COUNTRY ROAD travel documentary features Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

COUNTRY ROADS, the travel documentary by German filmmaker Christopher Mosselman which prominently features the talents of Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the prestigious Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s “Twilights” show.  In 2010 while still in production, the film picked up the school’s Caligari prize.  The film is in the final stages of editing.

For continued updates and to find out when the film will be available for viewing and purchase, please stay tuned to ValerieSmithOnline.com.  In the meantime, click here to view (or view below) the Country Roads trailer.  Note that the bed music, “Heaven Is Waiting,” was written by Liberty Pike member, Becky Buller and performed by Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike on her album THAT’S WHAT LOVE CAN DO.

Two Rivers, Wisconsin concert series ends

I was very sad to hear of the closing of the B.K. Productions bluegrass concert series in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  I had the opportunity to travel to one of the concerts years ago when one of my clients, Blue Moon Rising performed (pictured above in a photo by Mike Morebeck —– L-R Justin Moses, Keith Garrett, Tim Tipton, Chris West, Justin Jenkins).  After working with producer, Brad Klabunde, over the phone for many years, it was very nice to finally meet him and his wife Janice.

Brad Klabunde

Over the years, Brad’s enthusiasm for bluegrass music certainly was evident in his successful concerts.   He was able to get some of top award-winning bands in bluegrass music at this series.  Most recently the event was held at the Two Rivers High School.

Unfortunately Brad has made the hard decision to cancel the concerts due to numerous reasons, the most obvious being the economy, cost of fuel for these national touring acts, but also a problem that other promoters around the country face – competing with local free shows.  At concert series like Brad’s, of course, promoters have to charge for tickets.  That is how these national touring bands get paid.

Just some of the artists that have made their way to Brad’s show were: Carrie Hassler, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Charlie Sizemore Band, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Blue Moon Rising, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Special Consensus, Newfound Road, Mark Newton Band, James King Band and so many more.

Congratulations to Brad, Janice, and all of their sponsors and volunteers for a job well done for so many years!

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.

For more info, please visit: valeriesmithonline.com

 

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.

For more information about Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, visit their website: ValerieSmithOnline.com.

 

Valerie Smith’s BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS Arriving 1.11.11

Bell Buckle Records is pleased to announce the new single release, “Blame It On the Bluegrass” by VALERIE SMITH & Liberty Pike. The song was written by Becky Buller and Elizabeth Shrum and is the title track from Valerie’s long awaited new album produced by Becky Buller and set for release January 11, 2011.

Blame it On The Bluegrass is like a breath of fresh air.  It’s a cleverly-written, expertly performed song featuring the voice of one of the music’s most unique and underrated singers.  This is one that can’t-miss,” said Kyle Cantrell, Sirius-XM Radio.

“If you’re someone who enjoys numerical significance, the release date of VALERIE SMITH & Liberty Pike’s CD, BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS, 1-11-11, should be pretty hard to top. Not only are the members of this band #1 supporters of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, they also made history here back in January of 2010.  While VSLP was in Owensboro performing for 24 elementary schools as part of our Bluegrass in the Schools program, they met each evening in ‘The Cave’ at the museum. 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 band 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 of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.

VALERIE SMITH & Liberty Pike will be performing songs from BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS tonight (12/15/10) on MUSIC CITY ROOTS broadcast live from at the Loveless Café  at 7:00 PM CT on Lightning 100 WRLT-FM in Nashville, TN., and viewed via Livestream.com.   They group will also perform this Thursday (12/16/10) at NASHVILLE TRADITIONS held at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater with Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry™ member Charlie Louvin and Patsy & Donna Stoneman of the legendary Stoneman Family.

VALERIE SMITH recently oined the growing number of artists and labels using Airplay Direct (a popular radio service company) to launch TWO NEW SINGLE RELEASES,Blame It On The Bluegrass” and her new Christmas single, “Send Yourself Home for Christmas.”  Last week, the Christmas song was #4 on the service’s Global Radio Indicator Top 50 Chart along with 8 songs from previous albums.  This week, 2 songs from previous albums appear on the airplay Direct Global Bluegrass Chart with 5 songs from appearing on the Airplay Direct Global Americana Singles Chart including  “I Feel The Blues Movin’ In” from Turtle Wings (Rebel Records) appearing in the #5 spot.

For more information on VALERIE SMITH & LIBERY PIKE including BLAME IT ON THE BLUEGRASS please visitwww.valeriesmithonline.com

HIGH RES PHOTOS:
Valerie Smith photo by Peter Nash, HIGH RES
Becky Buller photo by Ted Lehmann, HIGH RES

CONTACTS:

Becky Buller, Email: becky@beckybuller.com
Valerie Smith Touring
PO Box 142
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
(931) 389-0223 ph / (931) 389-0224 ph/fax
BellBuckleBanquetHall.com
ValerieSmithonline.com
(931) 389-0223 office

RADIO: AirplayDirect
for Valerie Smith’s new singles

MEDIA:
Hope River Entertainment
678.377.3298
Email: contact@hoperiverentertainment.com

Charlie Louvin, Valerie Smith, Becky Buller & more at Old-Fashioned Christmas

Historic downtown Bell Buckle, Tenn., invites one and all to join them December 4, 2010 for the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas

Events begin at 11 am with a free marionette puppet show at Pinocchio’s Place.  Free carriage rides with Santa as well as hot chocolate and cookies for the kids are available at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall from 12 to 5 pm.  Stay for free musical performances from Valerie Smith and Becky Buller, the Jolly Family String Quartet and the Coventry Carolers.

Enjoy shopping and antiquing at all our fine stores.  And while you’re at it, check out the winter market on the front porch of Bell Buckle’s newest store, Country Pickin’s, from 11 am to 5 pm.

The days wraps up with a very special Country Christmas concert at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall at 7:00 pm featuring Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers and Patsy & Donna Stoneman of the legendary Stoneman Family, along with special guests Valerie Smith and Becky Buller.  Smith will also perform her newly released Christmas single, “Send Yourself Home for Christmas.”

Tickets for the Country Christmas concert are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the world-famous Bell Buckle Cafe.  For more information about the concert, call the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall at (931) 389-0223 or visit them online at BellBuckleBanquetHall.com.

For more information about Old-Fashioned Christmas in Bell Buckle, contact the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce at (931) 389-9663.

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CONTACTS:

Becky Buller, Email: becky@beckybuller.com
Bell Buckle Banquet Hall
Valerie Smith Touring
PO Box 142
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
(931) 389-0223 ph / (931) 389-0224 ph/fax
BellBuckleBanquetHall.com
ValerieSmithonline.com
(931) 389-0223 office

RADIO: AirplayDirect
for Valerie Smith’s new single, “Send Yourself Home for Christmas”

MEDIA:
Hope River Entertainment
678.377.3298
Email: contact@hoperiverentertainment.com

Send Yourself Home For Christmas – New single by Valerie Smith

Multi-award winning vocalist, Valerie Smith has just released a new Christmas single, “Send Yourself Home For Christmas.”  The song was written by Lisa Aschmann and Joni Bishop and is reminiscent the 1940’s era of classic Christmas songs.   Valerie provides her trademark vocals and is joined by Becky Buller (fiddle, vocals); Ernie Evans (mandolin, guitar and vocals), and Rebekah Long(bass). 

“Send Yourself Home For Christmas” is now available for sale via CD Baby and other outlets.  Radio is being serviced by Airplay Direct and physical copies upon request.

“Valerie Smith is one of the great female voices of acoustic music and has a HUGE Christmas hit with her single, Send Yourself Home For Christmas! Her sultry, sweet, voice reminds you of all the special things we all desire during this beautiful time of year. Happy spirits, smiling faces, lights, trees, presents, candlelight, a cracklin’ fire, and a special love that we long for – waiting for it and always hoping. Isn’t that what Christmas IS all about? Love and Hope? This one is definitely destined to be a classic favorite during Christmas holidays from now on, says Gracie Muldoon, WorldwideBluegrass.com

On November 27, 2010, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike will perform at the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, Troubadour Theatre and broadcast the following week on WSM 650 AM.  The band has several Christmas shows planned next month including the Old-Fashioned Christmas Concert in Bell Buckle, TN (12/4); A Bluegrass Christmas at LVD’s Concert Hall in Goshen, IN (12/10); Christmas Concert in Two Rivers, WI (12/11); and the Hedgehog Music Showcase in Arcadia, IN (12/12). 

Valerie Smith and Becky Buller will also be performing this Friday night, November 19th, 6:00 pm at the Bell Buckle Cafe, Bell Buckle, TN. For more information and additional tour dates, please visit www.valeriesmithonline.com

Benefit Raises Over $20,000 for Charlie Louvin


Photo by: Dan Harr, Music News Nashville
Left-Right: Camella Ramsey, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Charlie Louvin, Jerry Douglas, Viktor Krauss

Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin along with the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in Bell Buckle, Tenn., would like to thank everyone who came out for the benefit concert and auction on Saturday night, Oct. 30.  Over $20,000 was raised to help Louvin, who is battling pancreatic cancer, with his medical bills.

“I’m not surprised, not really,” said performer Valerie Smith, who helped host the event. “Everybody loves Charlie and everybody wants to be able to give back to someone who has given so much to country music.”

“It was such a pleasure to be able to help a dear friend in need,” said J. Gregory Heinike of the Bell Buckle Cafe and Banquet Hall.  “And it was so sweet of Alison Krauss to help a dear friend in need and I’m appreciative to everyone who supported this benefit so tremendously.”

“I’m thrilled with all the people that were here and I appreciate the folks who gave something to the auction,” said Louvin.

The star-studded evening included Patsy and Donna Stoneman of the legendary Stoneman Family; Valerie Smith & Becky Buller; Wildwood Valley Boys; Jon Weisberger; Mike Scott; Ray Wix, Michael Cleveland, Mike Allen; Bobby Powell; Jeff Berry; Jeff Haley, Wilford Ray; Billy Kitchen; Kristi Morris Band; Shane Blackwell; Kraig Smith and more.

Of course, the highlight of the evening was a set of five Louvin Brothers songs performed by Americana megastar Alison Krauss along with Union Station members Ron Block and Jerry Douglas, her brother Viktor Krauss and friend Carmella Ramsey.

“Being on the same stage as Alison Krauss was enough to keep the thrill going from here on out,” said Louvin.  “She blew my hat in the creek when she offered to perform, but when she said they’d do all Louvin Brothers songs, well, that just cinched it for me.”

Krauss had wonderful things to say about Mr. Louvin, the Louvin Brothers and their music as well.  Her comments can be seen in a very nice article by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette of Shelbyville, Tenn.  The full story can be viewed here.

David Boley of the Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin’ in Webster’s Chapel, Ala., presented Louvin with a plaque commemorating the entertainer’s induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  Louvin, who now lives in Wartrace, Tenn., is a native of Henagar, Ala.

Thanks to Jerry Shelton, Johnny Foster and Tom Waynick from Shelton Auction & Realty of Shelbyville, Tenn., for conducting the live auction.

Special thanks to Rhonda Vincent, who could not join us for the event Saturday night.  Instead, Vincent put together a package including a signed Martin 000 guitar, which was auctioned on her website.  The winning bid of $1900 came from Linda Little of Virgie, Ky.  Thanks, Linda!


Please support those businesses who have shown their support of Mr. Louvin:

In Manchester, Tenn.: Jiffy Burger, The Manchester Police Department, Kilby’s Discount Furniture & Appliances , Russell Stover , Charles Glass Company, Foothills Crafts, Hoover’s Jewelers, Smoots Flowers & Gifts, Home Depot , Northside Clocks , KKs  , Crystal’s Past & Present  , Dixie Outfitters Southern Heritage Store, The Frame Shop, Toliver’s Pawn Shop, Starbuck’s Coffee , Family Music Center  
In Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Captain D’s 

In Nashville, Tenn.:Grand Ole Opry, 650 AM WSM , Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, International Bluegrass Music Association, ASCAP , BMI , Manuel , Charlie Daniels’ Museum, Big Joe’s Guitar Works, Tommy’s Tours, Bigtime Boots  

In Lynchburg, Tenn.: , Lynchburg Gifts & More, Nina’s Taste of Tennessee, Sully’s Gift & Cowboy Jacks,
The Knotty Eye, The Dry Country Sill General Store, Lynchburg Harley-Davidson, Iron Kettle Restaurant,
Lost and Found Relics, Lynchburg Drug, Bar-B-Que Caboose Cafe  

In Shelbyville, Tenn.: Victory Nissan South, Nature’s Health, New Covenant Christian Bookstore,
Badcock & More Home Furniture, Kincaid Service Company , Celebration Travel , Christopher Equipment , Shelbyville Record Shop , Barrs , Hoover Paint , Heritage Jewelers, First Community Bank, J. Jordan ,
Ole Grapevine Antiques, Antique Art & Collectibles, Haynes Brothers Lumber Co., Yoes Brothers, Pomegranate, Abundant Church, Tyson Foods, M & L Greenhouse, Dotson Produce, Shelbyville Pawn & Gun,

Lewisburg, Tenn.:Action Tents 

In Bell Buckle, Tenn.: Vera’s Pearls, Phillips General Store, Cat’s Meow, Bell Buckle Cafe , TC Bags, 82 Market, Designz By You , Countryside Home Decor 

Wartrace, Tenn.: Gallagher Guitars 

Thanks also to these individuals and bands for donating to the silent auction: Jimmy C. Newman, Monroe Crossing , Tennessee Backroads Heritage, John & Judy Osborne, Phillip & Teresa Odle, Mike & Linda Allen, Cypress Cowboy, Cedar Hill , Sabal Palm Old-Country & Bluegrass Festival , Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival , Maggie Britton Vaughn, Gretchen Wilson, Little Joe, Guy Gilchrist, Jason Galaz, LaFinn Management, W. Michael Bush , Alan Messer Photography

Services: T. J. Hall Photography, Music New Nashville, Dan Harr, Hope River Entertainment Publicity

Due to the large number of donations that came in during the benefit itself, we realize we may have inadvertently left someone off this list.  If so, we do apologize.  Thank you again to all who made this event possible and such a great success.

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CONTACT INFO:
High res pic of Charlie Louvin here

Becky Buller
Bell Buckle Banquet Hall
PO Box 142
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
(931) 639-1590 cell / (931) 389-0223 office / (931) 389-0224 fax
becky@beckybuller.com / BellBuckleBanquetHall.com

or

Penni McDaniel
Hope River Entertainment
678.377.3298
Email: contact@hoperiverentertainment.com

 

Blue Moon Rising’s “Strange New World”

Well this is an album we have been so excited about!  Today Rural Rhythm Records released “STRANGE NEW WORLD” by BLUE MOON RISING  produced by Randy Kohrs and Blue Moon Rising. Band leader, acclaimed songwriter and our good friend, Chris West (lead vocals, guitar) has put together an awesome young and very talented band including:  Brandon Bostic (mandolin, vocals); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Owen Piatt (banjo); with special guests, Tim Crouch (fiddle) and Randy Kohrs (Dobro). 

We have been a fan of Chris West’s songs since the BMR’s “On the Rise” album years ago and he definitely keeps that signature Blue Moon Rising sound on “STRANGE NEW WORLD.”   Of course Chris definitely had enough original material to fill up this album (7 of his songs included), but he called on some other talented songwriters including, Mike Dekle, Kevin Denney, Becky Buller (Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike), Jon Weisberger, Jeremy Garrett and Clint Wilson.

Make note to listen to Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction “Track by Track” show with host Kyle Cantrell late November that will feature songs from “Strange New World.”  

There is no shortage of retail outlets carring this album, so to get your copy – either digital or audio CD, check out: Walmart (click here for available Walmart locations for a store in your area ), Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Ernest Tubb Records Shops, County Sales, Music Shed, Borders, and many more locations.

Oh and last but not least, make sure to watch the band’s video promos for each track of the album at the band’s YouTube page. For information on the new album, tour schedule and more, please visit www.bluemoonrisingband.com