th annual SPBGMA National Convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., at the Sheraton Music City Hotel February 3-6.

This past week Becky Buller and J. Gregory Heinke made a special trip up to the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) in Owensboro, Ky., to film director Gabrielle Gray and board member Ross Leazenby about the significance of Valerie Smith’s brand new record, Blame It On The Bluegrass. Video footage will be appearing on YouTube around the time of the album’s release, Jan. 11, 2011.

Blame It On The Bluegrass is the first album to be recorded at the the IBMM, but it won’t be the last.  The museum already has plans in the works for an in-house studio and live recordings of groups involved in their annual concert series, proving, yet again, that the IBMM is a place where bluegrass history is MADE…as well as preserved.

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Lonesome River Band – Radio Alert

On December 3rd and 5th, The Lonesome River Band will be picking and singing on Radio Bluegrass International. Host, Bob Mitchell, welcomes the band to the studio for two exciting segments on the “Best of Bluegrass.”

The program is broadcast every Friday 8:00 – 10:00 AM CST (14:00 GMT) and is repeated every Sunday 3:00 – 5:00 PM CST (21:00 GMT) from the International Bluegrass Music Museum. The show is also broadcast every Saturday morning 7:00 – 9:00 AM (CST) on WKWC-FM Owensboro, Kentucky.

To catch the on-line performance, go to the Museum’s website at and click on the RBI radio logo in the upper left side of the page.

NOTE: Radio Bluegrass International is in the process of upgrading equipment and it may take a little longer to make the connection, so be patient. The show is worth the effort!

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Dare To Be Different

Grammy nominee and three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award winner Valerie Smith along with Buckledown Productions are pleased to announce the fourth annual Dare To Be Different Showcase to be held Sunday, September 26, 2010 at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in historic downtown Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

 “This has always been such a great opportunity for the artists and fans to celebrate their love of all branches of bluegrass music, from progressive to traditional and everything in between,” said Smith, who hosts the event with her band Liberty Pike.

“And this year we are excited to say that all proceeds benefit the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) in Owensboro, Kentucky, which is doing an amazing job preserving the history of this high-spirited, distinctly American musical art form.”

Featured bands include Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike; Jerry Butler & the Blu-Jays; Brad Long & Friends; Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tymin’; Chicken Dinner Road; Common Ground, and Runaway Freight.   The show will kick off with an hour of Bluegrass Gospel by local favorites the Friday Night Orphan Brigade.

 “The board of trustees and staff of the IBMM are truly grateful for the leadership and vision shown by the members of Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike in helping us all preserve the history, artifacts and collections of bluegrass music,” said museum director Gabrielle Gray.  “What a great way to kick off IBMA’s ‘World of Bluegrass Week,’ held in Nashville Sept. 27 – Oct. 3.”

Doors open at 12 p.m. with music from 1 to 9 p.m.  Tickets are $10.  Food will be available for sale from the world-famous Bell Buckle Café. 

Come early to experience Bell Buckle’s fun shopping district, full of antiques and uniques.

More information is available online at or by calling (931) 389-0223.

Remember the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall when planning your next event.

Buckledown Productions
Becky Buller
PO Box 142
Bell Buckle, TN  37020
(931) 639-1590 cell / (931) 389-0223 office