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KASU presents Valerie Smith and
Liberty Pike as part of Bluegrass Monday concert series, now at the
historic Collins Theatre
August 19, 2010
KASU-FM’s Bluegrass Monday concert series presents award-winning
bluegrass entertainer Valerie Smith and her band, Liberty Pike, tonight
at 7 p.m. at Bluegrass Monday's new home, the Collins Theatre. The
Collins Theatre is located at 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown
Paragould. ASU will
(literally) pass the hat to collect money to pay the musicians, and the
suggested donation is $5 per person.
This concert is the first in the series to be held at the historic
Collins Theatre. Constructed in 1925 and extensively renovated in recent
years, the Collins Theatre has 543 seats, as well as state-of-the-art
audio, video, and lighting systems. Valerie Smith's soulful, unique
voice has delighted audiences at concerts across America, in Canada, the
United Kingdom, and throughout Europe. Smith is the winner of multiple
awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and
she has been nominated for IBMA Song Of The Year and Emerging Artist Of
The Year awards. She has been nominated for Grammy and Dove awards and
has recorded six CDs.
Smith grew up in tiny Holt, Missouri, and now lives in Bell Buckle,
Tennessee. She attended the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music
in Kansas City, receiving a degree in vocal music education, which led
to stints teaching music in schools. A chance encounter with old-time
musicians Junior and Betty Parker led to pursuit of a career as a
Valerie Smith's band, Liberty Pike, features acclaimed fiddler,
songwriter, and vocalist Becky Buller. Buller is a native of southern
Minnesota who began playing Suzuki method violin at age ten. At age
thirteen, she joined her parents’ bluegrass band and was participating
in fiddle contests, winning the Minnesota Junior Fiddling Championship.
Buller graduated from East Tennessee State University, where she was an
active participant in that institution’s acclaimed bluegrass and country
music studies program.
She has won multiple songwriting contests, and her songs
have been recorded by bluegrass artists such as Rhonda Vincent, David
Parmley, Mark Newton, IIIrd Tyme Out, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
Recordings of her songs have also been hits on numerous bluegrass music
airplay and sales charts. Buller has recorded two CDs of her own and has
appeared as a guest artist on more than a dozen other releases.
In addition to the concert by Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike at 7 p.m.,
area bluegrass musicians are invited to come to Terry’s Café, 201 South
Pruett Street (one block east of the Collins Theatre) beginning at 5
p.m.for an open jam session. Musicians are asked to bring only acoustic
instruments and to play only bluegrass music. The jam sessions will end
promptly at 6:45 p.m. Terry’s Café will also be serving plate dinners
beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the evenings of Bluegrass Monday concerts.
Concessions will also be available at the Collins Theatre.
Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday night of each
month. These concerts are presented with
support from Phillips Funeral Home, Backbeat Music, Main Street
Paragould, the Posey Peddler, the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass
Association, and KASU. KASU, 91.9 FM, is the 100,000 watt public
broadcasting service of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. For
more information, contact KASU program director
Marty Scarbrough at (870)972-2367.
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