Bluegrass Today Review of "Small Town Heroes"

"Valerie's vocal skills are impressive-she has a staggeringly expansive range and the ability to project an amazing array of emotions. She can be sassy, sultry, siren-like, sweet, smooth, soothing and smoldering-sometimes on the same song"!  - Dave Higgs,NPR

Missouri's Valerie Smith is a of the movement of well written songs well sung, and her albums boasts some terrific material that Smith handles with unassuming grace. Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post

"...developed her own-unique style and sound of music that rocked the bluegrass industry. In today’s music, she would be called a crossover artist with songs charting on gospel, country, bluegrass and roots music. Valerie and her warm voice can be recognized on television to radio and people throughout the world have been entertained by her ability to create energetic bands and shows. She has worked with several acclaimed established artists and musicians and is proud to be here with her band. Please let me introduce, IBMA, GRAMMY and DOVE nominated artist, Valerie Smith and her band, “Liberty Pike.”Bluegrass Nation

"..immediate critical acclaim as a well-rounded album by an exciting new talent, but it was Smith's breezy, wistful treatment of Gillian Welch's "Red Clay Halo" that accumulated airplay on bluegrass radio shows in the U.S. and as far away as Estonia and Australia. The album was later picked up and given wider distribution on Virginia-based Rebel Records, and well into 1999, "Red Clay Halo" remained a fixture on the monthly Top 30 survey published by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. After renaming her band Liberty Pike and releasing Turtle Wings in 2000, she steadily began to book more concerts and festivals throughout the country. In 2002, she followed with "No Summer Storm". ~CMT, Country Artist,  John Lupton, Rovi

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Down in tiny Bell Buckle, TN, Valerie Smith has been quietly building an independent bluegrass career for several years. Her new CD, The Human Condition, contains a number of surprises. Not the least of them is this haunting, imaginative, acoustic re-working of the 1984 Genesis rock hit. There’s plenty more head-turning and ear-catching stuff elsewhere, from Gloria Estefan’s “Reach” and George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” to Buck Owens’s “Just as Long as You Love Me” and Martina McBride’s “Where I Used to Have a Heart,” plus Jessi Colter’s “I’m Not Lisa.” Also don’t miss the stunning album graphic design."
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Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine


........No shrinking violet, Smith has chosen to tackle a topic as wide as the oceans. The Human Condition is a collection of covers, each examining a part of our shared predicament, arranged in a variety of acoustic roots styles. You’ll find banjo and fiddles on Michael Jackson’s Man In The Middle, a pedal steel-driven version of Here Comes The Sun, and as you can see in her latest video, an acoustic rock take on That’s All by Phil Collins.-Bluegrass Today, John Lawless