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VALERIE SMITH (AND LIBERTY PIKE)

  • From Holt, Missouri. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Began performing at age 11 at the Gas Station Garage in her hometown.
  • While in high school, she performed on shows with Vince Gill, John McEuen and Vern Gosdin.
  • Studied at the University of Missouri’s Conservatory of Music. Graduated in 1989.
  • Was an elementary school teacher before moving to Nashville in 1992.
  • Performs regularly at the Bell Buckle Cafe and Music Parlor (in Bell Buckle, Tennessee).
  • 1997, first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry as a guest of Charlie Louvin.
  • 1997, recorded first album Patchwork Heart (Bell Buckle), produced by Alan O’Bryant.
  • 1998, formed her band Liberty Pike.
  • 2000, released Turtle Wings album (Bell Buckle).
  • 2001, Valerie’s mandolin player Eddie Lee Miller died in an auto accident on the way to the IBMA trade show in Louisville.
  • 2002, released No Summer Storm album (Bell Buckle).
  • 2005, Valerie and her band performed on the sound track to “Bell Witch: the Movie.”
  • 2006, released Wash Away Your Troubles album (Bell Buckle).
  • 2006, underwent surgery to remove cysts from her vocal chords. After several months of rehabilitation, she returned to performing with her band.
  • 2008, recorded an album of duets with Becky Buller who was a member of her band at the time, Here’s a Little Song (Bell Buckle).
  • 2008, released That’s What Love Can Do album (Bell Buckle).
  • 2014, released The Human Condition album (Bell Buckle).
  • 2016, released “Small Town Heroes” album (Bell Buckle).
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